(Cover for Fiction, 133 (1964), ed. Alain Dorémieux)
The four credited covers of Philippe Jean for the French SF magazine Fiction (between 1963-1964) show remarkable clarity of vision. Each explores the patina of decay made manifest in a haunting landscape that stretches across the page, still inhabited by small figures who weave among the ruined buildings and statuary. The detail from Fiction, #133 below shows a decaying recumbent form amongst brittle shadows of the masts of stranded ships — small human figures move around it.
In another instance, here Fiction, 121, a solitary statue, with its equine form still intact, juts forth amongst other shapes that have lost their defining characteristics. The full cover image at the end of the post also shows humans moving around the edges of the image observing the remaining testament of a previous civilization.
Although I know little about the artist (let me know if you discover more about him), he worked well within the confines of Fiction‘s one color scheme requirements (brown + black + gray, or, blue + black + gray). As with so many of Fiction‘s artists, he demonstrates delightful line-work. In the detail from Fiction, 122, human forms move between natural stone formations and a pyramid (tomb?)….
And my final detail narrows in on the human occupants of a shadowy landscape, where the landscapes they observe have lost definitive shape (Fiction, 129)… The full cover includes Dali-esque supports that prop up the languid supine mass.
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Thematically similar posts include The Science Fiction Covers of Max Ernst and Claude Lacroix’s Delicate Lines and Mutations (60s/70s Covers for the French SF Magazine Fiction).
The full covers
(Cover for Fiction, 122 (1964), ed. Alain Dorémieux)
(Cover for Fiction, 129 (1964), ed. Alain Dorémieux)