03 March 2015

The Flayed Hand

Classics Illustrated presages EC comics with this gem from 1944.    Dan Levin  adapted  Guy de Maupassant's story for the comicbook medium and  Allen Simon  drew it.

02 March 2015

Analog 1971

The last year of John Campbell's reign as editor produced some memorable entries.

JAN~The cover (by Freas) story was  "The Telzy Toy" by Schmitz, one of the better of the series. There was an interesting fact article about the lack of science in law enforcement. Dickson's massive "The Tactics of Mistake" finally ended.

FEB~ Freas cover for the start of the Lloyd Biggle, Jr. serial "The World Menders".  I always liked Freas' space ship scenes.  P. Schuyler Miller reviews include several of Arthur C. Clarke's older books... must have been recently reissued. Christopher Anvil and Jack Wodhams have short stories.

MAR~ Freas' portrait of a chair graced the March issue, for a novelette by   Katherine MacLean. The serial continued, as well as short stories by Stanley Schmidt and Christopher Anvil. P. Schuyler Miller reviewed Heinlein's "I Will Fear No Evil". I can't remember if he liked it or not.  The novel might be memorable as the first time one of the Big 4 of classic SF (RAH, Asimov, Clarke, and Bradbury) used the "F word". Might be the only time.

APR~~ Campbell lectures on ecological disaster, Biggle's serial ends. Cover by  Frank Kelly Freas. F. Paul Wilson story,

MAY~Campbell on the environment again. Another Freas spaceship cover. Gordon Dickson serial "The Outposter" starts.   James H. Schmitz offers another Telzey tale, and Jerry Pournelle has a story.

JUN~ One of the iconic Freas "Spaceship & Face" paintings  illustrate yet another Telzey story by James H. Schmitz. Hard to call this science fiction. Not much to James H. Schmitz  issue memorable. An Alan Dean Foster story, a review of "Ringworld".

JUL~ As he neared his end, Campbell seemed to have gone deep with the ecological doom theme. But it produced a nice cover by Freas.  A landmark article about the computer game "Spacewar" makes this issue interesting. More F. Paul Wilson.

AUG~ Yet more Telzey, this time a two parter.  G. Harry Stine has a science article.  John W. Campbell passed away about the time this issue hit the stands. Ben Bova took over officially the next year.

SEP~ Campbell had enough editorials filed to last at least thru the year, and this month's is once again on ecology. The first of three John Schoenherr covers for 1971 illustrate a story by F. Paul Wilson. John T. Phillifent has a story as well as   Jack Wodhams.

OCT~Nice John Schoenherr cover for a serial by John T. Phillifent. Campbell again on the environment.  

NOV~ Schoenherr cover. Conclusion of the Phillifent story. Stories by Glen Beaver and Rob Chilson.

DEC~Kelly Freas is back with the cover for Pournelle''s serial which will be published in book form as KING DAVID'S SPACESHIP. Pournelle also has a story under the pen name Wade Curtis.

01 March 2015

Wonder Woman 1942

Henry George Peter (March 8, 1880 – 1958) was a newspaper illustrator and cartoonist.
(l to r) William Moulton Marston, H. G. Peter, Sheldon Mayer, Max Gaines (1942)

   His most lasting work came when the 61-year-old artist brought William Moulton Marston's Amazonian superheroine Wonder Woman to life on the pages of comic books (even though Peter went on to be uncredited in her creation) in December 1941.  In April 1942, he opened his own studio at 130 W. 42nd Street in Manhattan. In March 1944, the success of the Wonder Woman comics and newspaper strip led to the opening of the Marston Art Studio at 331 Madison Avenue at 43rd Street.  The fourteenth floor studio, one floor above Marston's office, was run by office executive Marjorie Wilkes Huntley, who also contributed some inking and lettering. Joye Hummel went from being Marston's assistant to writing full scripts for the comic, the only other writer for Wonder Woman during the Golden Age. While Peter pencilled the stories, covers, and strips and inked the main figures, he was assisted by a series of female commercial artists who did background inking.  The staff also included Helen Schepens as colorist, and Jim and Margaret Wroten as letterers,  with some lettering done by daughter-in-law, Louise Marston.

Although Marston died in 1947, Peter continued with Wonder Woman until his death in 1958.

Here are a few of his sketches for WW, and two examples of his style, not much known to the modern day casual fan.

Wonder Woman #2 (Fall 1942)

28 February 2015

Comic Book Cover / Splash Page Clones, Part 24

Special WONDER WOMAN edition. All artwork by  Ross Andru and Mike Esposito

#133 (October 1962) Slightly different POV

 #108 (August 1959), slightly different POV

 #134 (November 1962) . Different POV

#138 (May 1963) Differing POV, a little seperated in time.

#139 (July 1963) POV change

#112 (February 1960) . Differet POV. On cover it is Bonnie that is falling instead of WG.