Legendary cartoonist Al Williamson passed away on June 13th, 2010, at the age of 79. Science fiction fans were enamored by his romantic illustration style on Flash Gordon for King Features Syndicate and, later, in the Star Wars comic book adaptations published by Marvel Comics.
In 1971, when my husband, Gary John Reynolds, was a 13-year-old aspiring comic book artist, Al Williamson was generous enough to offer words of encouragement while critiquing his sticky, spiral-notebook 8th-Grade-level artist's portfolio at a comic book convention in New York. (Full disclosure: he obviously wasn't my husband at the time.)
Al Williamson was as famous for his niceness as he was for rendering dreamy compositions of fantastic worlds. This ad campaign extolling the futuristic virtues of Union Carbide's Bakelite plastics ran in the early 70's.