Illustration Art · Jeffrey "Jeff" Catherine Jones · Prints (Jones) · Walt Simonson

Connections: Brunner, Jones, Simonson

ABOVE: Howard the Duck #1 (Jan 1976), with cover art by Frank Brunner.
ABOVE: Jeffrey Catherine Jones, “Dragon Slayer,” oil painting originally commissioned, and then rejected, for the January 1982 issue of National Lampoon. It was published as a print by Glimmer Graphics in 1992.
ABOVE: National Lampoon, vol. 2, no. 42 (Jan 1982), with cover art by Walt Simonson.

The love triangle between the knight, the damsel, and the dragon depicted in both the Jones painting and the Simonson cover is oddly, unintentionally, wryly symbolic. As many comics fans know, Walt Simonson’s wife, Louise, had previously been married to Jeffrey Jones. Jeffrey and Louise had met at college in 1964, married in 1966, and eventually divorced some time in the early 1970s, or so it has been vaguely reported. Meanwhile, Louise Jones apparently met Walt Simonson in 1973, they began dating in 1974, and they married in 1980. Thus, in a sense, Jones was the knight who lost the damsel to the dragon, and what’s more — adding insult to injury, so to speak — failed to win the competition, if one may refer to it as such, with Simonson to have work published on the cover of National Lampoon. Or maybe Jones suggested Simonson for the job when his (Jones’s) painting was rejected. That’s a nice thought, though I have zero evidence to back it up…

Book/Magazine Covers (All) · Charles Moll · Illustration Art · Look Here

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.

Book/Magazine Covers (All) · Don Ivan Punchatz · Illustration Art · Look Here

Look Here: Three paperback covers plus with art by Don Ivan Punchatz

“Don Ivan Punchatz — Don Ivan’s ability to touch men with acrylic and melt them into beasts, or touch beasts with oil and ink, and voila, they are senators or brokers is endlessly stunning. Metaphor, after all, is the universal language and Don Ivan Punchatz could teach at Berlitz.”
— Ray Bradbury


The covers displayed above were scanned by me from books in my own collection; the covers displayed below were not:

Keywords: The Day of the Burning, Death Tour, Heavy Metal vol. III, no. 9, Times Without Number, Foundation, Second Foundation, Foundation and Empire, the Foundation Trilogy.

Book/Magazine Covers (All) · Illustration Art · Look Here · Richard Powers

Look Here: Three SF covers with art by Powers, one with art by Schoenherr

Today RCN has got four freshly scanned selections from my personal archive of disintegrating SF paperback pulp for your viewing pleasure:


I don’t know much about John Schoenherr’s career in illustration, but I must say, Schoenherr’s painting for the 1961 Ace edition of Brunner’s Meeting at Infinity is a surreal stunner that even the universally acknowledged king of surreal SF cover art himself, Richard Powers, must have envied when he first laid eyes on it. For a minute or two. Maybe.

To view all of the scans of covers with art by Richard Powers that I’ve posted here at RCN, click here. And don’t forget to click the “Older posts” link when you get to the bottom of the page.

Keywords: The Star Dwellers, The High Crusade, A Far Sunset, Meeting at Infinity.

Book/Magazine Covers (All) · Illustration Art · Leo and Diane Dillon · Look Here · Obituaries

Rest in Peace: Leo Dillon (1933 – 2012)

In a post on the blog dated 29 May 2012, Irene Gallo announced the passing of Leo Dillon, one half of the legendary husband-and-wife illustration team of Leo and Diane Dillon. Leo was 79 years old.

Here, in remembrance of Leo Dillon, is a teeny-tiny sampler from the magnificent body of work the Dillons created together (although the Tolstoy cover from 1961 is just signed “Dillon,” so I suppose it might just be rare example of a solo cover illustration by Leo; yes, Leo and Diane were married in 1957, but my understanding is that they didn’t immediately begin to do all of their illustration work as a team); the covers have been scanned by yours truly, from books in my own collection:


Not that it matters, but I have to say 1) that Who’s in Rabbit’s House? is one of my favourite children’s books of all time, and 2) that my enduring affection for the book is entirely due to the Dillon’s expressive character designs and sly, energetic, innovative staging of the story.

To view all of the covers with art by Leo and Diane Dillon that I’ve posted so far here at RCN, click here.


From an online auction, here’s a scan of Leo and Diane Dillon’s original art for the cover of John Brunner’s The Traveler in Black:


Keywords: The Cossacks and the Raid, The Traveler in Black, Justice and Her Brothers, Dustland, The Art of Leo & Diane Dillon, The Snow Queen, World’s End, Honey, I love, Ashanti to Zulu, Who’s in Rabbit’s House.

Book/Magazine Covers (All) · Illustration Art · Leo and Diane Dillon · Look Here

Look Here: Four Ace SF Specials, with cover art by Leo & Diane Dillon

More scans from the library of you-know-who:

To view all of the scans of covers by Leo and Diane Dillon that I’ve posted so far, click here.

Keywords: The Silent Multitude, The Jagged Orbit, The Island under the Earth, And Chaos Died.

Book/Magazine Covers (All) · Book/Magazine Covers (Jones) · Illustration Art · Jeffrey "Jeff" Catherine Jones · Look Here · Samuel R. Delany

Look Here: Ten more paperback covers by Jeffrey Jones

The original reproduction on many of the following covers by Jeffrey Jones, all from the library of yours truly, was very poor, so my scans are sometimes not the best here. One exception is the last cover, Twilight of the Serpent, which actually showcases Jones’s artwork in more detail and with more lively colour than does the rather dour reproduction on the back cover of publisher Underwood-Miller’s lavish hardcover, The Art of Jeffrey Jones.

My favourites this time around are the covers for The Curse of Rathlaw (1968), an early effort in which Jones’s attractive design for the vignette is nicely reinforced by the typography, and Twilight of the Serpent (1977), a later cover which displays Jones’s hard-won skills as a draftsman (or draughtsman, if you prefer), mastery of lost-and-found edges in oil painting, and increasing willingness in the 1970s and early 1980s to produce images that went against the grain of traditional heroic fantasy.

Keywords: Earthmen and Strangers, Kothar of the Magic Sword, The Book of Ptath, The Jewels of Aptor, Seetee Shock, The Incomplete Enchanter, The Curse of Rathlaw, The Sword of Morning Star, Bedlam Planet, Twilight of the Serpent.

Book/Magazine Covers (All) · Illustration Art · Look Here · Paul Lehr

Look Here: Four more covers by Paul Lehr

The 1964 edition of The Deep Range by Arthur C. Clarke with the cover by Paul Lehr is a pretty cool find, I think. It’s a pity the artwork is obscured by the title, etc., but the book is in excellent condition, so it scanned fairly nicely, and of course, it is instructive to compare it with Lehr’s later covers, which, unlike The Deep Range, typically combine highly saturated colours with a strict adherence to traditional colour schemes.

Keywords: The Deep Range, Planet Run, More Things in Heaven, Night of Delusions.