In July of 1989, I received my first assignment from Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. Little did I know that this client would remain, more or less, a steady buyer of illustrations from me for the next thirty years. This was also, more than likely, the first ‘scratchboard’ illustration I sold to any national publication. Quite crude in execution, and it astounds me that they came back for more based on this first effort. You can also see, oddly enough, a signature down in the bottom right corner, something that I stopped including quite soon after this.
A huge thank you to Bruce Harris of New Jersey, for heeding my plea for back issues, as most of the original artwork for these assignments have disappeared over the years.