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Heads Up: IDYL – I’M AGE by Jeffrey Jones

Late to the party again… but life (and laziness!) gets in the way… anyway… last year, near the end of the summer, Donald M. Grant published the first-ever all-in-one collection of two comic strips by Jeffrey Jones: Idyl, which originally ran in National Lampoon in the 1970s, and I’m Age, which ran in Heavy Metal in the early 1980s.

I received my two hardcover copies of the collection in the autumn of 2015 — I ordered from Amazon.com as neither the hardcover nor the softcover edition was unavailable through Amazon.ca, although I suppose I could have ordered directly from the publisher, which would have netted me a complimentary copy of Jones’s cartoon book, It’s Garbage Coming — and now I’m here to let you know that I have one complaint and one concern about the book.

My complaint is that Grant has failed to include one of the I’m Age strips in the new collection and instead of going back to press to correct the error has been encouraging buyers to download a JPEG of the strip via a link on the order page, print it off at home, and slip it into the book, which I’ve done, of course, though I’m not happy about it. The overall number of strips is small. Was it really such a difficult task to create a complete, master list of strips and proofread the collection accordingly? Mistakes happen, sure. And yes, yes, going back to press to correct a publisher’s error (vs. a printer’s error) would have been prohibitively expensive. But COME ON!!!

My concern is that the introductory and other text in the collection completely ignores Jones’s struggle, in later years, to claim a more authentic identity for herself as a woman. No mention, even, of the name change from Jeffrey Jones to Jeffrey Catherine Jones. Now, Jeffrey Catherine Jones was, by all accounts, perfectly content to let her old friends continue to refer to her as Jeffrey, and of course, the major collection of her art published during her lifetime, with her participation, after she began her transition, bore the title, Jeffrey Jones: A Life in Art. Still, it seems wrong to me for Jones’s “friends” to act, now (or then), as though Jeffrey *Catherine* Jones never existed! The omission is especially egregious in George Pratt’s “Afterword,” which recounts an outing that was filmed, in part, by Maria Paz Cabardo for her documentary, Better Things: The Life and Choices of Jeffrey Catherine Jones. If you’ve seen the footage, you know very well what I’m talking about!

In fact, I think a strong case could be made that, far from being irrelevant to the strips, Jones’s ongoing gender-identity struggle was central to them. Pity that neither Jones’s publisher nor her friends were ready, willing, or able to imagine the possibility!

Anyway, I do love the work. And I do recommend the book, because the sad fact is, it’s the only game in town if you want to have two of Jones’s three major comic strips available in your non-virtual library in a convenient format at a reasonable cost.

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Look Here: Two more covers with art by Jeffrey Jones

One of the following covers with art by Jeffrey Jones is pretty badly scuffed. Can you guess which one it is?

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If I ever come across a better copy of The New Adam, I’ll probably buy it. I only purchased the battered copy that you see above at a local church sale because I couldn’t, at that moment, remember having seen one before, ever.

As for my copy of The Hand of Kane, I have to say, it’s in much better condition than the scan makes it look.

And so it goes…

Keywords: Jeffrey Jones, The Hand of Kane by Robert E. Howard, The New Adam by Stanley G. Weinbaum.

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Look Here: CONJURE WIFE, with cover art by Jeffrey Jones

Took me a while to find a nice, cheap copy of Fritz Leiber’s Conjure Wife with “Woman fleeing from…” cover art by Jeffrey Jones, but in the summer of 2013 I got lucky… and now that I’ve finally gotten around to scanning it, I can show you what it looks like:

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Look Here: One lovely cover with art by Jeffrey Jones

Although I don’t travel very often or very far, and I have never gone on any kind of “book buying trip,” I am definitely a happier traveller when I am able to steal time from the “real” purpose of any trip I might take to visit a few stores that sell used books. Last Friday, for instance, my wife, our son, and I drove from Regina to Calgary, via Saskatoon, to attend a wedding, and over the next few days, return trip included, I managed to spend a couple of hurried hours browsing through a thrift shop and four different bookstores… although, unfortunately for me, only three of the four sold used books that I could afford. The fourth — which is actually the store in Calgary that I visited first, and only because it was located near a comics and Magic card shop that our son wanted to visit — was clearly designed to appeal to upper-middle-class bibliophiles with discerning taste and deep pockets, i.e., not me. I was fairly happy with both the selection of books and the prices at the two “Fair’s Fair” used bookstores we visited in Calgary, however, and very happy with the selection and prices at the store that we stopped at, briefly, in Saskatoon on the return trip.

