SQP Inc., 2007
‘The Beast Within: The Art of Ken Barr’ (48 pp) was published in 2007 by SPQ Inc.
SQP is a publisher of oversize trade paperbacks devoted to cheesecake, pinup, and porn artwork (‘Vincent Stephens’ Big Ass Book’, ‘Chicks and Monsters’, ‘Alazar’s Fetish Fantasies’, ‘Treasured Chests 4’). A few of their titles are showcases of fantasy and sf art; one of these is ‘The Beast Within’.
In the Introduction to the book, Sal Quartuccio, the owner of SQP Inc., reminisces about meeting Ken Barr at the 1970 Comic Book Convention in New York City. Quartuccio, then “……..a very young and energetic kid from Brooklyn” commissioned Barr to provide the cover art for Quartuccio’s 1971 self-published sf comic book, titled Phase I. Barr also provided cover artwork for the inaugural 1974 issue of Quartuccio’s other venture into indie comics publishing, Hot Stuff.