(Cover for Galassia #97, January 1969)
Two of my recent Adventures in Science Fiction Cover Art posts fit (retroactively) into a linked post series on women SF illustrators from the 1960s/70s—which includes The Diagrammatic Minimalism of Ann Jonas and Donald Crews and Haunting Landscapes and Cityscapes: The 1970s Italian SF Art of Allison A.K.A. Mariella Anderlini. This post is a continuation of the latter and explores the twelve covers Alison created for Galassia in 1969 that showcase her vivid creativity.
Galassia was one of the primary Italian SF publications for most of the 1960s (consult Michael Ashley’s Transformations: The Story of the Science-fiction Magazines from 1950-1970, 311) and introduced translations of English-language social SF novels to Italian audiences. SF Encyclopedia’s entry on Italian SF is worth reading for more basic information.
Allison’s twelve-month cycle of covers for the year 1969 feature stark yet evocative black and red designs (some appear to be wood block prints). At first glance they seem distinct from her later covers I featured in Haunting Landscapes and Cityscapes. However, I notice similarities in the sculpted nature of the forms.
It is a shame that Mariella Anderlini is not better known. I suspect if she was able to illustrate covers for a handful of Anglo-American SF publications as Karel Thole (the central figure in Italian SF art) was able to, she might be better known to non-Italian audiences….
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(Cover for Galassia #98, February 1969)
(Cover for Galassia #99, March 1969)
(Cover for Galassia #100, April 1969)
(Cover for Galassia #101, May 1969)
(Cover for Galassia #102, June 1969)
(Cover for Galassia #103, July 1969)
(Cover for Galassia #104, August 1969)
(Cover for Galassia #105, September 1969)
(Cover for Galassia #106, October 1969)
(Cover for Galassia #108, December 1969)