And so now, here I am, typing this post while sitting about a metre from two-dozen vintage paperbacks, all newly accessioned to my collection, including this one, with cover art by Jeffrey Jones, which has been on my “want list” for a few years now:

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More later, of course!

Keywords: The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth and Other Stories by Roger Zelazny, Jeffrey Jones.

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Look Here: A “fantasy classic” with cover art by Jeffrey Jones

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Well, folks, I’m almost to the end of my collection of paperbacks with cover art by Jeffrey Jones. Of course, I’m always on the lookout for books that I don’t have, but since I can’t afford to pay what many online booksellers want for old paperbacks, I generally have to hope that I will stumble upon what I want for cheap at a thrift store, rummage sale, small-town bookstore, or what have you…

Wish me luck!

Keywords: Three Hearts and Three Lions.

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Look Here: Another three Zebra/Kensington REH paperbacks with cover art by Jeffrey Jones

One of the highest of the many high points of Jeffrey Jones’s career as a cover illustrator was the magnificent series of large-scale oil paintings the artist produced for the Zebra Books reprints of the works of Robert E. Howard. I’ve posted eleven of Jones’s wraparound covers so far, and today I’m back with three new ones — A Gent from Bear Creek, Pigeons from Hell, and The Undying Wizard — which I recently acquired:

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If Jones produced covers for more than fourteen Zebra/Kensington collections of the works of Robert E. Howard, I would be interested to hear the news, because as far as I am aware, fourteen titles is the complete set.

The other eleven Zebra/Kensington REH paperbacks with cover art by Jones that I’ve scanned and posted here at RCN can be viewed via the following links:

Look Here: Three more Zebra/Kensington REH paperbacks, with cover art by Jeffrey JonesThe Incredible Adventures of Dennis Dorgan, The Lost Valley of Iskander, The Iron Man.

Look Here: Another couple of R.E.H. covers, with wraparound art by JonesTigers of the Sea, The Second Book of Robert E. Howard.

Louise Simonson on Frank Frazetta, Jeffrey Jones, and photo referenceā€¦The Vultures of Whapeton.

Look Here: Three more R.E.H. covers, with wrap-around art by JonesWorms of the Earth, Sword of the Gael, The Book of Robert E. Howard.

Look Here: Two Zebra/Kensington REH covers, with art by Jeffrey JonesThe Sowers of the Thunder, Legion from the Shadows.


BONUS SCANS:

As luck would have it, I have two excellent copies of The Vultures of Whapeton in my collection of mouldering pulp fiction. I scanned one of the copies back on 12 February 2012 and posted the result here, and I like the scan well enough, but since I’m in a scanning mood at the moment, I think I’d like to try again. So here, just for fun, is a scan of my other copy:

Keywords: Breckinridge Elkins, A Gent from Bear Creek, Pigeons from Hell and Other Weird and Fantastic Adventures, Cormac Mac Art, The Undying Wizard, The Vultures of Whapeton.

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Look Here: Three more Fritz Leiber novels with cover art by Jeffrey Jones

Just finished scanning these, so the next step is to post them, like so:

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The “Jeffrey ‘Jeff’ Catherine Jones” category here at RCN — which currently clocks in at 122 posts, with more on the way — is a treasure trove of covers, comics, spot illustrations, sketches, and more. Check it out.

Keywords: The Swords of Lankhmar, Swords against Wizardry, Swords in the Mist.

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Look Here: Two classic Fritz Leiber novels with classic cover art by Jeffrey Jones

In my paperback collection, I have at the moment at least half a dozen of the novels in Fritz Leiber’s “Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser” series with cover art by Jeffrey Jones; here are two of them, freshly scanned and processed for your viewing enjoyment:

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More later!

Keywords: Swords against Death, Swords and Deviltry.

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Look Here: Three more Zebra/Kensington REH paperbacks, with cover art by Jeffrey Jones

More Jones covers, scanned by me from my own collection:

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To view all of the Zebra/Kensington paperbacks with cover art by Jeffrey Jones that I’ve posted over the years, click here.

Keywords: The Incredible Adventures of Dennis Dorgan, The Iron Man, The Lost Valley of Iskander

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Look Here: An obscure novel with rudimentary but provocative cover art by Jeffrey Jones

Think furry fetishism is a twenty-first century innovation in sex? Think again…

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As is usually the case with the fantasy and SF paperback covers that I post, I myself created the above image from my very own copy of James Broom Lynne’s novel.

And lest you think I am nearing the end of my supply of paperbacks with covers by Jeffrey Jones, let me assure you that I have enough for several more posts, at least.

Keywords: The Wednesday Visitors.