Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Black and White Wednesday: "All the Ways and Means to Die" by Jones and Niven

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Waaay back in November of 2011, we planted our peepers on Howard Chaykin's adaptation of Larry Niven's "All the Myriad Ways" from Marvel's Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction (you can check it out here). Well, a few Groove-ophiles with great memories (and taste) reminded me that the late Jeffrey Catherine Jones adapted Niven's prose tale first! Jones' version of "All the Myriad Ways", "All the Ways and Means to Die", was intended for the never-published Science Fiction Odyssey #1, but eventually saw print in Skywald's Psycho #9 (cover-dated November 1972). And now, Ol' Groove's gonna lay it on ya right now (sans one page I'm missing. Sorry, completists!)!


  1. Thanks for sharing this, Groove! What happened to the missing page?

    I wasn't as excited about this one as I was Jones' "Sleep" which you shared on this site a few years ago. Drawn the same year (1973), I believe, but it seems to be a bit more advanced than this one. My favourite Jones comics stories are the "Idyl" one pagers for NATIONAL LAMPOON from 1972-75, his "Spirit of '76" story from SPASM #1 in 1973 (but the reprint in the 1983 RAVENS & RAINBOWS by Pacific Comics is better 'cos it shows some subtle colours in what seemed to be inkwash), and his short stories for Warren's VAMPIRELLA #32, "Dead Run" and "Harry" (except these were ruined by horrible colouring - Warren later reprinted them in b&w). Also, Jones' "Deep Secrets" from ALIEN WORLDS #4 in 1982 and "A Night to Remember" from PATHWAYS TO FANTASY #1 in 1984, both published by Pacific Comics. His "I'm Age" one pagers for HEAVY METAL in the early '80s were too scratchy for my tastes, but the others mentioned---wow! Truly advanced comics work, some of the best.

    Best regards,
    Chris A.

  2. The final page is here, Groove, if you want to upload it and add it to your entry of the story:

    Chris A.



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