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Look Here: Four more early 1970s SF covers with art by Charles Moll

This morning, let us give thanks to the gods themselves for churches that organize used-book sales:


Keywords: New Dimensions III edited by Robert Silverberg, The Whole Man by John Brunner, The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov, Virgin Planet by Poul Anderson, Charles Moll.

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Look Here: Four more F/SF covers with art by Charles Moll

I featured scans of four Malzberg novels with terrific cover art by Moll on 02 December 2012, and this is sort of a follow-up to that post. Although I’m not a huge fan of his work in general, Charles Moll has produced some very strong covers over the years for various fantasy and science fiction novels, along with many weak ones. Combined with the images in my previous post, the following covers, scanned by me from the old paperbacks in my personal library, should give you an good idea of Moll’s weaknesses and strengths as an image maker:


Moll’s sombre, psychologically engaging surrealist cover art for Spinrad’s No Direction Home is the clear winner here. The other covers are nothing special, although Moll’s art for Brak the Barbarian (1977) gets points for featuring a pretty-boy protagonist who does not conform to reader expectations for a Conan-esque barbarian hero who lives “in the savage age of blood and barbarism.” It’s an interesting choice, though the sterile execution leaves much to be desired.

With his painting for the cover of Twilight of the Serpent from the same year (1977), Jeffrey Jones produced an image that goes against the grain of heroic fantasy in a similar way but he really made it work, not merely by means of a superior concept but also by means of his superior grasp of the expressive potential of his chosen medium (here’s a link to the full post).

Keywords: The Return of Kavin, The Queen of Air and Darkness and Other Stories, No Direction Home, Brak the Barbarian.

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Look Here: Four SF novels by Barry N. Malzberg with cover art by Charles Moll

From the library of yours truly:


I like to think that when Barry N. Malzberg first saw Charles Moll’s terrific cover art for the Pocket Books editions of his novels, he briefly felt hopeful about the future of his career in science fiction.

Keywords: Herovit’s World, Beyond Apollo, On a Planet Alien, The Sodom and Gomorrah Business.