Monday 31 October 2022

The Spooky Art of Diving III

 It's been a few years since I did a Halloween themed post so here are a few spooky items to enjoy.

I posted this cover back in May but it's Joe Kubert so I'm sure you won't mind seeing it again, this time with the associated story.

I particularly like the depiction of the ghost on page five.

Teny Henson (usually "Tenny" in US publications) is from The Philippines and worked for Filipino publishers in the fifties and sixties. From the mid-seventies until the mid-eighties, he worked for DC on their war and horror titles. He then moved into animation, working as a storyboard artist on shows such as Animaniacs, X-Men and Tiny Toons.

This 1958 Fantastic cover is one of 32 painted by Edward Valigursky (1926-2009).

After serving in the US Navy, Valigursky studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the American Academy of Arts and the Art Institute of Pittsburg. He worked as an art director for Ziff-Davis, publishers of Fantastic, and Quinn Publishing before going freelance. He produced over 100 covers for Ace Books, particularly for their science-fiction titles (I featured one of them back in 2017). He later moved into advertising and also produced work for the US Air Force and Air National Guard. Five of his paintings are on display in The Pentagon.

Finally, here's an item from a 1963 issue of Boy's World.

Friday 28 October 2022

The Recreational Art of Diving

Another quickie today. This book was published by the Underwater Unit of the Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation. Quite a fun cover I thought.


Saturday 22 October 2022

Two of a Kind - Death Wore Fins

 Just a quick one today - two editions of Death Wore Fins by Dale Clark. I'm glad Mr Clark chose "Fins" for the title; "Death Wore Flippers" wouldn't have sounded as good!

1959 first edition:

The first edition also had this image on the spine (on the dustjacket and the actual book).

1962 paperback: