Saturday, May 08, 2010
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.