April 7th in Science Fiction, Comics, and Games
Endpapers for the Winston Science Fiction juvenile book line, by Alex Schomburg
Henry Kuttner (April 7, 1915 — February 4, 1958) was a leading author of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. He frequently collaborated with his wife, C. L. Moore, whom he met through their mutual involvement in the Lovecraft Circle. Their work appeared under numerous names, most famously Lewis Padgett. The film The Last Mimzy is based on the Padgett story “Mimsy Were the Borogoves.”
James White (April 7, 1928 — August 23, 1999) began as one of the “Wheels of IF” in Irish fandom, and co-edited Slant and Hyphen with Walter Willis. He began selling science fiction short stories in 1953, and became well known for the Sector General stories, which established the sub genre of medical science fiction. In addition to the twelve Sector General books (some novels, some short story collections), he published nine other books.
Special effects supervisor Stan Winston (April 7, 1946 — June 15, 2008) won four Academy Awards for his work. He is best known for his horror and science fiction makeup.
Stan Winton along with several creatures he designed.
Alex Schomburg (May 10, 1905 — April 7, 1998) was a commercial artist who began freelancing for such magazines as Thrilling Wonder Stories beginning in the 1930s, drew covers for Marvel predecessor Timely Comics featuring virtually all the superheroes in the Timely stable, and subsequently primarily did book covers, including the endpapers for the Winston Science Fiction series (above).
Newspaper strip artist Johnny Hart (February 18, 1931 — April 7, 2007) was best known for his comics B. C. and The Wizard of Id.
from B. C., by Johnny Hart
Dave Arneson (October 1, 1947 — April 7, 2009) is best known as co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons and its Blackmoor campaign world. He worked briefly for TSR in the 1970s, and subsequently sued the company for credits and royalties. As a result, Dungeons & Dragons is co-credited to Arneson and Gary Gygax, but Advanced Dungeons & Dragons was originally credited to Gary alone. I met Dave a few times during my years at TSR.