D. Bruce Berry
(January 24, 1924 – September 30, 1998)
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 pornographic 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 Offutt’s penname of John Cleve.
Starting in 1958, Berry began sending bizarre letters to fan and publisher Earl Kemp. Kemp took him to court, and Berry was soon committed to a mental institution from which he was released in 1960. In 1962, however, apparently timed to embarrass Kemp as Chairman of Chicon III, Berry and Robert Jennings published a fanzine A Trip to Hell which told a story about the events in 1958 and accused Kemp and Harlan Ellison of attacking Berry on the street in Chicago...at a time that Kemp was at the Worldcon in LA. The whole affair is difficult to understand, but one consequence is that Berry (as well as Jennings) more or less gafiated.
- For an article on this by Kemp, see the section "Harl 'n Neverland" in Kemp's fanzine eI December 2003.
- See “The Strange Case of D Bruce Berry” for a long article on his life.
- His photo and a brief biography appeared in Schelly's Founders of Comic Fandom (McFarland, 2010).
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