Never known for modesty, Marc said “I picked The Damned to tour with me because I wanted to put the best of the established bands against the best of the new wave bands, so we’ll see who can out-punk the other every night” (source: interview with Phillip Crawley published in The Journal, March 18, 1977). In another interview he claimed that he picked The Damned to tour with them because Captain Sensible had the good taste to wear a T Rex t-shirt. Pictured: Marc with Dave Vanian of The Damned, 1977.
“I personally believe that I lived a previous life or something… a previous reincarnation, a bard of some sort, because most of the things I write about are descriptions of places I’ve never been to.” - Marc Bolan
Selections from William Stout’s interior illustrations for Ray Bradbury’s A SOUND OF THUNDER as found in RAY BRADBURY’S DINOSAUR TALES (Bantam Books, 1983); a collection of all of Bradbury’s dinosaur related fiction with accompanying illustrations by a variety of artists including Gahan Wilson, Steranko, Mœbius, Overton Loyd, Kenneth Smith and David Wiesner.
Personally I feel that Stout is the only artist to have successfully captured the essence of Bradbury’s T. Rex in another medium. A truly awe-inspiring (in the Rudolf Otto sense of the phrase) beast, Bradbury describes it thusly…
“It towered thirty feet above half of the trees, a great evil god, folding its delicate watchmaker's claws close to its oily reptilian chest. Each lower leg was a piston, a thousand pounds of white bone, sunk in thick ropes of muscle, sheathed over in a
gleam of pebbled skin like the mail of a terrible warrior… Its armored flesh glittered like a thousand green coins. The coins,
crusted with slime, steamed. In the slime, tiny insects wriggled, so that the entire body seemed to twitch and undulate, even while the monster itself did not move. It exhaled. The stink of raw flesh blew down the wilderness.”