Listing of Harry Kane Illustrations of
The following illustrations by Harry Kane
show various scenes inside Headquarters. Page numbers
refer to the hardback editions. (Click on the
page number to see the illustrations)
"Terror Castle," p. 55
"Stuttering Parrot," p.
"Whispering Mummy," p. 27, 131
"Vanishing Treasure," Cover illustration, p.145
"Screaming Clock," p 111
"Talking Skull," p. 123
"Crooked Cat," p. 47
Unfortunately, when the text and
illustrations are pieced together, there are several
conflicts that become apparent. First, the drawings of
Headquarters prior to "Crooked Cat" show the
office area of Headquarters as being somewhat cramped.
This is understandable in a thirty-foot trailer where
part of the space must go to a laboratory, darkroom, and
washroom ("Whispering Mummy," p. 8). However,
in "Crooked Cat," Headquarters is shown as
being relatively wide open with only a small booth at one
corner; this booth is presumably the laboratory that is
illustrated in "Whispering Mummy" (p. 131),
although in "Crooked Cat," the laboratory is
drawn in a different corner than in "Whispering
Of course, the size of the booth as illustrated in "Whispering
Mummy" appears rather small to house a complete
laboratory with the equipment described in the various
books; the drawing of the laboratory in "Talking
Skull" (p. 123) seems more the right size. What then
do we make of the booth?
One possibility is that the booth is actually the
entrance to the laboratory and not the laboratory itself.
This makes a lot of sense if you look at the illustration
in "Talking Skull" and notice that the
laboratory is actually a combination laboratory/darkroom
(i.e., the lab and darkroom are not separate rooms).
Thus, a double curtain entry door, provided conveniently
by the booth, would give good access to the darkroom. A
curtain would be at the front of the booth with another
curtain at the rear of the booth to enter the lab/darkroom.
That way, someone could enter the darkroom while film is
being developed without spoiling the pictures. The only
problem with this explanation is Robert Arthur's
assertion on p. 67 of "Talking Skull" that the
lab is big enough for only one person at a time,
suggesting that he envisioned the booth itself being the
laboratory itself and not just the entrance.
Of course, none of the illustrations show the washroom
mentioned in "Whispering Mummy"; so it is
impossible to know where it should be placed.
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