Any committed fan of the supernatural in Germany will probably know Larry Brent to be THE hero of the genre. He came into being through a form of publication that is usually less regarded: a fanzine. This commonly underestimated medium has offered a great stage for independent artists and writers ever since. Young German author Jürgen Grasmück aka "Dan Shocker" also published his first story featuring Brent in a fanzine: ANDROMEDA. First issued in 1955 as a SciFi club magazine it is still available today. In 1968 the first Shocker-novel was published in Germany under the title "Das Grauen schleicht durch Bonnards Haus" and created a big hype right away. In 1981 Larry Brent even got his own series, which was cancelled again in 1986, due to unresolved (paranormal?) circumstances.
What is commonly know as "pulp magazine" in the US and Britain goes by the German name "Groschenroman" (penny novel). Austrian illustrator Rudolf Sieber-Lonati (Oct 16, 924 -Apr 27, 1990) has created most of the near 200 cover motives of the frist and second original series of Larry Brent penny novels. While his work in general surely doesn't live up to the prototypes of famous US pulps, the use of colourful and somewhat bizarre scenes and sometimes unusual angles and perspectives mark some of his more expressive works – especially in the first series. From the 1950s to the late 80s Sieber-Lonati worked under the acronym "LO" on cover motives for many German pulp series. Here we have collected some of the most bizarres covers he did for Larry Brent.
Russel & Brandon Company finally has started to re-produce and publish the Larry Brent audio plays in 2012. And German publisher Blitz has added a number of new Larry Brent adventures, written by different authors.
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