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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Roger Davis


Roger M. Davis was a cover artist who worked for Scion Ltd. in the early 1950s and was on staff in 1952-53. He signed a handful of covers in that period, and also contributed a comic strip to their Space Hero Comic in 1952. In 1954-55 he also produced covers for Gannet Press, including the covers and illustrations for both issues of Gannet's horror magazine Weird World.


What happened to Davis? To tell you the truth, I haven't a clue. Simon Marsh-Devine notes "he may have reappeared signing RD on a science fiction Digit cover, plus a couple that can be attributed as being by the same hand". This was around 1962 but I've yet to identify these covers. He is not the 'Davis' credited with a run of covers for the SF magazine Authentic in the 1950s, which were the work of John Richards.


The only other thing I know about Davis is that he was a friend of Jim Holdoway and got Holdaway some work with Scion in 1952, although the extent of that work is unknown.

2 comments:

Companion Fanatic said...

Looks like Roger Davis moved into nude photography, come the late 1950s with Art Advertiser and Studio News. Come 1960, did a publication of his own called Brush and Camera Magazine. He also went on to contribute to other photo and nude magazines.

Steve said...

Interesting... my notes on those old under-the-counter nude photo mags is a bit sparse, but I see he put out what was essentially a catalogue: Beauty to Order and did a magazine for Rosalinda/Complete Publications, which was probably connected to publishers/distributors English Magazine Co. Ltd. which was only dissolved as a company a month ago (20 August 2013).

Rosalinda was, I believe, another photographer from that era.