Look Here: Two SF novels and a political thriller covered by Paul Lehr

So many covers to scan… so little time…


Keywords: Separation by Richard Rohmer, Nightmare Journey by Dean R. Koontz, Dolphin Island by Arthur C. Clarke, Paul Lehr.

Connections: Neil Young (1974) and Supertramp (1975)


Keywords: On the Beach by Neil Young, Crisis? What Crisis? by Supertramp.

Look Here: An unusual cover assignment for Sanjulian

From my collection…


Keywords: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, Sanjulian.

Look Here: A classic trilogy with classic cover art by Darrell K. Sweet

Illustrator Darrell K. Sweet (1934-2011) was a reliable image maker who, it seems to me, tended to strive for a kind of old-fashioned naturalism in his fantasy and science fiction paintings but whose finished work often appeared slightly (and sometimes, especially in his later years, more than slightly) cobbled together and stiff. Once in a while, however — the period from late 1970s to the early 1980s was definitely the sweet spot — the artist managed to break through to a more expressive (and cohesive) version of his basic style. Sweet’s 1978 covers for Stephen R. Donaldson’s first “Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever” trilogy, for instance, were among the finest of his career (though he’d only been in the business for about three years at that point), and compare favourably with the work of his heroes from the so-called “Golden Age of Illustration.” And look here! I’ve just scanned them — from the 1983 reprints I recently acquired to replace my disintegrating 1978 originals — for you to admire:


Classic covers for a classic trilogy! What more can one ask for?

Look Here: Two plays by Shakespeare with cover art by Milton Glaser

I only have two battered volumes of the Signet Classic Shakespeare Series of paperbacks with cover art in pen and ink and wash by Milton Glaser in my book collection, but they are definitely worth scanning for display here, so… voilà!



If Glaser’s drawing for the cover of The Tempest looks vaguely familiar to you, it might be because you’ve seen Glaser’s famous psychedelic poster of Bob Dylan, created for the release of Dylan’s 1967 “Greatest Hits” album…

Keywords: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, William Shakespeare, Milton Glaser.