Here’s another “treasure” from the library of yours truly. As far as I am aware, the painting on the cover of Devil Soul has not been reproduced in any form in any collection of the work of Jeffrey Jones published to date. Enjoy!
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As you can see, my copy of the novel is truly in excellent condition! It makes me happy just to know it is on my bookshelf. Is this what people mean when they talk about “pride of ownership”?
Earlier this week, I purchased a random selection of nine National Geographic magazines from 1967 and 1969 from a local thrift store. A few days later, as I was flipping through volume 135, number 4, from April 1969, I noticed an image by writer/photographer Malcolm S. Kirk that I knew I’d seen, in part, before. Here’s the comparison:
There were four books in the “Zanthar” series by Robert Moore Williams — Zanthar of the Many Worlds (1967), Zanthar at the Edge of Never (1968), Zanthar at Moon’s Madness (1968) and Zanthar at Trip’s End (1969) — but as far as I can determine, only the first, third, and fourth volumes had cover art by Jeffrey Jones. I’ve posted two of Jones’s “Zanthar” covers previously on RCN at a smaller size; now here are all three covers, re-scanned where necessary, and displayed in order of publication:
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Keywords:Zanthar of the Many Worlds, Zanthar at Moon’s Madness, Zanthar at Trip’s End.
I’ve posted some of these covers before, but I recently purchased some copies that, in a couple of instances, and for various reasons (like this, for example), are nicer than the books I scanned previously, so here I am to share with you:
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Keywords: The Guardians, The Killing Bone, Dark Ways to Death, The Haunting of Alan Mais, The Vampires of Finistere, Satan’s Child.
After I posted the above link, the thought occurred to me that many of those illustrations by Jones are exactly the right proportion for bookmarks. So I used Irfanview to quickly assemble a panoramic image of five of the nicest family-friendly images, added some light grey guidelines so I could cut them out with a box cutter and a metal ruler, printed them off at the highest quality on a full sheet of glossy photo paper, carefully sliced along the guidelines, and basked in the glow of my very own Jones bookmarks.
Below is a partial transcript of the above clip, with bold added for emphasis:
“Well, when Jeff did work for Warren, I wasn’t there [working for Warren] yet. I was, uhm, working in advertising promotion and, for another publisher, a magazine publisher in the city [New York]. Uhm, I think during this time Jeff may have discovered using reference? And it made a huge difference in his work. I remember at one point he, he, it suddenly occurred to him… okay, all right, back in the olden days there was a story that Frank Frazetta said that he never used reference and anybody who used reference was cheating. So a generation of young artists grew up thinking using reference is bad and cheating and this is, I don’t know, I don’t know why Frank did that because I know he used reference, I know he did. [Laughter.] Uhm, anyway, so I guess at one point Jeff just cracked and started using reference and his work got, it took a huge leap forward, so I do remember that, and I believe that was, maybe some of that might have been during the Warren period. Uhm, he just did a few things for Warren. He didn’t do that much.”
— Louise Simonson, Better Things Panel, San Diego Comic Con 2011