One Summer Solstice at the Old Fishing Hole…

« I had me a scientific career before… ah… circumstances forced me to take up fishin’… »

In case it’s escaped anyone’s notice, summer’s officially arrived.


This is Xenozoic Tales no. 7 (Oct. 1988, Kitchen Sink), a series that presented, wonder of wonders, a post-apocalyptic future that wasn’t strictly doom and gloom. Cover by Mark Schultz. This issue features « The Growing Pool », written and drawn by Schultz, and “Crossed Currents”, written by Schultz and illustrated by Steve Stiles.

The lady is Hannah Dundee, and she may soon have to share her lunch. Something tells me this illustration is a pastiche of some The Saturday Evening Post-type cover.. there’s something charmingly old-fashioned about it, and I don’t mean Cambrian Age old.

You know, that sort of thing. The Saturday Evening Post‘s August 5, 1933 cover by… who else? Norman Rockwell.
It’s the new falconry! Xenozoic Tales’ coexistence of humans and dinosaurs is not your run-of-the-mill anachronism: this is the world of tomorrow, not yesterday’s. This striking portrait of Ms. Dundee was conceived as a t-shirt design in the late 1980s. I should still have mine stashed somewhere…

– RG

7 thoughts on “One Summer Solstice at the Old Fishing Hole…

  1. Barney Dannelke June 22, 2018 / 10:48

    I have a Ray Bradbury paperback (Golden Apples of the Sun) that Mark owned in grade school or junior high school. He signed his name “property of Mark Schultz” in pencil in the flyleaf. Purchased at a locaI Goodwill store back when I scoured them for books. I asked him about it at a convention. He said, “Oh, that! I read at least some of it – but mostly I had that to practice drawing the T-Rex on the cover.”

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