Sunday, March 29, 2020

Hooks Hits: “Donovan’s Brain”

Part of a series saluting artist-illustrator Mitchell Hooks.

Donovan’s Brain, by Curt Siodmak (Popular Library, 1961). This work of science-fiction first saw print in a 1943 hardcover edition from Alfred A. Knopf. It went on to be adapted into three different movies: The Lady and the Monster (1944), Donovan’s Brain (1953), and The Brain (1962). German-American novelist Siodmak penned more than a dozen books, but he was quite a bit more prolific as a screenwriter, producing the scripts for such Hollywood horror classics as The Wolf Man, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, and The Beast with Five Fingers.


Rick Robinson said...

Interesting that there doesn't seem to be or have been a book about Hooks and his artwork.

Rob Price said...

The hardcover is from 1943. Donovan's Brain was first serialized in three 1942 issues of Black Mask magazine. There was also a radio adaptation (starring Orson Welles), a radio parody of same (also starring Orson Welles) and maybe a TV adaptation. (I have a copy of the script for this but not sure if it was made.)

J. Kingston Pierce said...

Thanks for clearing that up, Rob. I have made the necessary correction.