(Cover for the 1968 edition of Last Door to Aiya (1968), ed. Mirra Ginsburg)
My pseudo-series exploring the more esoteric reaches of SF art continues. Previous posts include The Brothers Quay and SF Covers, The 1960s Covers of Emanuel Schongut, and A Spotlight on the SF Covers of David McCall Johnston. You all read my site because of my more esoteric dalliances, right? Hah.
H. Lawrence Hoffman (b. 1911-1977) [wikipedia article] illustrated a vast range of covers for the major presses such as Popular Library—his mystery novel covers, including those by Dashiell Hammett, are particularly evocative [here is a substantial gallery displaying the range of his non-SF covers].
His use of coral and figures inspired by Central American Art (see his cover for The Gate of Worlds (1967), Robert Silverberg) demonstrate his more experimental moments. His coral covers are stunning— Last Door to Aiya (1968), ed. Mirra Ginsburg and A Century of Science Fiction (1962), ed. Damon Knight. And the 1973 edition of Alien Art by Gordon R. Dickson scratches a strange artistic itch…
What are your favorites?
For more SF cover art posts consult the INDEX
(Cover for the 1969 edition of The Dueling Machine (1969), Ben Bova)
(Cover for the 1954 edition of Beyond the Barriers of Space and Time (1954). ed. Judith Merril)
(Cover for the 1973 edition of Alien Art (1973), Gordon R. Dickson)
(Cover for the 1972 edition of Flight of Exiles (1972), Ben Bova)
(Cover for the 1949 edition of Earth Abides (1949), George R. Stewart)
(Cover for the 1957 edition of Rogue in Space (1957), Fredric Brown)
(Cover for the 1952 edition of The Haploids (1952), Jerry Sohl)