With "Singing Serpent" a new
artist entered the world of the Three Investigators. Ed
Vebell drew the cover and internal illustrations for
"Singing Serpent" and also drew the covers for
the next two entries in the series. However, it should be
pointed out that Ed Vebell also drew the covers for
"Terror Castle" and "Stuttering Parrot,"
as discussed in the page on Harry Kane.
So he was not really a new artist, since he had been with
the series since its inception.
In the spring of 2001, I got curious about the original authors and illustrators associated with the series and tried to locate those with whom no contact had been established. Through some detective work (Jupe, Pete, and Bob would have been proud!), I was able to find Ed Vebell. After writing him a letter, I received a nice reply back along with an invitation to give him a phone call. That led to a series of conversations between me and Mr. Vebell, and he agreed to let me write up some information about his life and his association with The Three Investigators, which I have placed on the pages listed below. Mr. Vebell is a cordial gentleman who loves to share stories of his past experiences in the illustrating field, and he took the time to tell me about how he illustrated books. Although he no longer has any of his original artwork that he drew for the series, Mr. Vebell did have a few photos left in his collection that he used to draw some of the covers. I obtained these from him, and they (along with a couple of letters from him) are now in my personal T3I collection.
Read a brief
summary of the life of Ed Vebell, the illustrator