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Idler, The

UK general interest magazine, one of the first to appear following the enthusiastic reception of The Strand, but not a slavish imitation. It was founded by Robert Barr and William Dunkerley (better known as John Oxenham) with Jerome K Jerome as the initial editor. It ran from February 1892 to March 1911, monthly, missing just two months. Robert Barr was the proprietor until he was forced to sell the magazine in 1898 when it passed through a succession of publishers and editors. Initially Barr ...

Hescox, Richard

(1949-    ) US illustrator who, between 1976 and 1993, painted some 135 covers for sf and fantasy books, and who thereafter has devoted his artistic endeavours to the Games industry and to private works. / Hescox received his formal art education at Citrus Junior College, Glendora, California, and more significantly at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California, where he took Fine Arts as a major. Even while still there he began eking out an income by ...

Hancock, Anson Uriel

(1856-1895) US author whose Coitlan: A Tale of the Inca World (1893) describes an Incan civilization in Peru at the time of the Spanish conquest; their fate is intertwined with that of a doomed race of tiny humanoids with tails (see Apes as Human; Lost Race). Coitlan is a princess. [JC]

Popp, Walter

(1920-2002) US illustrator, son of German-American muralist Gustave Gutgemon (1860-1952) and Austrian-American immigrant Kathe Popp (1880-?   ). Popp sold his first Pulp magazine illustrations prior to the US entry into World War Two, in which he served until 1945, afterwards studying art for a time. From 1947 well into the 1950s, Popp sold a good deal of artwork in various genres to the pulps, including some two dozen known covers for SF Magazines. These were primarily for the ...

Kirk, Richard A

(1962-    ) UK-born artist, illustrator and author, in Canada from childhood, active as an illustrator from the 1990s. His curvilinear, chiaroscuro-ridden, metamorphic landscapes and portraits show the influence (which he has openly acknowledged) of predecessors from Aubrey Beardsley (1866-1896) and Mervyn Peake, on to contemporaries like Frank Frazetta and Moebius (Jean Giraud); in some of his more intricately claustrophobic presentations of figures seemingly trapped in ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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