The mystique of Keleck

My first taste of any artwork associated with Keleck (aka Kelek), was at Boskone this year, where Andy Gelas brought my attention to two French paperback editions of Conan.   These were Conan Le Guerrier, and Conan Le Cimmerian, in the Titres SF editions from the early 1980s.   Needless to say, the eye-popping contrast in red […]

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Steele Savage – Adventures with the Heroes

A nice surprise at the Davis Square Goodwill!   An ex-library copy of Adventures With the Heroes (1954), illustrated by Steele Savage.   This is the companion volume to Adventures With the Giants (1950) that you can find nicely scanned over at Ragged Claws Network. In both volumes, you will find Steele Savage’s crisp rendering in pen […]

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Robots! in Science Fiction Art

DBR Podcast 4 – Robots in Science Fiction Art. 20th Century Science Fiction Art: Artists and Techniques. Lex Berman, Frank Wu, & Brianna Spacekat Wu present an intergalactic slide show of classic SF paperback and magazine cover art. Arisia 2011, Boston, MA (16 Jan 2011) Recorded 16 Jan 2011, Boston, Mass. [time 54:32, size 105 […]

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Pulp Life: A Major Exhibition of Charles Binger Art

The amazing works of Charles Ashford Binger will be shown in the first major exhibition of his works in 45 years!   “Charles Binger: A Pulp Life” will open at the La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Hollywood, CA on January 7th and run through the end of the month. Binger’s interesting career spanned from movie […]

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Science Fiction Art of Charles Binger

Looking over some covers for Pennant Books and Bantam Books from the 1950s, I noticed several interesting and moody paintings with a signature that reminded me of Bayre Phillips.  See for example Phillips signature on the left, and the signature of Charles Binger on the right. Although they both have a downward stroke in the […]

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Carlos Ochagavia – Self Portrait (1981)

Just received a copy of The New Visions, A Collection of Modern Science Fiction Art published in 1981.  I was was surprised and delighted to find one of the 23 artists featured to be Carlos Ochagavia, and to see not only his self-portrait sketch (below), but also his amazing SF Book Club edition cover painting […]

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The Illuminatus! Mystery of Carlos Victor

One thing that has baffled me for many years is the identity of the artist who painted the original covers of the Illuminatus! paperbacks, which were published by Dell in 1975.   The signature, clear as day, reads:  “Carlos Victor“, but I have never encountered any artist of that name in any reference.  Wikipedia credits all […]

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