The Jersey Journal reported today that illustrator Edd Cartier passed away at his home in Ramsey, New Jersey on Christmas Day, 2008. He was 94 years old, certainly a long life in anyone's book.
Cartier was perhaps best known as the Shadow illustrator, along with the whimsical gnomes he created for the Gnome press calendars. He also illustrated many stories in Astounding and other pulps, such as the illo from "Typewriter in the Sky" by L. Ron Hubbard (above).
I chanced across some reprinted illos in a fanzine in the early 70s and was captivated by his style and flair. I think you can still see some influence in the way I treat drapery.
The Shadow illustration above says it all: The Golden Master.