(Fiction 114, May 1963)
Whenever it is Philippe Curval’s birthday I am pulled back into the fascinating world of French SF cover art–in particular the magazine Fiction, which, during its early years, had an utterly different aesthetic than anything found on American magazines. As I desperately want to read his novels (the vast majority remain untranslated), I can only enjoy the magazine covers he created in the 50s (Part I and Part I of my series on his photocollages).
This is all to say, I have chosen another lesser known artist for Fiction to showcase, Michel Jakubowski. This post which continues a loose series I’ve cobbled together on Adventures in French Science Fiction Cover Art (list below). I cannot find any information on him online. Perhaps he’s related to the more famous French SF author and editor Maxim Jakubowski? I don’t know — please let me know if you uncover anything more.
Michel Jakubowski created nine covers for Fiction between 1962 and 1966. The first six show remarkable moodiness, and dark layers… In many ways, similar to equally fascinating textures and patinas of Philippe Jean. Fiction 114 evokes a pond at night, with the sharp edges of plants arrayed in a reddish moonlight. While human figures climbs out of a shadowy orifice in Fiction 115. And in my favorite of the function, Fiction 120, the dead body of a lizard (?) lies in the sand against a mysterious backdrop.
What is your favorite? As with so many artists for Fiction, I wish they were more productive. And perhaps they were for other genres.
Note: Curval’s Prix de Apollo-winning novel Cette chère humanité (1976) was translated in 1981 as Brave New World but still remains out of reach as it costs a pretty penny online (more than $35 if it has its gorgeous Max Ernst cover jacket!). A few of his short stories have also appeared translated in American collections over the years. Here is a link to his extensive bibliography (~19 novels and ~100 short stories).
(Fiction 109, December 1962)
(Fiction 115, June 1963)
(Fiction 120, November 1963)
(Fiction 126, May 1964)
(Fiction 132, November 1964)
(Fiction 148, March 1966)
(Fiction 151, June 1966)
(Fiction 157, December 1966)
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