(Josh Kirby’s cover for the 1970 edition of The Reproductive System (variant title: Mechasm) (1968), John Sladek)
It has been too long since I collated a cover art post… I have a love hate relationship with Josh Kirby’s work. He tends to be on the comedic side, for example, he provided covers for a large percentage of Ron Goulart’s DAW titles (The Wicked Cyborg, etc) and Prachett’s Discworld novels.
However, for a brief window of time in the 60s and 70s he produced some gorgeously surreal depictions of astronauts and and astronaut transformations. His cover for the 1970 edition of The Reproductive System (variant title: Mechasm) (1968) by John Sladek is easily one of my favorite SF covers. Unfortunately, none of the others really match its sheer brilliance, the fantastic colors/angles of the earth, the dark background framing the astronaut walking across the surface with a strange growth reaching in the background….
What are your favorites?
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(Josh Kirby’s cover for the 1970 edition of A Century of Great Short Science Fiction Novels (1964), ed. Damon Knight)
(Josh Kirby’s cover for the 1970 edition of SF The Best of the Best Part Two (1970), ed. Judith Merril)