The art of Hannes Bok, 1914–1964

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Altars of Patagonia (1946)

Like the huge cache of Virgil Finlay art that turned up at the Internet Archive a couple of years ago, the pictures here are from a two-volume collection made by an enthusiast gathering together yet more illustrations from the pulp magazines of the 1940s and 50s. Hannes Bok (real name Wayne Francis Woodard) wasn’t as prolific as Virgil Finlay, but the careers of the two men intersected in the pages of Weird Tales where they both used stipple shading to compensate for the poor reproduction of pulp paper. Bok’s work tended to be more stylised than Finlay’s, with a quirkiness that makes his art easy to spot once you’ve seen a few examples.

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Boomerang (1947)

The two volumes contain a total of over 300 illustrations so any selection will only be a small sampling. Many of the drawings were new to me. The first volume is mostly work from magazines such as Weird Tales and the minor SF mags; the second includes book covers, calendar illustrations and other work. As with the Finlay collections, both volumes are available in a range of file formats which include cbz files, a format I prefer to pdf for browsing image-heavy documents. For more about cbr/cbz files, see the end of this post.

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Cross of Mercrux (1942)

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Daughter of Darkness (1941)

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Dimensional Doors (1944)

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Gravity Trap (1949)

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Haunted Hour (1941)

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He Wasn’t There (1941)

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Hell on Earth (1942)

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Into the Darkness (1940)

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Kazam Collects (1941)

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Mandala (1956)

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Masquerade (1942)

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Mr. Packer Goes to Hell (1941)

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Passage to Sharanee (1942)

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Pickman’s Model (1950)

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Planet Leave (1941)

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Reader, I Hate You (1943)

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Red Coral (1951)

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Seven Out of Time (1949)

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Tarrano the Conqueror (1941)

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The Coat (1952)

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The Fox Woman and the Blue Pagoda (1946)

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The Sorcerer’s Ship (1942)

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The Unfinished (1951)

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Voice in the Void (1942)

Elsewhere on { feuilleton }
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Previously on { feuilleton }
Virgil Finlay’s magazine illustrations
The Cthulhu Mythos in the pulps
The Fantastic Fiction of Hannes Bok
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3 thoughts on “The art of Hannes Bok, 1914–1964”

  1. Quite wonderful! His 2 popular novels “The Sorceror’s Ship” and “Beyond the Golden Stair” are full of verbal depictions of his art work IMO.

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