This is one of my recent acquisitions, won in auction from Heritage Auctions late last year. It is from Whiz Comics 129 and is attributed to “Bob Butts”, who I have never heard of. He is not listed in Lambiek.com. Comicvine.gamespot.com has nothing on him except that he has art credited in Amazing Mystery Stories #20 and #23. An obituary for Robert Fabian Butts Jr. says he was born on June 20, 1919 and died on May 26, 2008, of cancer.
“Robert Butts… was the oldest of three sons … and was a graduate of the Pratt Art Institute in Brooklyn. Durning World War II Rob served in the Air Force as an Instrument Specialist, repairing airplanes in the Pacific Islands. After the war, he worked in New York City in such diverse venues as medical textbooks and the comics including panels for Batman and the Mike Hammer series.
“Robert worked for many years as a part-time illustrator for the Artistic Greeting Cards Company. Commercial work aside, Rob was an accomplished artist in oils, watercolor, egg tempera and other media, producing a large body of paintings during his lifetime which with few exceptions he chose not to sell.
“He is probably best known as the co-author of the Seth material, the lifework of his wife, Jane Roberts, for which he provided extensive and meticulously-researched comments, footnotes, appendices and manuscript editing, not to mention transcribing the Seth sessions themselves by hand, in his own home-made shorthand, then typing up each (usually quite lengthy) session, two carbon copies per page, on an old manual typewriter. Today the books he helped produce have sold over seven and a half copies world wide. The entire collection of his and Jane’s work resides at… Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.”
iTunes Preview says, “Seth is the acclaimed non-physical teacher whose collected works are the most dynamic, brilliant and undistorted map of inner reality and human potential available today. His articulation of the furthest reaches of human potential, the eternal validity of the soul, and the concept that we create or own reality according to our beliefs…stands out as one of the major forces which led to the current New Age philosophical movement.”
Far out! Is that trippy or what?
During my cursory research I also found three Butts pages from Bob Swift Comics #3, which I’m also including because I think they’re really cool and I wish I owned them.
The Seth/Jane Roberts books are outstanding. Rob's extensive notes and commentary provide a lot of insight into him as a person, his artwork, and his writing contributions to the Seth books. Rob and Jane's good friend Sue Watkins wrote a book about her relationship with them, called "Speaking of Jane Roberts." It's quite thought-provoking.
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