E L . H U N T E R
Robot Series 1955 -1971
Cold War was the inescapable mind set during the late 1950's and
the 1960's. It produced an anguished fear in virtually everyone
at that time. Amorphous panic lay just under the surface of one's
realized, early on, that we could all do with a little relief
to offset the jittery pessimism which beset everyone's life. So
I conceived of this spindly, insatiably curious proto-human who
tries to make sense of the blasted world in which he finds himself.
He tries to find ways to obey his programmingto assist, protect
and amuse his makers, if only he could find one.
made no attempt to make him seem real. His peculiar anatomy is
completely illogical and his programming, as it is gradually exposed
over some fifteen episodes, is either incomplete or scrambled
by the tides of radiation he must endure. He finds things buried
or exposed in the endless sands of the incinerated world desert.
In the backgrounds are the twisted skeletons of what were once
thriving cities. Vicious flickerings of radiation bathe every
horizon. But he was well-made, we pretend, so the chronicle he
is piecing together can make its point.
usually, there is a little wry humor of a silly title, or in his
all-too-evident body language. These images were intended to be
self-contained. They were originally commissioned by Joe and Ed
Ferman and were used on 15 covers of Fantasy and Science Fiction
from October 1955 through December 1971. None of the images were
made with any connection to a story appearing in the magazine.
They each became a brief chapter in their developing saga.
enough of you show interest, it is my intention to make these
images available as full size art print reproductions. Mel