(James B. Settles’ cover for the October 1948 issue of Amazing Stories)
A spaceship rearing from the plain, scaffolding surrounds its lithe form… A classic image (the new Star Trek movie for example)! Often utilizing a very traditional science fiction trope which I’ve dubbed Rocket Field Figure, cover art concerning spaceship construction is often more stylized than realistic. My favorite is Carlo Jacono’s cover for the Italian edition of The Stars are Ours (1954). I’m not sure that he is actually the artist due to the fact that MANY foreign editions use the work of American or British artists modified slightly (this is not a hard fast rule, the work of Karel Thole for example is original). Richard Powers’ early 50s non-surrealist work is worthwhile as well….
If you know of any I’ve missed (I don’t have many in my art collection on this theme), especially newer books or magazines, please please let me know!
(Carlo Jacono’s cover for the 1958 edition of The Stars are Ours (1954), Andre Norton)
(Richard Powers’ cover for the 1954 edition of Dark Dominion (1954), David Duncan)
(John Richards’ cover for the 1961 edition of Dark Dominion (1954), David Duncan)
(Stanley Meltzoff’s cover for the 1951 edition of The Man Who Sold The Moon (1950), Robert A. Heinlein)
(John Richards’ cover for the 1955 edition of Revolt of the Humans (1955), Jonathan Burke)
(Victor Kalin’s cover for a 1970s issue (?) of The Stars are Ours (1954), Andre Norton)
(Bernhard Borchert’s cover for Der Tag Null(date?), Claus Eigk)
(Julian S. Krupa’s cover for the April 1947 issue of Amazing Stories)
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