(Patrick Woodroffe’s cover for the 1974 edition of Four for the Future (1969), ed. Harry Harrison)
Here is Part II of my sequence on SF and Skulls (morbid I know): Part I. We have a range of skeletal curios—from Charles Moll’s deconstructed representation of an astronaut in mental and physical decay to Patrick Woodroffe’s heart + skull renegade taxidermy-esque construction arrayed against a joyous psychedelic (blotter paper swirls?) background.
What are your favorites? Why?
I plan on a Part III so if you know of any other skull art on pre-1980s covers let me know. I know there are more Astounding magazine covers but I don’t own copies and have trouble finding high resolution images online.
For more art posts consult the INDEX
(Uncredited cover for the 1973 edition of No Mind of Man (1973), ed. Robert Silverberg)
(Davis Meltzer’s cover for the 1975 edition of A Plague of Demons (1964), Keith Laumer)
(Charles Moll’s cover for the 1975 edition of Possess & Conquer (1975), Wenzell Brown)
(Uncredited cover for the 1970 edition of Science Against Man (1970), ed. Anthony Cheetham)
(Uncredited cover for the 1975 edition of Star-Begotten (variant title: Star Begotten)(1937), H. G. Wells)
(Uncredited cover for the 1975 edition of The Invincible (1964), Stanislaw Lem)
(Uncredited cover for the 1970 edition of The White Windows (variant title: The Sex War) (1953), Sam Merwin, Jr.)
(Bruce Pennington’s cover for the 1975 edition of The Wizard of Linn (1950), A. E. van Vogt)
(Angus McKie’s cover for the 1976 edition of Best SF: 1974 (variant title: The Year’s Best Science Fiction No. 8)(1975), ed. Harry Harrison and Brian W. Aldiss)
(Davis Meltzer’s cover for the 1971 edition of The Falling Astronauts (1971), Barry N. Malzberg)
(Ed Acuna’s cover for the December 1974 issue of Vertex: The Magazine of Science Fiction, ed. Donald J. Pfeil)
(Van Dongen’s cover for the May 1964 issue of Astounding Science Fiction, ed. John W. Campbell, Jr.)