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Dean, Mal

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Artist.

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(1941-1974) UK illustrator who died young, of cancer. Dean was well known in the jazz world as a trumpeter and as the mainspring of Mal Dean's Amazing Band (sometimes called just The Amazing Band), for his illustrations in such journals as Melody Maker, and for a number of album covers. In sf he is best known for the work he did for New Worlds in the late 1960s and early 1970s; it was especially associated with the Jerry Cornelius stories by Michael Moorcock and others. His work was mainly in black-and-white with a broad line and much cross-hatching; it was strong, often deliberately unpolished, but the reverse of artless. He favoured surreal juxtapositions, and often worked in the grotesque satirical tradition of Hogarth. New Worlds 8: The Science Fiction Quarterly (anth 1975) ed Hilary Bailey serves as a testimonial issue, containing an essay about Dean by Michael Moorcock, several poems by Dean's widow Libby Houston (1941-    ), four illustrations by Dean, and his short story "Slow Drag". A book of his art is Mal Dean, 1941-74: Cartoons, Illustrations, Drawings and Paintings (graph coll 1993) edited by Bryan Biggs. [PN/JGr]

see also: Jerry Cornelius.

Malcolm Fred Dean

born Widnes, near Liverpool, England: 15 April 1941

died London: 24 February 1974



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