Christa, here's a question for you. Did any issues of Wormwood ever have photographs in them? I can't recall having seen one, but I haven't looked at all issues. Marvin used drawings very sparingly, I know. Did he generally dislike the use of photographs in literary magazines, or was he interested in preserving as much space for poetry as possible? Any thoughts on that?
I don't think my father had an aversion to photos. It's just that Wormie was cheaply produced in black and white, and line drawings are a natural fit for that format. He loved graphic design and collage. I don't think he wanted to deal with making halftones of photos.
But here's a dirty little secret: Most of the time, my father created the covers himself. But every once in a while, he used sections of artwork by other artists which he himself owned, including drawings by Virgil Finlay, Jules Pfeiffer, Edward Gorey, and Steinberg. I don't think he realized that that wan't kosher, much less legal. But those images made some great covers.