September 16th in Science Fiction and Comics

 Anne Francis and Robbie the Robot from Forbidden Planet
Man, if Michigan J. Frog doesn't qualify as an O.G. pimp, NO ONE DOES!
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Milt Franklyn

Composer Milt Franklyn (September 16, 1897 – April 24, 1962) was a music director for the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes series. While most of his work is uncredited, he is known to have composed the score for “Bugs and Thugs” (1952), and is said to have scored “The Michigan Rag” for Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese’s classic “One Froggy Evening.”

H. A. Rey

Artist H. A. Rey (September 16, 1898 – August 26, 1977) and his wife Margaret wrote and illustrated the Curious George series of children’s books.

Anne Francis

Actress Anne Francis (September 16, 1930 – January 2, 2011) is best known in science fiction for her starring role as Altaira in Forbidden Planet (1956).

Lisa Tuttle

Author Lisa Tuttle (September 16, 1952 – ) won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (1974) and the BSFA Award for Short Fiction (1989), and notoriously refused the 1982 Nebula Award for Best Short Story for “The Bone Flute.” She co-authored the Hugo-nominated Windhaven, with George R. R. Martin, and has written over a dozen novels and anthologies. Born in Houston, she current lives in rural Scotland.

On a personal note, I published one of Lisa’s early stories in the University of North Carolina at Charlotte literary magazine Sanskrit, which I edited in the very early 1970s.

Kurt Busiek

Comic artist Kurt Busiek (September 16, 1960 – ) is best known for his work on the limited series Marvels, his own Astro City, and for a four-year run on The Avengers.


Cartoonist Seth (real name Gregory Gallant) (September 16, 1962 – ) is known for his series Palookaville and a mock-autobiographical novel It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken.