The Sleek and Memorable Art of A. J. Donnell

In another post (about blood moons and werewolves) I had occasion to examine the various cover paintings for Jack Williamson’s great novel, Darker Than You Think.   In addition to Edd Cartier’s black and white illustration, Jeff Jones’ transmogrification of tigers and snakes, and David G. Klein’s rather literalist take on the eros and violence in […]

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The Surrealist Path of Harry O. Morris

It was great to finally read Harry O. Morris – Artist Portfolio from Centipede Press.   Flipping through the lush images that take up most of the 320 pages, you can journey through the strangeness that has characterized the long career of this remarkable artist. I am really lucky to have known Harry from way back […]

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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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Boskone 48 Art Exhibit – Audio-Visual Reconstruction

At Boskone 48, not only were there great works of Greg Manchess, Omar Rayyan, and Bob Eggleton, among others, taking up several rows of panels, but there was also an entire wall dedicated to an exhibit of original SF and Fantasy paintings!   Curated by Joe Siclari and Edie Stern, the exhibit featured dozens of works […]

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Science Fiction Paintings of Milton Luros

The first paintings by Milton Luros that I remember seeing featured beautiful women, rendered with a soft, almost flat touch.  For some reason the image of a green-skinned Amazon, struggling in bondage as two human spacemen try to drag her into a cage always sticks in my mind.   With a light touch, the artist […]

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Lloyd Birmingham’s Ethereal SF Covers

Another artist who appeared briefly then disappeared into the woodwork of the illustration world was Lloyd Birmingham, who created one of my favorite covers from the early 1960s.  His illustration for Mark Clifton’s story Hang Head, Vandal! (April 1962) has always fascinated me.  It’s an image of a spacesuit being used as a scarecrow, propped […]

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Unlucky Soldier: the Soviet Illustrator, Yuri Makarov

The cool illustrations of Yuri Makarov [Юрий Георгиевич Макаров], featured on Dark Roasted Blend a few years ago, made me wonder who the artist was.   The link to a biography, in Russian, turned out to be an excerpt from an essay published in the Soviet Library of Science Fiction [Библиотека советской фантастики] which was illustrated by […]

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