Sunday, September 29, 2013

James McCracken's illustrations for THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN

Illustrations and calligraphy by James McCracken for Robert Browning's poem, "The Pied Piper of Hamelin."

The dust jacket illustration is from the Internet. All the rest of the illustrations are from my 1931 edition of the book.

Thursday, September 26, 2013


Rick Griffin was an artist who made his reputation during the golden age of the poster craze for rock shows. He did album covers and other commercial jobs, and the art world took notice. It is a true tragedy that he died young, at age 47 after a motorcycle crash.

In 1971 SURFER magazine had this giveaway comic produced by Griffin (there are other artists represented as well, including R. Crumb who provided a page that is racially offensive. You have been warned.) The comic was 20 pages, and in a large 8 1/4" x 11" format.

In 1973 Print Mint did a standard-sized reprint, adding pages. These are the new pages: