Wes Crum

If you are a fan of the old Judge’s Guild products like I am, you may have noticed that some of the art on those early products was by Wes Crum.  Crum was my favorite artist of the Judge’s Guild newsprint era, and, I think, probably the most talented of the people to illustrate for Judge’s Guild.  His pictureas have a real ‘pulp-horror-comics’ flair that I like (and that I think Sembieda, who also worked for JG at this time, lacks).  Take a look at this typical Crum cover:

 
 
That art just looks straight out of the pre-code days of comics. Crude, and Wes was capable of better work, but I love it).
 
Crum went on to do some pornographic comics (which I won’t link here because I am not on my own computer — search “B.J. Betty” and “Anal Intruders from Uranus” published by, I think, Last Gasp Comix if you are interested).  He was/is also involved in some conspiracy/UFO stuff (you can try to buy his art here if interested; I’m not sure how old that page is). I’m interested in the UFO/Conspiracy theory stuff, but strictly as a tourist — I am not a believer but don’t want to wind up or bullshit people who are serious about it in order to gain their confidence simply because I think that’s a douchebag thing to do.  For the same reason, I’m curious about what goes on inside a Mormon church, but I’m not going to lie to them to get in there.
 
I don’t know what the extent of his (Crum’s) work with RPG or Fantasy stuff was or if he worked for any of the old D&D/RPG publishers other than Judge’s Guild.  I used to trade emails with Bob Bledsaw years ago (a really nice guy, but an erratic correspondent; I think his health was failing at the time — he stopped responding and later I heard he had died).  When we were corresponding, I asked him about Crum but never got an answer. I also, stupidly, asked him about Sembieda, not realizing, at the time, that there might have been some bad blood between Bledsaw and Sembieda.  Unfortunately, I had no idea that Sembieda had gone on to form his own game company and apparently made a lot of enemies in the process.  So, Bob, if you are reading this from wherever you are, I was just being clueless; I wasn’t trying to get you to dish on things you didn’t want to talk about.

2 Comments on “Wes Crum”

  1. Melan says:

    Yeah, he has a vivid pulp style that's perfect for Judges Guild's product releases. Actually, sometimes the art is better than the actual contents.

  2. Yeah, I dig his stuff. I wasn't around much JG stuff growing up so his work didn't have an impact on my early style but I do dig it quite a bit and am trying to play catch up now days.


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