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Look Here: Two (more) covers by Jeffrey Jones

Human figures dwarfed by the universe, blue/green-and-gold/orange colour schemes… I wonder… is Jeffrey Jones edging into Paul Lehr territory in the following covers? I think so!

Click here to view all of the covers by Jeffrey Jones that I’ve posted so far.

Keywords: Seetee Ship, Strangers in Paradise.

4 thoughts on “Look Here: Two (more) covers by Jeffrey Jones

  1. Looks very Jones-ish to me! The floating spaceman/spacewoman (or men, in this case) seems to have been a recurring theme in a number of paintings and comics pages by Jeff Jones from 1969-82. I can almost hear David Bowie’s 1969 hit “Space Oddity” when I see these. Seems Jones makes powerful associations with such imagery, identifying with the feeling of loneliness, despite being in the vast vacuum of space, or that of being in a sensory deprivation chamber. It’s one of his most personal symbols/metaphors in his art, I believe.

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  2. “Edging into Paul Lehr territory” is not the same as swiping from Paul Lehr. In this instance, it’s a matter of a relatively inexperienced and unformed young artist adjusting his style to suit the demands of the marketplace, producing Frazetta-like paintings for heroic-fantasy novels, a few Lehr-like paintings for science fiction, McGinnis-like paintings for gothic novels, and so on.

    Also, while I agree that Jeffrey Jones eventually did develop a strong affinity for theme of the perilous isolation of the “floating astronaut,” I see nothing in this particular Seetee Ship cover painting to indicate that the job had more personal significance to Jones circa 1968 than any of the other commercial assignments he took on at the beginning of his hectic early career as a professional illustrator of paperback covers. Jones’s Seetee Ship cover is not a great painting. It’s a somewhat sketchy, design-oriented painting by a young artist who went on to produce work both in and out of the realm of commercial art that was exceedingly more skillful, expressive, and heartfelt.

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  3. I agree with you. Notice that book cover is from 1968. I said 1969-1982, regarding that isolated astronaut theme. 1970 would probably be a more accurate beginning for what I was speaking of, with his “Union” comics story from the ABYSS anthology being the starting point.

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  4. “Notice that book cover is from 1968.”

    My entire reply to you was based on that fact, Chris. That’s why I referred to Jones as a “a relatively inexperienced and unformed young artist” and used the phrase “Jones circa 1968.” Initially, you said the 1968 painting looked “very Jones-ish” to you, and went on to justify your assessment by appeal to what you and I both view as a significant theme in Jones’s later work, especially in his comics. My counter-point was and is that we ought to be careful about reading themes from self-directed/personal work like “Saved” (scroll down after you click the link) and “Union” (again, scroll down after you click the link) into very early, publisher-directed/commercial work like the Seetee Ship cover.

    But I see now that we agree on all that. Or at least, I think we do…

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