The staff associated with the magazine were also key to the modest success of Starburst
. The first designer I worked with was Stewart Orr, who'd been assistant designer on Woman's Own
at IPC. But Stewart moved quickly back into mainstream magazines and Spielberg fanatic Steve O'Leary took over as Art Editor. He was joined quickly by Rahid Khan and the two worked as a team on both Starburst
and Doctor Who Monthly
Where Stewart had been a mainstream magazine art editor, Steve and Rahid were - and probably still are - film fans and comic fans. Their love of the subject matter showed in their work and we'd often work hours into the evening - if we weren't at screenings - just getting pages out the door that looked decent.
Even so, with a staff of three, two monthly magazines was a bit of a stretch and after a couple of years struggling along, we added two further members of staff, Roger P. Birchall and Steve Cook.
However, Steve O'Leary left around this time, so we'd really only added assistant editor Roger to the team.
In retrospect, I should've unloaded the Doctor Who work onto Roger. I don't know why I didn't, now. But even after the move from our dank Kentish Town basement offices at the end of 1983 to the relatively upmarket location of Bayswater, I was still very much hands on with Doctor Who Monthly, dealing with Doctor Who producer John Nathan-Turner on a day-to-day basis, and at the same time, editing Starburst magazine.
That's not to say that the addition of Roger to the staff wasn't a huge help. It certainly gave me the time to re-evaluate where we were going with Starburst and plan for a revamp.
By mid-1984, with the magazine printed on glossy paper thoughout, and with designer Steve Cook's input we redefined the concept of Starburst and I finally had the magazine I'd always wanted.