David Wenzel

David T. Wenzel (/ˈwɛnzəl/; born November 22, 1950)[1] is an illustrator and children's book artist. He is best known for his graphic novel adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.

David Wenzel
David Wenzel at That's Entertainment for FCBD 2012-05-05
Wenzel appeared at That's Entertainment in Worcester MA on Free Comic Book Day, May 5, 2012
BornNovember 22, 1950 (age 68)
Area(s)Penciller, Inker, Colourist
Notable works
The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic
The Wizard's Tale
AwardsEagle Award, 1979


Wenzel's first ambition had been to work for one of the big animation houses in California, but his early career path led him instead to work at an advertising agency and as a penciler in the mainstream comic book industry.[2] From the mid-1970s to the early 1980s he worked on such Marvel Comics titles as Avengers and Savage Sword of Conan. He penciled part of The Avengers story arc which won a 1979 Eagle Award for Best Continued Story.

Segueing from comics to children's literature in the 1980s, Wenzel illustrated Robb Walsh's Kingdom of the Dwarfs for Centaur Books, and then illustrated a series of books about American colonial life for Troll Associates.

Gollum, from Wenzel's adaptation of The Hobbit.

A recommendation from college classmate Larry Marder was key to Wenzel's landing his next major project. Marder was working with the people who had secured the rights to adapt The Hobbit to comics, and he knew firsthand that Wenzel had devoted his senior year in college to drawing Tolkien's characters.[2] And so Wenzel provided the fully painted art for The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic, a three-part adaptation of The Hobbit, written by Chuck Dixon and Sean Deming. The work was originally published by Eclipse Comics in 1989. Published in a collected edition by Ballantine in 1990, The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic is one of the most successful graphic format adaptations of a piece of classic literature.[3] In 2001, it was updated by Del Rey Books with a new cover, larger format, and 32 new pages of artwork.

Another graphic novel project in a similar vein was Wenzel and writer Douglas Wheeler's adaptation of some of the Brothers Grimm's fairytales for NBM in 1995. In 1998 Wenzel teamed with acclaimed comics writer Kurt Busiek on The Wizard’s Tale, the story of Evernight, a land ruled by a consortium of evil wizards who discover that one of their kind harbors a "dangerous" glimmer of good. The Wizard’s Tale was designed to be a crossover book that blended children’s book elements with the format and readability of a graphic novel.

Other notable projects Wenzel has done include Robert L. May's Christmas bestseller Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (Grosset and Dunlap, 2001); Max Lucado's A Hat For Ivan (Crossway Books, 2004); and several books in the Little Bear series which were art-directed by Maurice Sendak (HarperFestival, 2003–2004).

Wenzel's non-book related projects include puzzles, greeting cards, and two entire miniature kingdoms of collectible figurines. He also teaches at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Connecticut.[2]

Wenzel cites illustrators like Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, N.C. Wyeth, and Howard Pyle as influences; as well as the Dutch painters Pieter Bruegel and Jan Steen.[4]

Personal life

Wenzel lives in Connecticut with his wife Janice, an artist and high school art teacher. Their sons Brendan and Christopher are both artists, and Wenzel's brother Greg is a book writer and illustrator.[5]




  • The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic (with writers Chuck Dixon and Sean Deming; Eclipse Comics, 1989; Ballantine Books, 1990; Del Ray Books, 2001) ISBN 0-345-44560-0
  • Aliens: Stalker (script and art, one-shot; Dark Horse Comics, 1989)
  • Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (with writer Douglas Wheeler; NBM, 1995) ISBN 1-56163-130-2
  • The Wizard's Tale (with writer Kurt Busiek; Homage Comics, 1998) ISBN 1-56389-589-7

Illustrated books (selected)

