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Connections: Ted CoConis and H. Rogers, Ada and Shaft

Yeah, I know… there’s probably no direct connection between Ted CoConis’s stunning illustration for the cover of Vladimir Nabokov’s Ada and H. Rogers’ more workmanlike effort for Ernest Tidyman’s Shaft among the Jews — some design ideas are just “in the air” at certain points in history — but it is amusing to me that the cover of Nabokov’s daring and erudite literary novel, a novel which a reviewer for the New York Times described as “a love story, an erotic masterpiece, a philosophical investigation into the nature of time,” is several orders of magnitude sexier than the cover of a pulp fiction featuring “the black private dick that’s a sex machine to all the chicks.” Thus, this post:


Ted CoConis has a JPEG of his Ada cover illustration, sans text, on display on his website. Look there!


The photographic cover of the movie tie-in edition of Shaft is evocative, I guess. And since I own it, I might as well scan and post it, right?

Keywords: Ada, Shaft among the Jews, Shaft.

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Connections: Gustav Klimt and Robert Foster (and Jim Steranko)

Here’s another paperback that I purchased at a recent church rummage sale:


Now, that’s a very strong cover, no doubt, but I think that anyone who is familiar with the work of Gustav Klimt will tell you that the composition of Foster’s illustration owes a clear debt to Klimt’s Medicine (1901), a large-scale ceiling painting that was destroyed in a fire started by the Nazis and is known to us only by a black-and-white photograph of the finished work and a small colour preliminary:

Although at first glance you might be tempted to conclude that, in addition to being inspired by Klimt’s composition, Foster flat-out swiped the figure of the woman suspended in space in the upper-left-hand quadrant of Klimt’s painting, I think a closer comparison of the two figures suggests that what Foster actually did was hire his own model and instruct her to strike a pose similar to one Klimt chose for his model.


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BONUS IMAGE (Added 21 October 2012):

Just came across an illustration (with collage elements) by Jim Steranko, published in 1970, that obviously shares a strong family resemblance with the cover illustration by Foster, published in 1968, featured above:



BONUS IMAGE, TOO (Added 27 October 2012):

I definitely think Foster shot his own reference for the figure of the floating woman in the New Writings in SF4 cover:


Keywords: New Writings in SF4, Infinity One, Thorns.

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Connections: Malcolm S. Kirk and Jeffrey Jones

Earlier this week, I purchased a random selection of nine National Geographic magazines from 1967 and 1969 from a local thrift store. A few days later, as I was flipping through volume 135, number 4, from April 1969, I noticed an image by writer/photographer Malcolm S. Kirk that I knew I’d seen, in part, before. Here’s the comparison:


Keywords: Thongor Fights the Pirates of Tarakus.

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Connections: Luis Ricardo Falero and Jeffrey Jones

I saw the painting Crescent Moon (a.k.a., Moon Nymph) by nineteenth-century Spanish painter and astronomy enthusiast Luis Ricardo Falero for the first time about an hour ago, when I read an article about Falero’s work that Ron Miller wrote for io9 and posted earlier today. And as is my wont, I immediately noticed a possible connection between one of Falero’s paintings and an SF illustration by one of my favourite artists, Jeffrey Jones, the promotion of whose work has been a frequent theme of my posts here at RCN (although not so much lately as it has been in the past):


BONUS IMAGE (added 27 December 2013):

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Connections: Jack Kirby (1974) and Jean-Paul Goude (2006)

So I clicked a link, posted on Twitter, that led to an article entitled “Jean-Paul Goude’s legendary photographs inject a bit of humour into fashion,” and since I rather liked the image of fashion models sprinting down a track and crossing the finish line…

… I clicked through to the photographer’s website and began to browse through the images. And then I noticed the image of a woman, in parts, in a box, an image that bears the title Anatomically Incorrect:

Which, if you read comics, will no doubt instantly remind you, as it did me, of one of the most startling covers and opening sequences ever created by the great Jack Kirby, whose legendary body of work is packed to the rafters with startling, visionary imagery:








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Connections: Zurbaran, Dali, Vallejo, Foster

At first, I just planned to post a couple of covers by Robert Foster, scanned by me from my personal collection of SF paperbacks, but I have since decided that it might be more interesting to trace one warm line up through the chain of influence that led to Foster’s arresting illustrations for the front and back covers of Michael Moorcock’s Behold the Man. So here goes:


The typography on the cover of Behold the Man perfectly complements Foster’s painting, don’t you think? The whole package, front and back, is a real stunner!


Since I already scanned Foster’s collage-like Alternities cover, I suppose I might as well post that image, too:


Another strong image, I think.