In 1979 My brother and I entered the Science Fiction and Fantasy Art Show in Orange County, California. Judges included Jack “King” Kirby himself. Our joint entry was a comic based on Ziggy Stardust and “The Saviour Machine” (from “The Man Who Sold the World). The Saviour Machine is a song about a computer that was built to solve all the world’s problems. It did so, then came to the “realization” that without problems in the world, it could not fulfill it’s programming. As a result, it created new and graver problems to solve in order to justify it’s existence.
My brother had worked on the main, full color story for 2 years while I was thumbing around the country, (a requirement for any true artist). Upon my return, I did a black and white intro. I also entered an action figure of “The Starbarian” in a plexiglass case, coming out of a spaceship.
Jack loved both entries and nominated me for best of show. When it came time to judge, only my b & w part was taken back for scrutiny.(Unbeknownst to us) Both parts were admitted under separate entry numbers. The doll also had a separate number. The judges could not review the strongest part of our entries because of a “clerical error”.
Recently, Gene Henderson told my brother in Hollywood that Russ Manning (who did Tarzan in the comics) had remarked “Your brother got robbed at that art show. He deserved to win best of show”. I didn’t get the top prize. What I got was far more valuable. The lasting respect of my peers.