  • Middle-earth: the World of Tolkien Illustrated (with writer Lin Carter; Centaur Books, 1977) ISBN 0-87818-014-1
  • Kingdom of the Dwarfs (with writer Robb Walsh; Centaur Books, 1980) ISBN 0-87818-017-6
  • Boston Tea Party: Rebellion in the Colonies (with writer James E. Knight; Troll Associates, 1982) ISBN 0-89375-734-9
  • Jamestown, New World Adventure (with writer James E. Knight; Troll Associates, 1982) ISBN 0-89375-724-1
  • More About Dinosaurs (with writer David Cutts; Troll Associates, 1982) ISBN 0-89375-668-7
  • Salem Days: Life in a Colonial Seaport (with writer James E. Knight; Troll Associates, 1982) ISBN 0-89375-732-2
  • Pilgrims and Thanksgiving (with writer Rae Bains; Troll Associates, 1985) ISBN 0-8167-0222-5
  • Hauntings: Ghosts and Ghouls from Around the World (with writer Margaret Hodges; Little, Brown, and Co., 1991) ISBN 0-316-36796-6
  • The Liberty Tree: the Beginning of the American Revolution (with writer Lucille Recht Penner; Random House, 1998) ISBN 0-679-83482-6
  • Halloween Night (with writer Arden Druce; Rising Moon, 2001) ISBN 0-87358-762-6
  • Sebastian in Central Park (with writer Margaret Hall; Bear & Co., 2001) ISBN 0-9713174-0-2
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (with writer Robert Lewis May; Grosset & Dunlap, 2001) ISBN 0-448-42534-3
  • Little Bear's Bad Day (with writer Else Holmelund Minarik; HarperFestival, 2003) ISBN 0-06-053546-6
  • Little Bear's Picture (with writer Else Holmelund Minarik; HarperFestival, 2003) ISBN 0-694-01701-9
  • Lost in Little Bear's Room (with writer Else Holmelund Minarik; HarperFestival, 2004) ISBN 0-694-01706-X
  • Lucky Little Bear (with writer Else Holmelund Minarik; HarperFestival, 2004) ISBN 0-694-01700-0
  • A Hat for Ivan (with writer Max Lucado; Crossway Books, 2004) ISBN 1-58134-414-7
  • Your Special Gift (with writer Max Lucado; Crossway Books, 2006) ISBN 1-58134-698-0
  • Rodeo Time (with writer Stuart J. Murphy; HarperCollins, 2006) ISBN 978-0-06-055778-2
  • Baby Loves You So Much! (with writer Eileen Spinelli; Ideals Children's Books, 2007) ISBN 978-0-8249-5550-2


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Obsession with The Hobbit turns into career as fantasy illustrator" By Nancy Sheehan TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF May 04, 2012
  3. ^ Wenzel bio, Arts Center Kilingsworth.
  4. ^ Biography at DavidWenzel.com. Retrieved November 26, 2008.
  5. ^ David T. Wenzel - Bio. davidwenzel.com. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
  6. ^ "Past Winners (Irma Black Award)". www.bankstreet.edu. Bank Street College of Education. Retrieved May 8, 2016.

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Adaptations of The Hobbit

The first authorized adaptation of The Hobbit was a stage production by St. Margaret's School, Edinburgh in March 1953. Subsequently, The Hobbit has been adapted for a variety of media including stage, screen, radio, board games and video games.

Several of these adaptations have received critical recognition of their own, including a video game that won the Golden Joystick Award, a scenario of a war game that won an Origins Award, and an animated picture nominated for a Hugo Award.

Centaur Press

Centaur Press, later renamed Centaur Books, was a New York-based small publisher active from the late 1960s through 1981. The press was founded by Charles M. Collins and Donald M. Grant. It was primarily a paperback publisher, though one of its more successful titles was reissued in hardcover. It was notable for reviving pulp adventure and fantasy works of the early twentieth century for its "Time-Lost Series."

Authors whose works were returned to print by Centaur Press include Robert E. Howard, Arthur O. Friel, J. Allan Dunn, Alfred H. Bill, Jean d'Esme, Darrel Crombie, Arthur D. Howden Smith, Talbot Mundy, E. Charles Vivian, Will Garth, H. Warner Munn, and William Hope Hodgson. In the sole anthology it issued, the press also premiered a couple new works, one by Crombie and one by contemporary author Lin Carter. In later years it also published longer works by contemporary authors, including Carter, Galad Elflandsson, and Robb Walsh. Its books featured cover art by Jeff Jones, Robert Bruce Acheson, Virgil Finlay, Frank Brunner, David Ireland, Stephen Fabian, Randy Broecker, and David Wenzel.

Centaur's output was small, generally on the order of one to three books a year. Its publications featured thicker and less acidic paper than that utilized by most paperback houses.

