Clark Ashton Smith by Joe Wherle, Jr.

Excerpt from “The Creative Works of Joe Wehrle, Jr.” from The Digest Enthusiast No. 8, June 2018:

Joe’s book jackets for Mirage Press, include Is the Devil a Gentleman? by Seabury Quinn (1971), Asimov Analyzed by Neil Goble (1972), Revised H.P. Lovecraft Bibliography by Mark Owings (1973), and Fantastic Art of Clark Ashton Smith by Dennis Rickard (1973). “These seem to be the things that older fans remember to this day, and still mention in letters and email. This work led to jackets for Arkham House publishers, and record jacket art for Lava Mountain,” Joe once wrote.

Joe’s portrait of Clark Ashton Smith for Mirage Press is shown here. In 1973, it ran on the inside front cover of the Fantastic Art of Clark Ashton Smith by Dennis Rickard, with an introduction by Gahan Wilson, and as the cover of Planets and Dimensions: Collected Essays of Clark Ashton Smith edited by Charles K. Wolfe.

Joe’s bibliography appears on the Larque Press website.

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