EXTRACTS: Illustrators issue 21 © 2017 The Book Palace (96 PAGES in Full edition)

1 ISSUE TWENTY ONE CONTENTS 2 One of the foremost illustrators of fantasy shares his story with Diego Cordoba. 94 36 One of the earliest and most notable illustrators of Tarzan is subject to the scrutiny of Diego Cordoba. J. Allen St. John Rodney Matthews EDITORIAL His warm, humorous illustrations captured ‘The Heart of America’ as Diego Cordoba reveals. 68 Stevan Dohanos We are delighted to be able to present you with a long-overdue interview with legendary fantasy artist, RodneyMatthews. Rodney’s work spans much of the latter half of the last century, but despite the passage of time, his uniquely crafted visions remain as fresh and idiosyncratic as they were when he first burst into the collective consciousness in the early 1970s. Rodney’s interview was conducted by our ever affable deputy editor, Diego Cordoba. Diego’s second feature is centred around the life and work of Stevan Dohanos. Althoughhedidn’t quitegainthe fameofNormanRockwell, hishomespunandendearing illustrations of post-war life in the US won him so much acclaim that he was awarded the title, ‘the heart of America’ and, after Rockwell, was the second most popular artist of his day. Our third feature examines theworkof one of themost influential of allUS illustrators. J. Allen St. John’s illustrations for the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs made a huge impact on generations of youthful pulpmagazine readers—not least of whomwere artists such as Frank Frazetta, Roy Krenkel and Jeffrey Catherine Jones. For our final feature, we welcome the return of David Ashford, whose recent visit to a museum in Bushey, Hertfordshire, prompted him to write a truly engrossing feature on the queen of equestrian illustration—Lucy Kemp-Welch. Our Book Review section is brimming with some utterly irresistible titles for you to peruse, andwe are delighted to sharewithyouwhatwe hopewill be the first ofmanybook reviews by one of our favourite scribes and connoisseurs of the more esoteric and weird strata of trash culture. Cleaver Patterson has written for the Sunday Times Magazine, L.A. Review of Books and We Belong Dead Magazine, and needless to say we are honoured to have himon boardwith us. Diego Cordoba treats us to another of his stranger-than-fiction stories about the vicissitudes of the illustrator’s life and times—this time it focuses on a story about Jose Gonzalez in his pre- Vampirella days. As ever—we hope you enjoy it. Finally, a very BIG thank you to the helpful folks at DavidMessumFine Art, Heritage Auctions and the Korshak collection for helping us secure some great imagery. The opinions expressed in illustrators are those of the writers, and are not necessarily those of the editor and publishers. The accuracy of the authentication of all images is the responsibility of the contributors. From The Inside Apocryphal illustration stories. 96 The Bookshelf Movies, Toons and Dope. Cover Image: Rodney Matthews Illustrators The Book Palace Jubilee House Bedwardine Road Crystal Palace London SE19 3AP Email: IQ@bookpalace.com Web: www.bookpalace.com Contact GW: gw@bookpalace.com Tel: 020 8768 0022 (From overseas +44 20 8768 0022) Publisher: Geoff West Editor & Art Director: Peter Richardson Deputy Editor: Diego Cordoba Layouts for the first two features by Diego Cordoba. Consultant Editors: David Ashford, Norman Boyd. Alan Richardson Featured Writers: Diego Cordoba, David Ashford Website: Paul Tanner Subscriptions & Distribution: David Howarth Advertising: IQ@bookpalace.com illustrators ISBN 978-1-907081-45-3 ISSN 2052-6520 Issue Number 21 Published Winter 2017/18 Copyright © 2017 by The Book Palace Ltd. All text and artwork copyright is vested with the respective creators and publishers. None of the material within these pages may be reproduced without the written consent of illustrators or the aforementioned copyright holders. The images reproduced within these pages are for research purposes and all efforts have been made to ensure their historical accuracy. Illustrators is published quarterly Back issues £20 each plus postage 4 issue subscriptions UK £55 POST FREE includes 4 free digital issues EU/USA £70 POST FREE includes 4 free digital issues ROW £75 POST FREE includes 4 free digital issues Available in the USA from budplant.com Trade Orders : IQ@bookpalace.com Printed in China by Prolong Press Ltd One of the UK’s foremost equestrian artists is brought to life by David Ashford. Lucy Kemp-Welch 68