this party include Jack Trevor Story and Nelson Lee. The latter is
generally considered to be a fictional character; whether the JTS
depicted here is closer to fact or fiction I wouldn't care to
judge. Another SBL author, Desmond Reid, is also at the party; he
is definitely not real!
I take it
that the reference to Die-Hard Collectors looking daggers at Paula
Dane is about long-time fans not liking the changes that the New
Order of the Bill Howard Baker era brought to the SBL.
likenesses of the guests depicted in the illustration, real,
fictional or otherwise, are extraordinarily stilted, as they have
been copied closely from the official portraits which were used
often in the SBL. In fact they look as if copies of the portraits
have been pasted onto the artwork to save time and effort;
especially poor Paula, whose head dose not look comfortable on her
neck at all. Below is a detail, with the full illo and key
appearing at the bottom of the page.
on the first page of the story is much livelier; it's by the great Eric Parker
— GL, Sept