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Look Here: Five paperback covers with art by Bruce Pennington

More scans of books selected from the piles that continually rise and fall and fall and rise again around me here in our tiny home office; the artist this time around is Bruce Pennington:

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Keywords: Bruce Pennington; Simon Rack; Macabre Railway Stories, edited by Ronald Holmes; Alpha 5, edited by Robert Silverberg; Starcross by Laurence James; The Towers of Utopia by Mack Reynolds; Lost Worlds: Volume 1 by Clark Ashton Smith

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Look Here: One lovely SF cover with art by David Blossom

Not by Dean Ellis, and not by Paul Lehr, though vaguely reminiscent of both, the illustration on the cover of Robert Silverberg’s Tower of Glass is complemented rather than overwhelmed by a big block of bold, compressed, sans-serif type:

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The artist here is David Blossom, but who the heck is David Blossom? The following summary of the artist’s career appears on various sites round the Web; my source is New Britain Museum of American Art (NBMAA):

Though born in Chicago, Illinois, Blossom lived most of his life on the East Coast. Growing up in Rye, New York, he later moved with his family to Westport, Connecticut in 1963, where he lived until his death. Early in his career, he worked as an art director at Young & Rubicam, a communications company, where he specialized in advertising for the Ford Motor Company and Pan American Airways. His work in illustration included covers for romance novels and popular magazines such as Outdoor Life and Reader’s Digest. Blossom is also known for creating movie posters for such Clint Eastwood westerns as The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, A Fistful of Dollars, and A Few Dollars More. In its annual awards for excellence to deserving artists, the Society of Illustrators awarded the Hamilton King award to Blossom for best illustration of the year in 1973.

I’ve done a bit of searching, and I can’t find any information about which Clint Eastwood movie posters, exactly, featured art by Blossom, but possibly/maybe it was the ones that looked like this:

Here’s an example of Blossom’s non-SF illustration work, copied from the NBMAA blog, for comparison:

Oddly enough, a later, photo-based design for The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is build around more or less the same typographical idea as the design for Silverberg’s Tower of Glass, with art by Blossom:

And thus the serpent eats its tail… sort of…

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Look Here: Three SF covers with atmospheric art by Chris Foss

Time for some more cover scans from the library of yours truly! This time around, I’ve got three SF paperbacks with art by British illustrator Chris Foss, whose airbrushed visions of massive starships, architecture, and hardware spawned a legion of imitators back in the 1970s (and beyond):

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Keywords: The Reality Trip and Other Implausibilities by Robert Silverberg, The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov, Midsummer Century by James Blish, Chris Foss.

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Look Here: Four more SF covers with art by Robert Foster

Here are four novels with cover art by Robert Foster that I acquired this spring:

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Unfortunately, the edition of Davy that you see above is not the one I would prefer to own. The edition that I would prefer to own is the one that shows more of Robert Foster’s artwork and thus doesn’t drain all of the surrealism out of it:

You can view a snapshot of Foster’s painting, framed and hanging on somebody’s wall, over on the Illustration Exchange site, where you’ll find the following particulars: 19 x 25 inches, acrylic, 1964.

Keywords: The Masks of Time by Robert Silverberg, Davy by Edgar Pangborn, Light a Last Candle by Vincent King, The Burning by James E. Gunn, Robert Foster.

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Look Here: Three more covers with art by Gene Szafran

I often think that I should be more systematic in presenting my cover scans, but then again, because I’m always buying new stuff, I think it might be easier for you simply to remember to check out the various categories and tags at the bottom of each post if you see work that you like; there might just be more by the same artist on view in other posts:

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Szafran’s Downward to the Earth cover art (1971) clearly owes a lot to the “magic realist” airbrush paintings of the German artist Paul Wunderlich; the other two covers, however, owe nothing at all.


Keywords: Downward to the Earth by Robert Silverberg, Star of the Unborn by Franz Werfel, Clarion II edited by Robin Scott Wilson.

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Look Here: More paperback covers by Paul Lehr

Somebody out there likes Paul Lehr’s work; I know this not because people post to tell me they like it but because the Ragged Claws Network blog stats show regular visits to the Paul Lehr category. So, on with the show:

Keywords: Easy Prey, Candle in the Sun, Three Trips in Time and Space.

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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.

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Look Here: Nine Paperback Covers by Paul Lehr

From the bookshelves of yours truly, here are nine paperback covers (ten, actually; a bonus image was added at a later date) by Paul Lehr, along with one Lehr-ish cover by another hand:

Keywords: The Anome, The Enemy Stars, Andromeda Gun, Isle of the Dead, Counter-Clock World, Earth Abides, Pebble in the Sky, The Stars My Destination, Grimm’s World, The Cosmic Rape, Conquerors from the Darkness.