Winterbotham, Russ

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(1904-1971) US newspaperman and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Star that Would not Behave" in Astounding for August 1935, and was a prolific contributor of Genre SF in the magazine before World War Two, becoming inactive in that sphere until the 1950s, when he again began to publish serviceable fiction. For a period in the 1940s, he created several tales for the Whitman Publishing Company (generator of the Big Little Books and other series for children), writing at least sixty Big Little Books for the firm, including the Maximo the Amazing Superman sequence beginning with Maximo the Amazing Superman (graph 1940) as R R Winterbotham, about a Mutant Superman who performs good deeds. As the author of various Comic strips throughout his career (he retired in 1969), he initiated Chris Welkin, Planeteer in 1951 and scripted it into the 1960s.

His return to sf around 1952 led to several exercises in Genre SF, beginning with The Space Egg (March 1958 Amazing; 1958), about an Invasion of Earth; several other sf adventures followed, including The Other World (1963) as by J Harvey Bond, and Planet Big Zero (1964), as by Franklin Hadley. None of these tales surpassed the routine; none were incompetent. [JC]

Russell Robert Winterbotham

born Salina, Kansas: 1 August 1904

died Bay Village, Ohio: 9 June 1971

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