Strangely, Fletcher Hanks has become one of the most famous of unknown comic book artists. From 1939 to 1941, he created characters that hardly anyone’s ever heard of. Stardust the Super Wizard. Fantomah the Mystery Woman of the Jungle. Big Red McLane, King of the North Woods. Hanks’ renderings of these stories have been described as clumsy, crude, incompetent hackwork and, most frequently, just plain ugly. Oh, and he was also allegedly a drunk who abused his wife and kids be
Ivan Chermayeff and Kurt Vonnegut made beautiful music when they teamed up in 1980 to make a children’s book about creation. Seven Stories Press has just republished the book, and it’s as fresh as it was 37 years ago. I asked Chermayeff to talk about the creation’s creation. How did the project with Vonnegut come about?
Sun Moon Star came about with all the pages and the interplay of suns, moons and stars, some just color, with only my title. Kurt Vonnegut and I had a mutual