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Connections: Humanity (an)atomized

Courtesy of our new 11 x 17 inch scanner/printer, my personal library, and GIMP, here are four covers that share a sort of thematic family resemblance along with a bonus cover on a slightly different theme; the artist credits, where known, are in the file names, as usual:


The cover art for Notions: Unlimited by Robert Sheckley is uncredited, and no signature is visible, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the artist turned out to be Dean Ellis.


Keywords: Rogue Golem by Ernest M. Kenyon, Dean Ellis, Captive Universe by Harry Harrison, Jack Faragasso, The Female Man by Joanna Russ, The Best of Barry N. Malzberg, Robert Schulz

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Connections: Have nude, will travel…

Here’s a silly post for ya…



And there you have it: the good, the bad, and the ugly…

ANOTHER (Added 01 December 2014):

AND ANOTHER (Added 04 December 2014):

AND ANOTHER (Added 31 July 2015):

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Connections: Deskey, Getter, Ellis, McCarthy

Donald Deskey designed the original Tide bullseye logo. Marc Getter designed the cover of the first American edition of Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow, published in 1973. Dean Ellis illustrated the cover of the first edition of Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren, published in 1975. Paul McCarthy designed the case for his 2010 exhibition catalogue, Low Life Slow Life, to look like a Tide box, circa 1973.


Fun Fact: Delany wrote his first pornographic novel, The Tides of Lust, in the time and space between his SF novels Nova (1968) and Dhalgren (1975). Now that is a book that some publisher or other ought to offer in a Tide-box slipcased edition.


Connections: John Gannam and Al Hartley

Back on 01 January 2012, I posted a lovely “Out of Context” image that seemed appropriate for the morning after New Year’s Eve. The story from which I clipped the panel does not include an artist credit, but the Grand Comics Database attributes the artwork in “Menace to Our Marriage,” All Romances #2 (October 1949) to Al Hartley.

Almost sixteen months later, i.e., yesterday, on his blog Illustration Art, David Apatoff posted three paintings by John Gannam in the context of a discussion of the perennial commercial appeal of artistic depictions of female ecstasy over products. And one of Gannam’s “legendary” 1940s watercolours for Pacific Sheets leaped off the (Web) page at me! Scroll down and you’ll see why…


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Connections: Frank Frazetta and Arthur Suydam


I scanned the cover of Back to the Stone Age by Edgar Rice Burroughs, with pulse-poundin’ art by Frank Frazetta, from the copy of the paperback edition in my personal library.

Arthur Suydam’s Mammoth was published as a poster/print in both an unsigned and a signed and limited edition by Glimmer Graphics in 1990, and it appears that copies of both editions are still available. I borrowed the image of Mammoth from the Glimmer Graphics site.

Suydam’s stories in Heavy Metal and Epic Illustrated were among the best those magazines had to offer.

Frazetta, of course, is Frazetta.

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Look Here: Four more Agatha Christie mysteries with art by Tom Adams

More covers, freshly scanned, by me, from books in my personal collection:




Look Here: Four Agatha Christie novels with cover art by Tom Adams

Look Here: Four more Agatha Christie novels with cover art by Tom Adams

Happy Halloween 2012 from RCN!Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie, with art by Tom Adams

Look Here: Two Raymond Chandlers with cover art by Tom Adams

Keywords: A Murder is Announced, Nemesis, The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, After the Funeral.

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Look Here: Two paperback covers with art by Barron Storey


Earlier this morning, I purchased the above paperbacks with cover art by Barron Storey from a local thrift store for a buck a piece. When I arrived home with my haul, I noticed that I had received an email from a past contributor to RCN — see Look Here, Read: “The Believer,” reconstructed by Rotomago — who had sent me scans, front and back, of THE EXACT SAME EDITION (!) of The Lord of the Flies that I had just purchased along with a JPEG of a cover with art by Chris Bachalo that apparently was intended as an homage to Storey’s iconic painting. To his credit, Rotomago had noticed the connection between the two covers on his own, but when he checked online, he found that the well-known comics site, Robot 6, among others, had beaten him (and me) to the punch. Still, I do think the connection is interesting, so I’ve decided to post the JPEG of Bachalo’s Avengers Arena cover here at RCN:

The short critique of the Bachalo’s cover that Rotomago sent to me along with the JPEG is pretty much spot on, so rather than write something myself, I’m just going to quote him:

Some current super-heroes addicts seem to find this homage very cool. Personally I’m not so enthusiastic. I find this cover representative of trendy contemporary illustration, in form and spirit, in its undecided soft aseptic lines and colours, and in its poverty of imagination, but that’s surely a question of taste.

Barron Storey’s online presence includes a blogspot that functions as an archive of old journal pages and a tumblr that Storey is in the process of filling with new journal pages.

Rotomago is a cartoonist as well as the creator of the site, Alberto Breccia Bibliografía, which, although it hasn’t been updated in a while, remains a valuable resource.

P.S. I actually own a drawing by Chris Bachalo that I’ve been meaning to scan and post, but for some reason, I’ve just never gotten around to it. Maybe this year…

P.P.S. I’ve used my own scans of Storey’s Lord of the Flies cover rather than the scans that Rotomago sent to me by email — my copy of the novel is in like-new condition; Rotomago’s copy is faded from wear and slightly damaged on the back — but I must say, if I hadn’t coincidentally just purchased my own copy, it’s Rotomago’s scans that you’d be viewing right now.

Keywords: Fahrenheit 451, The Lord of the Flies.