Joachim Boaz compiling a post about SF comic book art? Wait. Wait. That can’t be, I remember reading in a comment months ago that he hasn’t opened a comic book once in his entire life. Oh, that makes more sense, the French artist Serge Clerc, who worked for Métal Hurlant early in his career, also created SF covers….
…and they are quite fun in their wacky way. In 1977 for the French Presses de la Cité – Futurama, Serge Clerc created eight covers–gracing works by Brunner, Octavia Butler, E. C. Tubb, and James Gunn–of which I’ve included seven in this post. My favorite is his 1977 edition of John Brunner’s The Dramaturges of Yan (1972). I’ve read three of the four John Brunner novels. The Dramaturges of Yan (1972) might be his single worst novel and Polymath (variant title: Castaways’ World) (1963) was a fun adventure—although not as provoking as Bedlam Planet (1968). The Whole Man (variant title: Telepathist) (1964), a far better novel, definitely marks a turning point in his career.
James Gunn’s The Immortals (1962) is also worth the read. And anything by Octavia Butler…
Do you have any favorites? What do you think about comic book style art on SF covers? (personally, I’m not sold but I find all types of SF from the 70s intriguing).
As always, thoughts and comments are welcome.
For more cover art posts consult the INDEX
(Serge Clerc’s cover for the 1977 edition of Polymath (variant title: Castaways’ Planet) (1962), John Brunner)
(Serge Clerc’s cover for the 1977 edition of The Whole Man (variant title: Telepathist) (1964), John Brunner)(Serge Clerc’s cover for the 1977 edition of Star Ship (1955), E. C. Tubb)
(Serge Clerc’s cover for the 1977 edition of The Immortals (1962), James Gunn)