(Cover for the 1965 edition of All Flesh is Grass (1965), Clifford D. Simak)
On twitter I like to highlight the birthdays of often lesser known SF artists and authors—and today is Emanuel Schongut’s birthday! The 1960s SF covers of Emanuel Schongut (b. 1936) demonstrate an eye for the simple form, the surrealist twist, the optical trick…. In 2012 I compiled a list of my favorite fifteen (as of then) SF covers [here]—although I suspect some of the list would change, his cover for the 1966 edition of Watchers of the Dark (1966) [below] by Lloyd Biggle, Jr. would retain its privileged place.
Although few of the other covers rise to the heights of Watchers of the Dark, some of his others from the 1960s still transfix and leave haunting impressions! For example, his cover for the 1965 edition of All Flesh is Grass (1965), Clifford D. Simak conveys a uncanny transformation, faces peer (details obscured), from the petals. I love how Doubleday steered clear of a lot of the main tendencies in SF art of the period and gave canvas space to some lesser known surrealists—Margo Herr, Emanuel Shongut, and Lawrence Ratzkin to name a few.
I’d love to hear your thoughts, your favorites, and whether or not you’ve read any of the books graced by his covers. As a kid I read Simak’s All Flesh is Grass (1965) and more recently I reviewed Kate Wilhelm’s wonderful collection, The Downstairs Room and Other Works of Speculative Fiction (1968)…. If there’s enough interest I’ll put together a post on his 70s covers as well.
For more cover art posts see the INDEX
(Cover for the 1966 edition of FROOMB! (1964), John Lymington)
(Cover for the 1966 edition of Watchers of the Dark (1966), Lloyd Biggle, Jr.)
(Cover for the 1967 edition of Planet Run (1967), Keith Laumer and Gordon R. Dickson)
(Cover for the 1967 edition of The Artificial Man (1965), L.P. Davies)
(Cover for the 1967 edition of The Night Spiders (1967), John Lymington)
(Cover for the 1967 edition of Quicksand (1967), John Brunner)
(Cover for the 1968 edition of Dimension A (1968), L. P. Davies)
(Cover for the 1968 edition of Retief and the Warlords (1968), Keith Laumer)
(Cover for the 1968 edition of The Downstairs Room and Other Speculative Fictions (1968), Kate Wilhelm)
(Cover for the 1968 edition of The Still Small Voice of Trumpets (1968), Lloyd Biggle, Jr.)
(Cover for the 1968 edition of Twilight Love (1967), L. P. Davies)
(Cover for the 1969 edition of Across a Billion Years (1969), Robert Silverberg)
(Cover for the 1969 edition of Retief: Ambassador to Space (1969), Keith Laumer)
(Cover for the 1969 edition of 7 Conquests: An Adventure in Science Fiction (1969), Poul Anderson)