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Hunter, Alan [2]

Entry updated 15 July 2021. Tagged: Artist, Fan.

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(1923-2012) UK artist who is best known for his intricately detailed black-and-white ink drawings. He also painted covers in the brightly coloured Pulp tradition for the first two issues of Nebula Science Fiction published in Autumn 1952 and Spring 1953, and was credited as this magazine's art consultant. Numerous early drawings in his more typical manner appeared as interior art in Nebula and New Worlds through the 1950s. A rare professional fiction appearance was "The Piper" ([September] 1953 Authentic #37).

Throughout a long working life Hunter was generous in his production of usually unpaid work for Small Presses, Semiprozines and Fanzines. The many publications which featured his artwork include Aklo, Algol and its successor Starship, Ansible, British Fantasy Newsletter, Dark Horizons, Fantasy Tales, Ghosts and Scholars, Science Fiction Chronicle, SFinx, Vector and Whispers. One arguably iconic design, illustrating the March/April 1973 Vector reprint of Philip K Dick's "The Android and the Human" (December 1972 SF Commentary), shows combat between a symmetrically positioned human armed with a gearshaft and Robot armed with a thighbone: echoing a conceit from Dick's essay, the man's torn flesh reveals metal while the robot oozes blood. Hunter continued to produce ink drawings – much beloved in Fandom – until well into his eighties; late examples include covers and interior art for Banana Wings in 2009. [DRL]

Alan Joseph Hunter

born Coventry, Warwickshire: 19 February 1923

died Bournemouth, Dorset: 1 August 2012

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