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Crump, Irving

Entry updated 22 March 2021. Tagged: Author.

(1887-1979) US author and editor of Boys' Life for 25 years, 1915-1923 and 1935-?1952. He is known almost exclusively for his sequence of Young Adult Prehistoric SF novels, set in Europe "500,000 years ago" and featuring the resourceful pre-Neanderthal Og, who introduces fire to his tribe, fights off various dangerous beasts including giant tapirs, mammoths, mastodons and snake (though not, correctly, the by then extinct Dinosaurs) and comports himself with commendable dignity throughout. The book titles are Og – Son of Fire (December 1921-May 1922 Boys' Life; exp 1922; rev into Big Little Book format, graph 1936), Og – Boy of Battle (October 1924-October 1925 Boys' Life; 1925), Og of the Cave People (September 1933-June 1935 Boys' Life; coll of linked stories 1935) and Og, Son of Og (first four episodes April 1954-May 1959 Boys' Life; much exp 1965). Five further Og stories in Boys' Life (July 1935-January 1936) did not reach book form. The first volume of the series was extended into Radio form for a 1934-1935 series (the Big Little Book version is derived in part from this version), and into a Comics form from 1936 in The Funnies (1936-1942). An unfortunate racism infects Crump's presentation of an adjacent Apes as Human tribe described as Black and inherently inferior. Mog the Mound Builder (1931) is set in the Americas, but is otherwise similar. The Cloud Patrol trio [see Checklist], an Airplane Boys series, is essentially nonfantastic, though it presents a typical image of the future being earned in the air. [JC/DRL]

James Irving Crump

born Saugerties, New York: 7 December 1887

died Hackensack, New Jersey: 3 July 1979




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