Wikipedia tells me that withdrawal symptoms can include headaches, irritability, an inability to concentrate, drowsiness, insomnia and pain in the stomach, upper body, and joints. Well, I can say no to a couple of those: I'm not particularly irritable and I'm not suffering from insomnia; but lack of concentration has been a problem, especially as it has been a more 'bitsy' week than the last few.
Mel says that she wants to buy me an Espresso, just to see what happens.
This has slowed my progress on the C. L. Doughty volume, but not too badly. I have 17 pages of original artwork processed for one 20-page story and five pages tidied up ready for relettering; the second story I have 11 pages of original artwork out of 20, of which 4 have been processed but not cleaned up - an example of which you can see at the head of this column. (The third story I've not touched yet, but, sadly, we don't have any original artwork for it.) I'm trying to make sure the finished book looks as gorgeous as the original artwork does, so I'm taking my time to get it right and hopefully you can see that in the page above.
It's time for this week's random scans. Oh, before I do that, I should mention that I added a few more scans to the Jack Higgins and Craig Thomas galleries last weekend. So... onto some scans. The first is actually an Italian book that I should definitely be classed in the "promising more than it delivers" catagory. The novel, Sbarco su Marte [Landing on Mars], is a translation of John Wyndham's The Outward Urge, written in collaboration with himself as both John Wyndham and Lucas Parkes are pen-names of John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris. The book might be classified as hard science fiction but the cover would definitely give the reader the wrong impression of its contents.
Finally, a nice Josh Kirby cover from Four Square in 1961. John Mantley was a Canadian-born screenwriter who lived in the USA for many years, working on many TV series, including The Untouchables, The Outer Limits, Rawhide and How the West Was Won, as well as producing many others, including Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and MacGyver. He was also a novelist, including the SF novel below, involving aliens and ultimate weapons, which was filmed in 1957 with Gene Barry.