No, that’s not a typo, I’ve decided to post some images of how Slippery Jim diGriz, The Stainless Steel Rat, has been portrayed over the years.
First up are two images which show the Rat as he appeared during my early teenage years: the wonderful 2000ad comic art by Carlos Ezquerra and the cover painting by Peter Elson (1947-1998 ) from the Sphere paperback edition of the novel.
Ezquerra’s artwork has Jim looking very like a young James Coburn, while Peter Elson is perhaps closer to Harry Harrison’s own image of the character: Harrison once named Steve McQueen as the ‘ideal’ actor for the role.
Over the coming weeks I’ll dig out different images from different periods and different countries to prove just what a master of disguise our hero is!
For those of you desperate for news of the new book, Harry is hard at work writing it at this moment. Publication is likely to be late this year or early 2010.