After spending the afternoon walking the hallways of the past, my mind was dwelling again on old influences, and I decided to make a few scans from some great old books from my youth. Here for consideration are five of them. Click on the pictures for closer looks.
1. From Thaddeus Jones and the Dragon, written and illustrated by Jerry Hjelm. Dudley writes a letter to the King.
2. From The Visitors From Oz, by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by Dick Martin. The Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, Jack Pumpkinhead, and Professor Wogglebug consult the Map of Oz and its surrounding countries. These are all established from later books after The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
3. From The Sea Monsters Around Us, by Lois and Louis Darling. Nessie emerges from the loch.
4. From Thaddeus Jones and the Dragon again. Meteoras checks his recipe for Instant Magic.
5. From Walt Disney's The Adventures of Mr. Toad. Adapted by John Hench, illustrations attributed to "The Walt Disney Studio." Some really good artist has been fiddled out of his credit. Mr. Toad waxes eloquent on the grandeur of his home.