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Look Here: Another three Zebra/Kensington REH paperbacks with cover art by Jeffrey Jones

One of the highest of the many high points of Jeffrey Jones’s career as a cover illustrator was the magnificent series of large-scale oil paintings the artist produced for the Zebra Books reprints of the works of Robert E. Howard. I’ve posted eleven of Jones’s wraparound covers so far, and today I’m back with three new ones — A Gent from Bear Creek, Pigeons from Hell, and The Undying Wizard — which I recently acquired:

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If Jones produced covers for more than fourteen Zebra/Kensington collections of the works of Robert E. Howard, I would be interested to hear the news, because as far as I am aware, fourteen titles is the complete set.

The other eleven Zebra/Kensington REH paperbacks with cover art by Jones that I’ve scanned and posted here at RCN can be viewed via the following links:

Look Here: Three more Zebra/Kensington REH paperbacks, with cover art by Jeffrey JonesThe Incredible Adventures of Dennis Dorgan, The Lost Valley of Iskander, The Iron Man.

Look Here: Another couple of R.E.H. covers, with wraparound art by JonesTigers of the Sea, The Second Book of Robert E. Howard.

Louise Simonson on Frank Frazetta, Jeffrey Jones, and photo reference…The Vultures of Whapeton.

Look Here: Three more R.E.H. covers, with wrap-around art by JonesWorms of the Earth, Sword of the Gael, The Book of Robert E. Howard.

Look Here: Two Zebra/Kensington REH covers, with art by Jeffrey JonesThe Sowers of the Thunder, Legion from the Shadows.


BONUS SCANS:

As luck would have it, I have two excellent copies of The Vultures of Whapeton in my collection of mouldering pulp fiction. I scanned one of the copies back on 12 February 2012 and posted the result here, and I like the scan well enough, but since I’m in a scanning mood at the moment, I think I’d like to try again. So here, just for fun, is a scan of my other copy:

Keywords: Breckinridge Elkins, A Gent from Bear Creek, Pigeons from Hell and Other Weird and Fantastic Adventures, Cormac Mac Art, The Undying Wizard, The Vultures of Whapeton.

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Look Here: Three more Zebra/Kensington REH paperbacks, with cover art by Jeffrey Jones

More Jones covers, scanned by me from my own collection:

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To view all of the Zebra/Kensington paperbacks with cover art by Jeffrey Jones that I’ve posted over the years, click here.

Keywords: The Incredible Adventures of Dennis Dorgan, The Iron Man, The Lost Valley of Iskander

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Look Here: Another couple of R.E.H. covers, with wraparound art by Jones

From the paperback collection of yours truly, here are two more classic Zebra/Kensington covers, with wrap-around art by Jeffrey Jones:

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To view all of the Zebra/Kensington editions of Robert E. Howard’s books with Jones covers that I’ve posted so far, click here.

Keywords: Tigers of the Sea, The Second Book of Robert E. Howard, Cormac Mac Art.

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Louise Simonson on Frank Frazetta, Jeffrey Jones, and photo reference…

Below is a partial transcript of the above clip, with bold added for emphasis:

“Well, when Jeff did work for Warren, I wasn’t there [working for Warren] yet. I was, uhm, working in advertising promotion and, for another publisher, a magazine publisher in the city [New York]. Uhm, I think during this time Jeff may have discovered using reference? And it made a huge difference in his work. I remember at one point he, he, it suddenly occurred to him… okay, all right, back in the olden days there was a story that Frank Frazetta said that he never used reference and anybody who used reference was cheating. So a generation of young artists grew up thinking using reference is bad and cheating and this is, I don’t know, I don’t know why Frank did that because I know he used reference, I know he did. [Laughter.] Uhm, anyway, so I guess at one point Jeff just cracked and started using reference and his work got, it took a huge leap forward, so I do remember that, and I believe that was, maybe some of that might have been during the Warren period. Uhm, he just did a few things for Warren. He didn’t do that much.”

— Louise Simonson, Better Things Panel, San Diego Comic Con 2011



“My work looks the way it looks because I shoot reference.
I need that information, then I can play with it.” — Jeffrey Jones, in conversation with George Pratt



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BONUS SCAN:

From my very own library of brittle old paperbacks:

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To view all of the Zebra/Kensington editions of Robert E. Howard’s books with Jones covers that I’ve posted so far, click here.

Keywords: The Vultures of Whapeton.

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Look Here: Three more R.E.H. covers, with wrap-around art by Jones

From my very own collection of crispy-crunchy sf-and-f paperbacks, here are three more classic Zebra/Kensington covers, with wrap-around art by Jeffrey Jones, whose new book, Jeffrey Jones: A Life in Art (IDW), is available in stores now, in both regular and signed/numbered editions:

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To view a pair of Zebra/Kensington Robert E. Howard paperbacks with cover art by Jeffrey Jones that I posted earlier, click here.

Keywords: Worms of the Earth, Sword of the Gael, The Book of Robert E. Howard, Bran Mac Morn, Cormac Mac Art.

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Look Here: Two Zebra/Kensington REH covers, with art by Jeffrey Jones

As I noted on this blog a long time ago, Jones’s paintings for Zebra Books/Kensington Publishing Corporation were one of the high points of the artist’s career as a cover artist. What I find interesting when I compare the two covers posted below, though, is the difference in Jones’s imagery and technique from one to the other. Whereas Legion from the Shadows features a rather abstractly composed fantasy battle scene delineated in thin washes of oil paint with relatively little opaque overpainting — some of the lightest lights in the painting have been created simply by wiping out the paint to expose the white ground — The Sowers of the Thunder explicitly hearkens back to the imagery and technique of James McNeill Whistler as evidenced in works such as Variations in Flesh Colour and Green: The Balcony and The Artist’s Studio, both of which I’ve included below for the sake of easy comparison. Whistler and Robert E. Howard — an odd couple if ever there was one!

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The final two images above provide a comparison between the figure in the right foreground of The Sowers of the Thunder and the original art for one of the plates in Jones’s As a Child portfolio (Colchester, CT: Black Lotus, 1980).

Keywords: Bran Mak MOrn, The Sowers of the Thunder, Legion from the Shadows.