Entry updated 3 March 2020. Tagged: Artist, Comics, Fan.
(1943-2020) US artist who studied at The High School of Music & Art and the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, New York; long active in both Fanzines and Comics. His first professional sale of a cartoon was to Paul Krassner's The Realist in 1961. He contributed covers and/or interior artwork to Fantastic, several Worldcon souvenir books and many fanzines, including – to mention only those with entries in this encyclopedia – Algol, Ansible, File 770, Locus (in its pre-Semiprozine era), Mimosa, Psychotic, SF Commentary and Xero. He published in various underground comics venues from 1968, appearing in a number of 1970s and 1980s Kitchen Sink Comics titles including his own Hyper Comics (one issue, 1979): this featured "Gonzo Horror", an entertaining graphic spoof of H P Lovecraft. He also worked as a penciller for the UK division of Marvel Comics.
Stiles was a versatile artist of considerable range, but it is his distinctive and knowingly goofy cartoon style that is most admired in fandom. Book cover examples crowded with fannish icons include A Wealth of Fable (1992) by Harry Warner Jr, the 2002 reissue of Warner's All Our Yesterdays (1969), and Rog Phillips' The Club House (coll 2014) by Phillips. A Graphic Novel anticipating the Steampunk mode is The Adventures of Professor Thintwhistle and His Incredible Aether Flyer (February-December 1980 Heavy Metal; graph 1991) with Richard A Lupoff as Dick Lupoff, adapted from Lupoff's Into the Aether (1974).
see also: Fan Funds.
Stephen Willis Stiles
born USA: 16 July 1943
died Randallstown, Maryland: 11 January 2020
- The Adventures of Professor Thintwhistle and His Incredible Aether Flyer (Seattle, Washington: Fantagraphics Books, 1991) with Richard A Lupoff as Dick Lupoff [graph: first appeared February-December 1980 Heavy Metal: pb/Steve Stiles]
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