The Sword and Planet Art of Richard Hescox

ERB’s Amtor and Barsoom. Moorcock’s “Old Mars.” Norman’s Gor. “Alan Burt Akers”/Ken Bulmer’s Kregen/Antares. Artist Richard Hescox—who turns 70 today—has painted them all over the course of five decades, making him one of the preeminent living artists in the Sword and Planet field.

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Props to Alex Raymond

Alex Raymond was admired by Jack Kirby, Frank Frazetta, Gray Morrow, Joe Kubert, Gil Kane, Neal Adams and John Buscema—on top of being one of the most successful comics creators of all time. The fact that he was a pretty cool guy outside of his work in the comics field just makes it more imperative to give him the proper respects.

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Reavers of Skaith: Saving the Last For First

Leigh Brackett died forty years ago today. Being in a nostalgic mood, I decided to honor the occasion by rereading her final novel, Reavers of Skaith. While it may have been her last novel, it was my very first exposure--at the tender age of twelve--to her fiction and to her most enduring creation, Eric John Stark. I knew of Leigh by way of The Empire Strikes Back and "Reavers" was the only Brackett the Oswego Public Library had--not that I'm griping, mind you. Reavers of Skaith packed a wallop that I've never forgotten.

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