Seems someone took his sobriquet "The Wizard of Menlo Park" a little too seriously.
The funny thing is, if you were to crop out the magazine header this picture could be dropped into any of the 3 first edition AD&D corebooks and it would fit right in with the other illustrations. Even stylistically it looks a lot like the Sutherland and Darlene illos of the period. Which of course leads me to once again ask that eternal question "Who would win in a fight between Thomas Alva Edison and Emirikol the Chaotic?"
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