Who Gives a Hoot von Zitzewitz?

The interesting cover on Arthur Sellings The Uncensored Man attracted my eye in a San Francisco bookshop on Polk Street several years ago. It featured a sort of typical 1960s collage of a man’s face on a stark white background. I wondered who the cover artist was for quite a while, but it wasn’t until Boskone 2008 when I purchased a copy of West of the Sun by Edgar Pangborn, that I finally found the same artist. West of the Sun credited the cover illustration to one: Hoot V. Z. A little Google sleuthing turned up a terrific gallery of covers by the one and only Hoot von Zitzewitz, which are characteristic and interesting all by themselves. But who exactly Hoot Von Zitzewitz was remains a mystery.

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