April 2014

Man of Bone and Fame

His fees were high but his fail­ure rate was low…


In which our con­trib­u­tors dis­cuss dirty books and more…

Debout Les Morts (Arise Ye Dead)

THE REVELATOR is proud to reprint this Klas­sic Komix from one of the ear­li­est and great­est inno­va­tors in the medi­um of graphix arts and word­less books. First pub­lished in 1917, Debout Les Morts is as rel­e­vant today as it was a cen­tu­ry ago. Please see the asso­ci­at­ed com­men­tary by David A. Beronä for back­ground on Frans Masereel’s graph­i­cal work against war. 

The Prohibition-Era REVELATOR Cocktail

Rediscovered At Last!

The recipe for the pro­hi­bi­tion-era cock­tail, a favorite of Ernest Hemingway’s, redis­cov­ered at last…

While You Were Sleeping and Nightbook

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Eye, Eye, Eye!

Revealed at last, the unau­tho­rized his­to­ry of THE REVELATOR

Frans Masereel’s Picture Books against War

Should every­thing per­ish, all the books, the pho­tographs and the doc­u­ments, and we were left only with the wood­cuts Masereel has cre­at­ed, through them alone we could recon­struct our con­tem­po­rary world.” — Ste­fan Zweig When asked about the Bel­gium artist Frans Masereel, the two thoughts that imme­di­ate­ly come to mind are wood­cuts and war.  I do not know an artist who was so wed­ded to the wood­cut in express­ing his loathing of war. Although this theme pre­vailed in many of his books, an exam­i­na­tion of his wood­cuts in Debout Les morts (Arise Ye Dead, 1917) as reprint­ed in this issue of THE REVELATOR, pro­vides a vital con­nec­tion to his sub­se­quent anti-war books; and there were many, as we will dis­cov­er. Masereel was born in 1889 in an upper-mid­­dle class fam­i­ly from Blanken­berghe, Bel­gium.  He showed inter­est in draw­ing and remem­bered a dis­like of war from an ear­ly age: I can still remem­ber the Boer War, which made a great … Con­tin­ue read­ing


The field seemed sick as a soul with sin,/ Or dead of an old despair…


Vol. 138 Issue 1

Read them in their exquis­ite detail.

Dreams of Order, Visions of Chaos

An SF Childhood in Kenya

I met the astro­naut in 1989 at the for­mer U.S. Embassy in down­town Nairobi…