Move Over, Harley Quinn

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Move Over Harley Quinn

Before making fan-boy accusations please look at the date on this drawing. 1988! I did this work of art for Steve Jackson to be use in publishing the Daily News Bulletin for Nolacon II, the 1988 World Science Fiction Convention held in New Orleans. Harlequins are a “Nawlins” feature and were prominently featured in all the Worldcon publications that year–and it wasn’t that far of a jump to go from “Harlequin to “Quinn, H” (for Harley).

As to why she’s a she? I like drawing girls!

Simultaneous gestation of ideas is a funny thing. It happens more than you think–and that is why it is prudent to go ahead and fork over the forty or fifty bucks that copyright fees cost now. The media is so pervasive, pervasive to the point that we can’t avoid seeing the same “inspirations” everybody else sees, which in turn can easily cause more than one person to come up with very similar ideas.

….of course you couldn’t convince me of that in 1967. Imagine my chagrin when the super-villain “Mekano” appeared on the cover of X-Men, sporting a suit and powers very close to the character “Mechano” that I had spent most of the winter working up. What baffled me the most was trying to figure out how Marvel’s spies managed to climb up on the roof, lean around the eave and photograph my Mechano diagrams through my frosted-up plexiglas window.

I hope they made a LOT of money to make up for what they spent on that adventure.

Raid on Iran Cover Art

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Raid on Iran Cover Art

Even though this was the sixth game cover I produced, it was one of the first to see print. I did a number of covers for Howard Thompson at Metagaming in early 1980 but for various reasons they were either delayed or never saw print…which is disappointing. Howard assigned art as “work-for-hire” and kept all the originals–and I was not consistent at first about documenting my work.

This shows that “movie poster” influence that I came out of undergraduate studies with. It was no accident that the M60 was part of the composition–I was a platoon leader at the time; during the week I was painting this at night but I was with my machine gunners qualifying at the range during day… and I wasn’t going to waste good reference!