H-Series ACE Doubles

H-20 KENNETH BULMER The Key to Irunium (cover by Gray Morrow; 1967; listed as "first book publication") and H-20b ALAN SCHWARTZ The Wandering Tellurian (cover by Jerome Podwil; 1967; listed as "complete novel")

H-21 JACK VANCE (aka JOHN HOLBROOK VANCE) The Last Castle (cover by Jack Gaughan; 1967; listed as "first book publication") and H-21b TONY RUSSELL WAYMAN World of the Sleeper (cover by Jack Gaughan; 1967; listed as "complete novel")

The Last Castle won the 1967 Nebula Award for best short novel. The publication of this story in Galaxy (magazine) had some of the best Jack Gaughan ink drawings displaying the creatures and characters of this tale.

H-22 TOM PURDOM Five Against Arlane (cover by Jack Gaughan; 1967; listed as "first book publication") and H-22b EMIL PETAJA Lord of the Green Planet (cover by Kelly Freas; 1967; listed as "complete novel")

H-27 JUANITA COULSON Crisis on Cheiron (cover by Jerome Podwil; 1967; listed as "complete novel") and H-27b E. C. TUBB The Winds of Gath (cover by Kelly Freas; 1967; listed as "first book publication")

Original cover art by Kelly Freas for The Winds of Gath.  Oil on board.  15" x 10" with KF 'bug' lower center. 

H-29 WALT and LEIGH RICHMOND The Lost Millennium (cover by Jack Gaughan; 1967; listed as "first book publication") and H-29b A. BERTRAM CHANDLER The Road to the Rim (cover by Jerome Podwil; unaccredited; 1967; listed as "complete novel")

Original JACK GAUGHAN concept painting for the cover of the THE LOST MILLENNIUM. The art is painted on a 10 x 5.5" illustration board that has been matted by the artist. The matt opening is about 7 x 4.25" although the painted area is larger and extends under the matt. GAUGHAN has signed the matt with his monogram signature and titled the piece "AVALANCHE". This is obviously the final prelim painting as it is very near the published version of the image and also has "OK" written in the upper left hand corner of the matt -- which, I assume, is written by the art director.

H-34 MACK REYNOLDS (aka DALLAS McCORD REYNOLDS) Computer War (cover by von Zitzewitz; unaccredited; 1967; listed as "first book publication") and H-34b E. C. TUBB Death is a Dream (1967; listed as "complete novel")

H-36 EMIL PETAJA Tramontane (cover by Jack Gaughan; 1967; listed as "first book publication") and H-36b MICHAEL MOORCOCK The Wrecks of Time (cover by Jack Gaughan; 1967; listed as "complete novel")

H-40 E. C. TUBB C.O.D. Mars (cover and frontspiece illustration by Jack Gaughan; 1968) and H-40b JOHN RACKHAM (aka JOHN T. PHILLIFENT) Alien Sea (cover by George Ziel and interior illustration by Jack Gaughan; 1968)

JOHN T. PHILLIFENT wrote SF from the mid-1950's to the early 1970's, and died in 1976. Most of his work was published under the pen-name "JOHN RACKHAM." He claimed to reserve his best work for publication under his own name, some of those starting to appear in the mid 1960's in Analog (formerly Astounding), and a half-dozen books under his name in the 1970's (including 2 Ace Doubles.) Phillifent followed the inventor of the Ace Double (Donald A. Wollheim) to the new company (DAW Books) he formed in 1972 when he left Ace Books.

H-48 ELLEN WOBIG The Youth Monopoly (cover by Jack Gaughan; 1968; listed as "complete novel") and H-48b LAN WRIGHT (aka LIONEL PERCY WRIGHT) The Pictures of Pavanne (cover by Jack Gaughan; 1968)

H-51 EMIL PETAJA The Prism (cover by Jack Gaughan; 1968; listed as "first book publication") and H-51b JOHN M. FAUCETTE Crown of Infinity (cover by Kelly Freas; 1968; listed as "complete novel")

H-56 ERNEST HILL Pity About Earth (cover and interior sketch by Kelly Freas; 1968; listed as "complete novel") and R. A. LAFFERTY Space Chantey (cover and interior chapter heading sketches by Vaughan Bode; 1968; listed as "first book publication")

Space Chantey is the only ACE cover by Vaughan Bode.

