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McIntyre, Ken

Entry updated 9 September 2023. Tagged: Artist.

(?   -1968) UK artist, active and popular in British Fandom from 1952; best known for his professional contributions to Nebula Science Fiction from 1953 to 1957, comprising four colourful though perhaps not greatly sophisticated front covers depicting planetary landscapes with Spaceships, Robots or Aliens, and one space-themed back cover in black and white. Similar black-and-white compositions dominated by huge planets in the sky appeared as 1960s covers for Vector and Zenith Speculation (see Speculation). His illustrations also featured in other fanzines including Gestalt, Operation Fantast Handbook and Triode.

Following McIntyre's untimely death in 1968 the juried Ken McIntyre Award for Fanzine art was set up in his memory and presented irregularly at the annual UK Eastercon from 1972 to 2000. Restrictive rules about the composition of the judging panel, and such requirements as that works must be nominated in advance of the convention and that both the original artwork and the published fanzine version were to be displayed in the convention art show, made administration difficult; even during its notional lifetime the award was often not presented. [DRL]

Kenneth T McIntyre

born UK

died UK: 23 August 1968


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