Illustration Art Gallery blog when I stumbled across this advert for DeReszkes Cigarettes. The advert appeared on 8 December 1922. Seymour Lucas died five months later.
The good news is that all thirty pages have now been reconstructed. That left ten missing pages across two stories, which have also now been scanned, and the third story - of twenty-five pages - has also been scanned. The third story, incidentally, will have some missing frames restored that didn't make the cut when it appeared in Look and Learn.
There's still quite a long way to go: I've cleaned up about a third of the pages, but some pages also need to be relettered and there's a fair amount of restoration required. I'm also mulling over the idea of adding a fourth story, which is probably a completely daft idea as it will add another twenty-four pages to my workload.
Another possible title that I'm not quite ready to announce yet also took a step towards reality this week. Hopefully I'll be starting on it before Christmas, by which time you'll know what it is.
Just to balance all this good news, I was knocked back on another book I wanted to do. The company in charge won't let me do it at this time, which is a bit disappointing. Maybe, one day...
The first title here isn't a novel, it's a collection, but I couldn't resist putting it in here because (a) I had the book to hand; and (b) it has a fine cover.
Next up are our three global disaster novels, beginnig with the classic The Death of Grass, which Penguin published with a stark cover by John Griffiths in 1963. I did a little digging around the internet and found a later edition from Sphere for comparison. In fact, I found later Sphere editions of all three books, so my thanks to the original scanner. The 1964 Penguin edition of The World in Winter has a cover by Bruce Robertson. For the third title, A Wrinkle in the Skin, we actually have two different Sphere editions.