Original cover art by Vaughan Bode for Space Chantey. Mixed media on 10.5" x 16.5" board with image area of 8.5" x 14.5." Signed in silver ink (BODE) on a rock on the left and titled in pencil in lower right of board. On verso, in capital letters in Bode's handwriting, is written: COVER FOR R.A. LAFFERTY'S "SPACE CHANTEY" - (the Ace book number H - 56 is written in pencil) - Vaughn F. Bode Dec., 1967.

VAUGHN BODE (d. 1975) works includes one of the first underground comics, Das Kamph (self-published, 1963) and many other underground comics in the 1960s. His cartoons appeared in National Lampoon Magazine and Galaxy Magazine, and he is well-known for his comic strip, Cheech Wizard. In 1969, Bode won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist, and was nominated for Best Professional Artist. Bode won the Yellow Kid Award in 1974 at the Lucca comics festival in Italy. In 2006 Bode was (posthumously) inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame for comic artists.

H-59 LOUIS TRIMBLE Anthropol (cover and frontspiece by Jack Gaughan; 1968; listed as "first book publication") and H-59b PHILIP E. HIGH The Time Mercenaries (cover by Gray Morrow; frontspiece by Jack Gaughan; 1968; listed as "complete and unabridged")

PHILIP EMPSON HIGH was an English science fiction author. Born in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire on 28 April 1914 his writing career spanned over 50 years before his death in Canterbury, Kent on 9 August, 2006.

H-65 MACK REYNOLDS (aka DALLAS McCORD REYNOLDS) Mercenary From Tomorrow (cover by Jack Gaughan; 1968; listed as "complete novel") and KENNETH BULMER The Key to Venudine (cover by Kelly Freas; 1968; listed as "first book publication")

H-70 EMIL PETAJA Doom of the Green Planet (cover by Jerome Podwil; 1968; listed as "first book publication") and H-70b DEAN R. KOONTZ Star Quest (cover by Gray Morrow; 1968; listed as "complete novel")

H-77 E. C. TUBB Derai (cover and interior sketch by Jeff Jones; 1968) and H-77b JUANITA COULSON The Singing Stones (cover by Kelly Freas; 1968; listed as "first book publication")

H-85 PHILIP E. HIGH Invader on My Back (cover and frontspiece illustration by Jack Gaughan; 1968; listed as "first book publication") and H-85b DAVID GRINNELL (aka DONALD A. WOLLHEIM & LIN CARTER) Destination: Saturn (cover by Kelly Freas and interior illustration by Jack Gaughan; c. 1967; 1968; listed as "complete and unabridged")

H-91 JOHN RACKHAM (aka JOHN T. PHILLIFENT) The Proxima Project (cover by John Schoenherr; frontspiece by Jack Gaughan; 1968; listed as "first book publication") and H-91b LAURENCE M. JANIFER (aka Larry M. Harris) and S. J. TREIBICH Target: Terra (cover and fronstspiece by Jack Gaughan; 1968; listed as "complete novel")

H-95 CLIFFORD D. SIMAK So Bright the Vision (cover by Gray Morrow; 1968) and H-95b JEFF SUTTON The Man Who Saw Tomorrow (cover by Jack Gaughan; 1968)

H103 MACK REYNOLDS (aka DALLAS McCORD REYNOLDS) Code Duello (cover by Kelly Freas; 1968) and H-103b JOHN M. FAUCETTE The Age of Ruin (cover by Gray Morrow; 1968)


H-103 was released December 1968 and is the last of the H-series. The five numeral-series starts with 22600 on January 1969.

 

Last update 14 August 2017

 

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