Weird Science by Harry Harrison
From Weird Science #13

Harry Harrison was a science-fiction writer and editor, who began his career as a comic book artist in the same genre. Born Henry Maxwell Dempsey in Stamford, Connecticut, he eventually settled in New York. After serving in the US Air Forces during the Second World War, he took art classes from Burne Hogarth.

He teamed up with his fellow student Wallace Wood and together they began producing art for Fox, Quality and Fawcett, before joining EC Comics in 1948. The pair was mostly illustrating stories for the science-fiction titles Weird Fantasy and Weird Science, both sharing pencil and ink duties.

Harrison eventually broke with Wood and continued to work with Jules Feiffer and Warren Broderick at Fawcett for a while, while sharing a studio with Ernie Bache and Frank Frazetta. He was a member of the Society of Comic Book Illustrators, but left the field shortly afterwards to focus on writing and editing.

He served as an editor for Picture Week and Rocket Stories, but became best known for his 'Stainless Steel Rat' book series and the 1966 novel 'Make Room! Make Room!'. He also wrote for syndicated comic strips, creating 'Rick Random, Space Detective' with Ron Turner in Britain in 1954, and writing most of the 'Flash Gordon' newspaper strip for Dan Barry in the 1950s and 1960s.

Kelvin Gosnell and Carlos Ezquerra made three comic adaptations of 'Stainless Steel Rat' stories for 2000AD between 1979 and 1985. During his life, Harry Harrison has resided in Denmark, England, Ireland, Italy and Mexico. He passed away in his hometown Brighton, England, at the age of 87 in August 2012.

Last updated: 2012-08-20

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