Pop surrealism? Lowbrow art? The Andy Warhol effect? However you classify Atelier Heinrichs & Bachmann’s covers for the German press Heyne Bücher (produced between 1966-1971), they’re gleeful and sarcastic. I’d wager their cover for Frank Herbert’s Dune Messiah (1969) above pokes fun at the US 1st edition by Jack Gaughan. The collaged sculpture giggles forth with its pastel halo like a Tiki-recast of Gaughan’s stoic monument to Muad-Dib. Gaughan’s mysterious orb now transformed as blue bubble-gum bubbles (or water droplets on a desert planet?). Regardless of whether or the design team saw the US 1st edition, this streak of impish fun runs throughout their covers.
In 2016, I covered The Cryptic Diagrams and Collaged Heads of Atelier Heinrichs. They too were possessed by moments of kitsch and collage. I’m assuming that Bachmann joined the team for the years 1966-1971. Atelier Heinrichs produced covers before and after Bachmann (isfdb link). I cannot find more information in German or English about the artists involved and the nature of their “atelier.” If you find anything, let me know!
The covers in this post crisscross a vast spectrum of visual symbology and image fragments–from the Statue of Liberty to advertisements for Caesar dressing. They are all characterized by garish colors and visual verve. While rarely related to the contents of the books in more than a surface way, they encapsulate the excitement and weirdness I adore in 60s/70s SF art.
Their covers for the 1971 edition of Frank Herbert’s Dune Messiah (1969) and the 1970 edition of John Brunner’s Slavers of Space (1960) are my favorites from the bunch!
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