Today is Larry Elmore's birthday. I have not posted this in the past because I am usually at Gen Con at this time and wish him a happy birthday personally.
Elmore usually gets shorted by the proponents of pure old-school proponents. Some associate his art with what they have felt was the decline of the old-school or even 1st generation mentality of *D&D. His art appears very prominently in the Mentzer versions of the D&D Basic rules, and on through the BECMI series. His art is central to the Dragonlance modules and books, so he gets lumped in with people feelings about that; good and ill.
I am a fan. I always have been. I like his work and I like the man. Plus he does some damn fine witches.
So I want to wish him a Happy Birthday today!