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    Gahan Wilson (Designer) H.P. Lovecraft Bust World Fantasy Award Sculpture for Publisher Glenn Lord Memorabilia Science Fiction (World Fantasy Convention, 1978). Cartoonist Wilson's passion for horror fiction shaped his dark-humor cartoons for Playboy magazine, but it was in his homages to author H.P. Lovecraft that Wilson really let his freak-flag fly. This foot-tall bust of Lovecraft is a dimensional interpretation of a Wilson design, complete with Wilson's google-eyed facial details. It was manufactured during 1975-2015 for presentation to recipients of the World Fantasy Award, recognizing a year's best bizarre fiction. This near-pristine specimen went to publisher Lord (1931-2011) - best known for his career-spanning representation of the estate of Robert E. Howard, originator of the Conan the Cimmerian cycle of stories. The World Fantasy Convention at length retired the Lovecraft image in response to a popular backlash arising from a mounting awareness of Lovecraft's history of bigoted attitudes. (The replacement statuette by Vincent Villafranca depicts an eerie moon-and-tree image.) Gahan Wilson, who found Lovecraft's blatant racism lamentable but admired his storytelling skills, also created a detailed map of Lovecraft's fictional town of Arkham, Mass., as well as the sleeve design for an Arkham House Publ. anthology of Lovecraft's ghost-writing tales, The Horror in the Museum (1970). This bust comprises burnished metal bolted onto a marble base, with an engraved plaque and a lightly worn/scuffed bottom pad of felt. It stands 12.25" tall by 4.5" in width and 4.5" in depth. The condition (apart from the padding) is Excellent.
    From the Gary Munson Collection.


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