The Illustrated Harlan Ellison
Edited by Byron Preiss
Illustrated by Steranko, Ralph Reese, Thomas Sutton, William Stout, Wayne McLoughlin, Overton Loyd, Alfredo Alcala, Leo and Diane Dillon
The author's longtime love of the comics finally merges with his own work. Seven first-rate Ellison scenarios, given a visual dimension by some of the top illustrators around, make this an utter delight.
Some stories ("The Discarded," "Shattered Like a Glass Goblin") seem genuinely to benefit from pictorial embellishment; in others ("Croatoan" principally) the author's words paint a much better picture than any artist, no matter how skillful, ever could. And the 3-D treatment of "'Repent, Harlequin!' said the Ticktockman" -- complete with cheesy blue/red specs! -- is more likely to produce nausea than it is any enhanced appreciation for that classic story.
Those are mere quibbles, though; if you can find this out-of-print treasure, nab it.
Note: The 1980 Ace pocket paperback edition omits several of the stories and all of the colors.
- Deeper Than the Darkness (Illustrated by Wayne McLoughlin)
- Croatoan (Illustrated by Thomas Sutton, Alfredo Alcala and Stephen Oliff) (trade edition only)
- "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman (Illustrated by Steranko, production by Ken Bruzenak, 3-D separation production by Neal Adams and Alex Jay)
- The Discarded (Illustrated by Thomas Sutton)
- An Ellison Tapestry (Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon) (trade edition only)
- Shattered Like a Glass Goblin (Illustrated by William Stout) (trade edition only)
- Riding the Dark Train Out (Illustrated by Ralph Reese) (trade edition only)
- I'm Looking for Kadak (Illustrated by Overton Loyd)
Byron Preiss/Baronet trade paperback 1978 (first edition)
Byron Preiss/Baronet limited edition hardcover 1978
Ace paperback 1980