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?
Nope, no photos in Wormwood. The only one that appeared was the photo of my father that I put in the last issue. The earliest issues had a fair amount of graphic design in them, but there was an issue with #3 (the issue for which not enough covers were printed, and there were various designs for that cover). Evidently, my father and Alexander "Sandy" Taylor (now the founder of Curbstone Press) felt that the art overshadowed the poetry, and from then on, most graphic material was relegated to the cover with an ornament on the first page. There are exceptions, though, such as when drawings complemented the poetry, notably Bukowski's drawings and Rody Stains drawings for Phil Weidman's Backtrack chap.
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.