Monday, March 12, 2007

Charles Einstein, R. I. P.

Charles Einstein, who wrote for both Dell and Gold Medal, has passed away. Wallace Stroby has a fine tribute to the man and his work right here.

7 comments:

  1. What a great pic of Einstein & his granddaughter. He sonds like my kind of unpretentious guy. And he wrote some fine fine books, too. Ed Gorman

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  2. Todd Mason5:42 PM

    Wow. Quite a slice through the culture (and what a family, the Einsteins...though I think I prefer Bob Einstein as Officer Judy to Super Dave)...and an odd bit of coincidence, since this eulogy notes, and offers cover illos, from issues of MANHUNT and SATURN...SATURN being what became WEB DETECTIVE (and eventually WEB TERROR before expiring).

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  3. I'd forgotten about the evolution of Saturn. Those other mags are very pricey on eBay.

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  4. Well, WEB TERROR was the last [at least relatively well-known] "shudder" title till the Ed Wood one-shots in 1970 (which REALLY cost a fortune), and WEB DETECTIVE was going that way, as Peter Enfantino so entertainingly demonstrated in BARE*BONES (as reprinted on the web in MYSTERY FILE--hotlinked)...Peter never could bring himself to trudge through all the WEB TERRORs and synopsize them.

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  5. It's the covers that sell them, I guess.

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  6. Todd Mason6:47 PM

    Actually, the one WEB TERROR I've seen, but was unwilling to pay $20 or $40 for, had a plain text cover...the publishers were figuring, I guess, that if the customer was intrigued, or knew what they were looking for, any loss in sales due the relatively unimpressive cover would be less damaging than the upset a representative illustration would casue. But, yeah, the WEB DETECTIVE covers were pretty lurid...and I'd forgotten how cut down Peter's article was as posted...(same now-vanished store had a couple of those Wood items for something like $1000 each).

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  7. I've never even see the Wood items.

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