D. Bruce Berry

(January 24, 1924 — September 30, 1998)

Douglas Bruce Berry was born in Oakland, California, and was a SF fan for most of his life. He was a self-taught artist, using books as his only guides.

He began working for William Hamling’s Greenleaf magazines, illustrating Imagination, Imaginative Tales, and Space Travel. Later he provided illustrations for Other Worlds, Witchcraft & Sorcery, Rogue, and Men’s Digest before becoming a writer.

After an accident that injured his arm, shoulder, chest, and back, he returned to illustration and entered the comic book field as a letterer and inker for DC and Marvel. At one time he assisted Jack Kirby.

Later Berry wrote three SF novels: Flowers of Hell (1970) [as by Morgan Drake]; The Balling Machine (1971) with Andrew J. Offutt [as by Jeff Douglas]; and Genetic Bomb (1975) also with Andrew J. Offutt. Berry also used the pen name of John Cleve.

In the 1948 Fantasy Annual, Berry ranked 3rd in the list of Top Fan Artists. He lived in Chicago and later in the Bay Area and was a member of the Golden Gate Futurian Society and the N3F.


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