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Playboy cartoon illustration, page 179, April 1971
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Gahan Wilson (b. 1930)

Gahan Wilson was born on February 18, 1930 in Evanston, Illinois.

Wilson say of himself, 'I was a creepy little kid. I did the whole comic book thing, and then I discovered Weird Tales – instantly homed right in on that around high school, and just loved it” (www.lowbrowartworld.com).

Wilson’s first work appeared in 1954 in Amazing Stories.  As cartoonist, he is most know for hi work in Play Boy, Colliers and The New Yorker; where his drawings appeared and prose fiction appeared regularly for fifty years. Appearing in National Lampoon Wilson had a comic strip Nuts.  He thought of childhood strips like Peanuts as saccharine, leading him to create a hero The Kid who sees the world as occasionally a fun place ,yet was unfair, dark and dangerous.

In the 1950’s, Wilson was inspired by monster films and “irreverent” cartoonists in Mad and Punch Wilson maintain a continuing an association with F&FS as both a cartoonist and occasion reviewer.  In 1972, Wilson wrote and illustrated a short story for Harlan Ellison's anthology Again, Dangerous Visions.  Then in (c. 1975,) he contributed short stories to other publications such as: M1 and The Zombie Butler both appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and were reprinted in Gahan Wilson's Cracked Cosmos.  

In addition to writing, drawing and reviewing books and movies.  Wilson also made a video game with Byron Preiss, The Haunted House.  In 2010 a collection of his work, Fifty Years of Gahan Wilson, was published.  In the spring of 2011,  Fantagraphics announced a "complete" edition of Nuts.  In the documentary, Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird directed by Steven-Charles Jaffe, Wilson is the subject.

Awards Include:
2005 - Lifetime Achievement from World Fantasy Awards
            Lifetime Achievement Award from National Cartoonist Society
1981 - World Fantasy Convention Award

''Art should lead to change in the way we see things. If some artist comes up with a vision which gives a new opening, it usually creates a lot of stress, because it's frightening” (www.lowbrowartworld.com).

Sources Include:
www.lowbrowartworld.com
www.strippersguide.blogspot.com
www.en.wikipedia.org


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