In Their Own Words: Gully Foyle: The Best Sci-Fi Comic You've Never Seen
In the just over fifty years since the idea was hatched and began, Gully Foyle remains one of the finest examples of comic book art that has been produced in Australia, bar none, yet very few people have ever seen it in its entirety. Adapted from a story by Alfred Bester by Reg and Stan Pitt, the artwork is nothing short of exquisite. Drawn in a highly detailed style that both references and improves on the likes of Alex Raymond, Gully Foyle remains the high point of Stanley Pitts long and illustrious career. Those who have seen the art still rave over it, over fifty years later; however it has never been properly printed, nor is it likely that it ever will.
ED GRADE: Gully Foyle is very impressive. The art, especially, is superior. However, because of its unusual format, I believe it is unsuited for syndication in this country without a major overhaul, which would entail almost complete redrawing.[o]
AL WILLIAMSON: I'm most interested in seeing Stan's Gully Foyle syndicated here, and if there is anything I can do to help out, please let me know. I could go up to the Syndicate if you like. By the way, who is going to color the pages? If you let the Syndicate take care of it, they’ll botch it up, I'm afraid. If you like, my wife, Arlene, would do it gladly. The only payment we ask is to get proof sheets of the strip.[u]
Our solicitor has written to Ashley Famous Agency Inc., who hold the film rights, to get the exact picture, but we don’t hold out much hope in this direction. If the reply is as crushing and final as we expect it to be, we’ll arrange a conference with our solicitor on the feasibility of a damages suit against Bester to try and recover, at least, the money invested in the project. After all we have two letters from Bester giving his full permission to proceed with the project and guaranteeing us a fair deal on the money side. Naturally without an assurance of this nature we would never have invested so much time and money in the project. Of course we could try to get some dough to make up for all the heartbreak and ulcers that came with this little enterprise. What a way for Gully Foyle to go out. Not with a BANG but a whimper, quietly strangled by his old master.[dd]
|The cover to the original 1967 presentation that John Ryan mailed out|