I don’t know what made me think of it, but earlier today I was struck by a particularly vivid memory of reading Storm comics. When I think of “fantasy art”, the first name that springs to mind for me is not Boris Vallejo, but rather Don Lawrence. Lawrence was never terribly big in the UK, but he was huge in the Netherlands. Storm was published in weekly chunks in the comic Eppo, and whenever a story was running the delivery of each new issue was an occasion to be treasured. Googling around this evening, I was sad to see that Don Lawrence died in December of last year.
I used to have a whole bundle of Storm books, but I haven’t seen them in years, which means they’re probably gone. They have all been reprinted in beautiful new editions, but at €595 for the whole set (about £400), they’re going to have to wait for a very special occasion. Goodness, the price of nostalgia these days….