(Ray Kalfus’ cover for the May 1963 issue of Amazing Stories)
The Easter Island heads have long been explained away by conspiracy theorists as the work of aliens! Apparently there are a few short stories and novels that derive not only their cover art but entire stories from such hilariously awful material…. Regardless, the covers are giggle inducing, and in the case of the uncredited cover for William Tenn’s Of All Possible Worlds (1955) rather striking. I’ve included one cover from the 40s, an Arkham house novel that might be more “horror” than “sci-fi.” Regardless, the idea that the Easter Island heads evoke dread, is well, laughable.
If you know of any others please let me know — I could only round up these five covers….
Enjoy! + laugh a bit….
And perhaps listen to the capella band Throat Culture‘s ‘Easter Island Head‘ in “honor” of such art.
(Uncredited cover for the 1963 edition of Of All Possible Worlds (1955), William Tenn)
(Rick Sternbach’s cover for the 1986 edition of Shuttle Down (magazine 1980), Lee Correy)
(same cover appears on the Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact December 1980 issue)
(Bill Schmidt’s cover for the 1981 edition of Shuttle Down (1980), Lee Correy)
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