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Volume 5837

The World of Comic Art
The Historical Journal of Comic Art and Caricature
1966 Articles from the Ray Cuthbert Collection
PART I: Edgar Rice Burroughs and J. Allen St. John

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Fall 1966 with the article "The Burroughs No One Knows" by Dorothy McGreal - pp.12-15

Fall 1966 with the article "J. Allen St. John" by Stan Vinson - pp.16-17 -

Ray Cuthbert – A Collector’s Brief Biography 

I came by my collecting interests honestly.  My father, Chester D. Cuthbert was the true collector.  He amassed what was believed to be the largest science fiction and fantasy collection in Western Canada over his lifetime, eventually donating the bulk of it to the University of Alberta in 2007, a few years prior to his death.  My Dad said that so far as he could recall, the first fantastic novel he read was Edgar Rice BurroughsTarzan the Terrible, which was printed as a serial in the Argosy All-Story magazine, a weekly magazine his own father subscribed to.  It was first published as a serial in the pulp magazine Argosy All-Story Weekly in the issues for February 12, 19, and 26 and March 5, 12, 19, and 26, 1921.  By the age of twelve my Dad’s favourite author had changed from Burroughs to Abraham Merritt, whose novel The Ship of Ishtar, published in the same Argosy All-Story Weekly magazine beginning November 8, 1924.  Chester loved the novel so much that he would read it nearly annually for most of the rest of his life.

Hugo Gernsback, often referred to as the “Father of Science Fiction” published two of my Dad’s stories in the February and July 1934 issues of Wonder Stories, when he was 21 years of age and single.  Both were deemed good enough that they were later reprinted in book or magazine form.

Growing up with such a collection as my Dad’s meant two things: (1) collecting was both normal and to be aspired to, and (2) there is no way that I could compete with my father’s collection of science fiction and fantasy, so I'd better pursue my own interests which were mainly about comic art.  My Dad and I shared an interest in the writings of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and because of this my Dad gave me his collection of the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs which I have supplemented in the years prior to and since that gift was made.

I started buying comic books in 1963 with my huge allowance of 5 cents a week.  Since comic books were 12 cents each I needed to save up three weeks for the first comic book and two more weeks to get a second!

I never gave up purchasing comic books except for a period of months when I was transitioning from university student to graduate school student.  In 1976 I began an even more satisfying aspect to my collecting – I began collecting original comic and fantasy artwork.  My favourite artist since childhood has always been Alex Raymond, who created the FLASH GORDON, JUNGLE JIM, SECRET AGENT X-9 and RIP KIRBY comic strips. My collection has a number of examples by this wonderful artist, as well as a number of other favourites familiar to collectors of comics and Burroughs such as Dave Stevens, Frank Cho, Al Williamson Mark Schultz, J. Allen St. John, Frank Frazetta, Thomas Grindberg and a number of other artists whose work excites me.  That portion of my collection is so large that there will never be enough wall-space to display it all, and much of that portion of my collection is in art portfolios.

Editor's Note:
Ray has appeared previously in ERBzine:
* A Review of Darrell Richardson's J. Allen St. John book ~ ERBzine 1747
* The News Story about the donation of his Dad's Collection ~ ERBzine 1947

More ERBzine Features on
The Life and Works of Burroughs and St. John

ERB Bio Timeline
Biographical Sketches I
Biographical Sketches II
Official Bio at our site
ERB: The War Years
ERB Personal Library
The ERB Photo Galleries

St. John Colour Gallery
St. John Biography and Colour Art Gallery II
ERBzine 0682: Guide to St. John Features in ERBzine
ERBzine 0683: St. John Gallery II ~ Line Art
ERBzine 1642: St. John Gallery III
The J. Allen St. John Self Portrait
A Face in the Pool


ERBzine 5837
ERB and J. Allen St. John
Plus Previous Features & Ray Cuthbert Bio
ERBzine 5838
Harold Foster
Plus Links to Bio/Tarzan/Prince Valiant
ERBzine 5839
Hugo Gernsback
Plus Links to the ERBzine Tributes

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