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Hannes Bok


Hannes BokHannes Bok
Born: July 2, 1914
Died: April 11, 1964
Science-fantasy illustrator Hannes Bokís work appeared in a variety of magazines from 1939 until the end of the pulp era. After the pulps, he segued into illustration work for books, limited edition print sets and science-fantasy fanzines.He was also the author of two novels, Sorcerer’s Ship and Beyond the Golden Stair.

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Hannes Bok was born Wayne Woodard, though the location of his birth has been listed as Duluth, Minn., or Kansas City, Mo. He died nearly 50 years later in New York City.

His first pulp cover was for the December 1939 number of Weird Tales, for a story titled Lords of the Ice, by David H. Keller. He continued regularly providing covers and interior artwork for WT and other pulps, including Astonishing Stories, Famous Fantastic Mysteries, Other Worlds, Super Science Stories and Unknown.

A Rose for Ecclesiastes
Fantasy and Science FictionA mirror-image of this painting (above) by Bok was published as the wrap-around cover for the digest Fantasy and Science Fiction in November 1963. It illustrated Roger Zelazny’s A Rose for Ecclesiastes.

In 1953, Bok shared the first Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist in the science and fantasy field with Ed Ernshwiller.

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