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Look Here: Two SF covers with arresting airbrushed artwork by… ?

I’m not a big fan of pure airbrushed artwork, but here are two airbrushed SF covers — from 1970 and 1979 respectively — that recently caught my eye as I was browsing through my very own library of paperback “classics,” looking for stuff to scan and share:


Please note that neither of the above paperbacks includes a formal credit for the cover artist. Yes, the artwork on Bill, the Galactic Hero is signed “McMACKEN,” or “McMALKEN,” but I have no idea who McMacken/McMalken is…

Keywords: The Star Kings, Bill, the Galactic Hero.

UPDATE (07 August 2013):

I can’t say for sure, but my best guess at this point is that the McMacken who produced the cover art for Bill, the Galactic Hero is Dave McMacken. Widely admired in his early career for his skill with an airbrush, McMacken is perhaps best known for his cover illustrations for albums such as Frank Zappa’s Over-Nite Sensation, The Commodores’ Natural High, AC/DC’s Ballbreaker, Cat Stevens’ Greatest Hits, Warrant’s Dog Eat Dog, The Bullet Boys’ Freak Show, Weather Report’s Black Market, The Beatles’ Reel Music, Steve Miller’s The Joker for Steve Miller, and Kansas’s Leftoverture. Some might also remember his poster for Steven’s Spielberg’s 1941.

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