Far Lands Other Days – by George Evans

The following artwork is from the book, Far Lands Other Days (1975). It collects short stories written by Weird Tales alumnus, E. Hoffman Price and is illustrated by George Evans.

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My introduction to this book was when I first visited George Evans and he showed me around his studio. He handed it to me as an example of some of the work he had done and I was instantly bowled over by the illustrations within.

I was already a fan of Evans’ artwork, but never before had I seen his work so beautifully reproduced. The full page illustrations (more than 30!) showcased his drawing skill much more than the space limitations of his comic strip work ever did. Here are some examples…

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Years later I was lucky enough to come across a copy of Far Lands Other Days at the San Diego Comic-Con. Suffice it to say that I’m sure the dealer, with how quick I agreed to the first price he uttered, is still kicking himself that he didn’t go higher…

Bios from inside front and back covers.

Bios from inside front and back covers.


At the time I bought this, lushly illustrated volumes like this seemed rare. Fortunately, thanks to publishers like Flesk, IDW and Fantagraphics there has been a resurgence of late.

Here’s hoping it continues…

About Jim Keefe

Jim Keefe is the current artist of the Sally Forth comic strip, he is also the writer and artist of the Flash Gordon comic strip - both available at ComicsKingdom.com. A graduate of the Joe Kubert School, Keefe likewise teaches Comic Art. Teaching and speaking engagements include SVA in Manhattan, Hofstra’s UCCE Youth Programs, The University of Minnesota and most recently the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
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