Artist and Illustrator

 

Roy studied arts under George B. Bridgman and later with Burne Hogarth. Professionally, he first drew comics for EC and other houses. It was through this schooling and comic work, he met and worked with Al Williamson, Frank Frazetta, Ernie Bache, John Severin, Wally Wood, and others. Roy went on to illustrate SF magazines and, I hear, some paperback covers for historical novels. Roy's illustrations for science fiction magazines are not many, but often were very good.  Click here for a link to his illustrations for James Schmitz's Gone Fishing in the May 1961 issue of Astounding.  When Canaveral Press released a series of Edgar Rice Burroughs hardcovers, they called upon Roy, along with Frazetta, Reed Crandall, and others, to illustrate these volumes.

Don Wolheim, author and editor in the paperback field, "discovered" Roy and tapped him to illustrate the new line of ACE Edgar Rice Burroughs paperbacks. Roy won a HUGO as Best Artist in 1963. This was followed by a Heroic Fantasy Art award and a Bronze Hammer award.

Among Roy's first paperback covers for Wolheim at Ace was At the Earth's Core (F-156) by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Roy's success led to more work that he wished to handle. So, he recommended his friend, Frank Frazetta, who took up much of the slack. Frazetta was no longer working with Al Capp and while he did have his movie posters work, Frazetta did the paperback covers and soon acquired cult status. Later in an interview in the early 1970's by Doug Murray in the fanzine INFINITY, Frazetta identified his first Ace cover as Gulliver of Mars by Edwin L. Arnold (F-296).

Roy's success led to more work that he wished to handle. So, he recommended his friend, Frank Frazetta, who took up much of the slack. Frazetta was no longer working with Al Capp and while he did have his movie posters work, Frazetta did the paperback covers and soon acquired cult status. Later in an interview in the early 1970's by Doug Murray in the fanzine INFINITY, Frazetta identified his first Ace cover as Gulliver of Mars by Edwin L. Arnold (F-296).

 

 

 

 

However, I think it is more likely that it was Tarzan and the Lost Empire (F-169).

 

 

Beginning in 1964, Jim Warren introduced CREEPY and EERIE magazines with black and white comic art. From the beginning, he sought the best cover artists, including Frank Frazetta, Jack Davis, Gray Morrow and others. Roy never did a cover for a Warren book...or did he? I have found several cover roughs in my archives of both realized and unrealized Warren covers. These are interesting footnotes to comic history, as some of them are roughs of covers that Frazetta painted for the Warren magazines.

It is widely reported that Roy and Frank cooperated on many of the early Ace covers. Did some of the Warren covers feature the same collaboration?

Decide for yourself -- check out the Creepy/Eerie Related Work.

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What's Coming Up
  • Mike gives Roy some artist's Markers
  • Now Berni, he can do drapery

  • Roy and Research

  • He was the guy with the sneakers and a cigarette in his mouth

  • Roy's Minatures

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