A Personal Journal
I have always been a fan of the illustration. It was probably early exposure to the Saturday Evening Post, Colliers Magazine and books illustrated by Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell, N. C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, Frank Schoonover and others. As a child, my grandparents had many of the James Fenimore Cooper books illustrated by Wyeth on their shelves when I visited them and my birthplace in the Catskills Mountains of New York. We were just over a few hills from Cooperstown and it seemed obligatory to have these masterpieces on your shelves.
collector since before I was 10 years old, I began to accumulate
seriously in my teens. I had taken an after-school job in a
bookstore in the mid-1960's. When the ACE
Edgar Rice Burrough's
books were released, I was ready to reread the
John Carter of Mars series...and the covers were incredible.
It was then that I started to collect books just for their covers.
I remember being attracted to Baum's Wizard of Oz paperback published by Airmont Classics with a cover and illustrations by Roy G. Krenkel. I grabbed a handful of them, convinced they were something to keep.
When I moved to New York in the late sixties, I quickly found myself in a collector's paradise. I was in the right place at the right time.
Jeff Jones had just moved to New York City from Atlanta to make his mark on illustration. Soon after Michael Kaluta, Bernie Wrightson and Steve Harper took up residence in the same building, eager to make their mark, too. And that, they did.
I met them and, soon after, Roy G. Krenkel. He and I hit it off. He
introduced me to EC Comics,
Frederic Remington bronzes,
Frank Frazetta and so much more. I became
immersed in a wonderful area for comic, fantasy and science
fiction illustration art. Soon I was into collecting and
In the future, I will add more art and pictures to these pages. I hope that some of you will drop me a line and let me know your thoughts and feelings about these pages.
Richard Garrison 1996, 2012