Junkfoodman (aka the Green Hamburger) — a silly illo by Ian Gunn


I have no words for Junkfoodman. Obviously it’s a spoof of the Green Lantern, possibly a combo of Ronald MacDonald and the Green Lantern. My mind has gone down the fan-fic road, mentally inscribing stories where Junkfoodman walks the streets, forcing innocent passersby to eat fries until they vomit, attacking innocent dieters and…

Ian Gunn, creator of these silly illos (illustrations), was a beloved award-winning artist based in Melbourne. Cancer took him from us too soon.

Ian left a legacy including lots of great illustrations. Many of these illustrations are available for sale.

Victoria’s science fiction convention, Continuum, occasionally presents the Ian Gunn Memorial Award recognising the ‘unsung heroes’ of fandom: people consistently working in the background who never expect any recognition of their efforts. This commemorates Ian’s selfless efforts to reach out to others, encouraging others and thereby building the science fiction community.

K’rin Pender-Gunn, Ian’s widow, gave Dark Matter Zine permission to republish Ian’s artwork. Thanks, K’rin!