Sunday, January 3, 2016


Outermost: The Art and Life of Jack Gaughan; Luis Ortiz (Nonstop Press; 2010; ISBN 978-1-933065-16-8; cover by Jack Gaughan)

I picked up this book as it seemed to be the only one out there covering the art of Jack Gaughan, who, along with a few others (John Schoenherr and Richard Powers in particular) really dominated the artwork for genre books and magazines in the 1960's.

Unfortunately, it was something of a disappointment. It seemed to short when it came to artwork. The text is biographical in nature, somewhat scant on Gaughan's technique. It only really seemed to come alive when the author talked about Gaughan's interactions with the famous genre artist Hannes Bok (the section about Bok's death is particularly touching).

It is, as I said, the only one that seems to be out there. It would be nice to have had something three times in length, or larger reproductions. Maybe the future?

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