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Gollum is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium. He was introduced in the 1937 fantasy novel The Hobbit, and became an important character in its sequel, The Lord of the Rings. Gollum was a Stoor Hobbit of the River-folk, who lived near the Gladden Fields. Originally known as Sméagol, he was corrupted by the One Ring and later named Gollum after his habit of making "a horrible swallowing noise in his throat".In Appendix F of The Lord of the Rings, the name Sméagol is said to be a "translation" of the actual Middle-earth name Trahald (having to do with the idea of "burrowing", and rendered with a name based on Old English smygel of similar meaning). Several critics speculate that Beowulf's Grendel could have been an inspiration for Gollum due to the many parallels between them – such as their affinity for water, their isolation from society due to personal choices, and their bestial description. Although Tolkien never explicitly stated this, he accredited Beowulf as one of his "most valued sources" when writing The Hobbit.The Ring, which Gollum referred to as "my precious" or "precious", extended his life far beyond natural limits. Centuries of the Ring's influence twisted Gollum's body and mind, and, by the time of the novels, he "loved and hated [the Ring], just as he loved and hated himself." Throughout the story, Gollum was torn between his lust for the Ring and his desire to be free of it. Bilbo Baggins found the Ring and took it for his own, and Gollum afterwards pursued it for the rest of his life. Gollum finally seized the Ring from Frodo Baggins at the Cracks of Doom in Orodruin in Mordor, but he fell into the fires of the volcano, where both he and the Ring were destroyed.

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Forlì – Palazzo Albertini from 19 December 2002 to 6 January 2003, visited by over 1,000 people after 15 days from the opening

Rome – Castel S.Angelo from 13 January to 2 February 2003, with the support of the Ministry of Cultural Goods, visited by over 15,000 people

Ancona – Mole Vanvitelliana from 15 February to 23 March 2003, with the support of the Province of Ancona, visited by 3,000 people

Forlì – Rocca di Ravaldino from 6 to 10 July 2003

San Daniele del Friuli (Udine) – Sala delle Esposizioni from 5 to 7 September 2003, in occasion of the 10th Hobbiton, with the support of the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Provinces of Udine, visited by 12,000 people.The exhibition was eventually reconceived and enriched with new important acquisitions (over 70 new artworks) on occasion of the following dates:

Rome – Villa Celimontana from 21 December 2003 to 25 January 2004, with the support of the European Parliament (Bureau for Italy), the Council Presidency and the Ministry of Communication, the Municipality of Rome (Cultural Politics Assessorship, Culture and Sport Department, Entertainment Bureau), the Embassy of New Zealand in Italy and the Tolkien Society, visited by 30,000 people

Danzig, Poland – The Green Gate (Zielona Brama) from 21 February to 18 April 2004, with the support of the Region of Pomerania and the Province of Danzig, visited by 40,000 people

Wroclaw, Poland – The City Arsenal – from 26 April to 20 July 2004 - visited by 30,000 people

Riolo Terme - Rocca Trecentesca from 1 to 29 November 2004 with the support of Regione Emilia Romagna, Province of Bologna and IBC

Trani – Castello Svevo from 5 to 29 March 2005 with the support of Regione Puglia and Province of Bari, Sopraintendenza BAP of Puglia visited by 10,000 people

Bari – Palazzo della Provincia from 1 to 25 April 2005 with the support of Regione Puglia and Province of Bari, Sopraintendenza BAP of Puglia – visited by 8,000 people.In 2005, the exhibition was held at the Musei di San Domenico in Imola, Italy from 3 June to 3 July.

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The Hobbit

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again is a children's fantasy novel by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It was published on 21 September 1937 to wide critical acclaim, being nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction. The book remains popular and is recognized as a classic in children's literature.

The Hobbit is set within Tolkien's fictional universe and follows the quest of home-loving hobbit Bilbo Baggins to win a share of the treasure guarded by Smaug the dragon. Bilbo's journey takes him from light-hearted, rural surroundings into more sinister territory.

The story is told in the form of an episodic quest, and most chapters introduce a specific creature or type of creature of Tolkien's geography. Bilbo gains a new level of maturity, competence, and wisdom by accepting the disreputable, romantic, fey, and adventurous sides of his nature and applying his wits and common sense. The story reaches its climax in the Battle of the Five Armies, where many of the characters and creatures from earlier chapters re-emerge to engage in conflict.

Personal growth and forms of heroism are central themes of the story, along with motifs of warfare. These themes have led critics to view Tolkien's own experiences during World War I as instrumental in shaping the story. The author's scholarly knowledge of Germanic philology and interest in mythology and fairy tales are often noted as influences.

The publisher was encouraged by the book's critical and financial success and, therefore, requested a sequel. As Tolkien's work progressed on the successor The Lord of the Rings, he made retrospective accommodations for it in The Hobbit. These few but significant changes were integrated into the second edition. Further editions followed with minor emendations, including those reflecting Tolkien's changing concept of the world into which Bilbo stumbled.

The work has never been out of print. Its ongoing legacy encompasses many adaptations for stage, screen, radio, board games, and video games. Several of these adaptations have received critical recognition on their own merits.


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