(Uncredited cover for the 1970 edition of When Two Worlds Meet (1970), Robert Moore Williams)
A while ago I put together a post on the theme of Models, Dolls, and Mannequins in cover art. Little did I know that Curtis Books (a rather minor publisher of generally minor authors) and Born, a Dutch imprint, used a substantial number of cover compositions comprised of manipulated photographs/collages etc of plastic toy spacemen in unusual alien environments. Also, a few more major publishers/magazines — Four Square Science Fiction and Analog Science Fiction Science Fact — had their own take on the theme.
I find these covers very charming and fun (sort of like a science fiction B-film from the 50s) — not necessarily artistic masterpieces. They certainly evoke childhood games with toy figurines — perhaps placed in the lawn or sandbox or amongst the grass. I’ve included a few from my previous post and another can be found in my post on Pyramids (spaceships + future earthscapes + alien temples).
I really wish I knew the artist for the Curtis book covers….
My favorite is the uncredited cover for the 1968 edition of All The Traps of Earth (1962) (by Clifford D. Simak) — the landscape evoked is hostile and alien. What are your favorites?
If you know of any other examples of covers using toy spacemen let me know.
(Uncredited cover for the 1967 edition of Shoot At the Moon (1966), William F. Temple)
(Uncredited cover for the 1970 edition of Monte Cristo #99 (1970), John Jakes)
(Uncredited cover for the 1970 edition of The Cruachan and the Killane (1970), Cristabel)
(Uncredited cover for the 1968 edition of All The Traps of Earth (1962), Clifford D. Simak)
(Alex Jagtenberg’s cover for the 1970 edition of From Carthage Then I Came (variant title: Eight Against Utopia) (1966), DouglasR. Mason)
(Studio Lemaire’s cover for the 1971 edition of Bedlam Planet (1968), John Brunner)
(Unredited cover for the 1967 edition of FROOMB! (1964), John Lymington)
(Studio Lemaire’s cover for the 1971 Dutch edition of World Without Stars (1966), Poul Anderson)
(Alex Jagtenberg’s cover for the 1970 edition of The Furies (1965), Keith Roberts)
(Uncredited cover for the 1971 edition of Get Off My World (1971), Eando Binder)
(Mike Gilbert’s cover for the December 1974 issue of Analog Science Fiction Science Fact)
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