On the Art of Covers

I saw some highly entertaining cheesy SF novel covers over at i09….Of course, these things are always a matter of taste. There’s no doubt that this is utterly vile, while this makes a mockery of a major author’s work.  While this may be one of the vilest covers of all time.

But what about this cover for a Conan novel? Cheesy or mind-blowing?  Or this H.P.  Lovecraft cover? Naff, yes, but also chilling?

Here are a selection of some SF covers I’ve been looking at recently….A history of the genre told in lurid covers.  From Chris Foss’s stylish sexless spaceship covers to Frank Franzetta’s crazed musclemen and buxom women, and more…

 

Jaguar God, by Frank Franzetta

Jaguar God, by Frank Franzetta

More Frank R.Paul

Frank R.Paul

Okay this is REALLY cheesy - Franzetta again

Okay this is REALLY cheesy - Franzetta again

A rather subtle Frank R. Paul

A rather subtle Frank R. Paul

Okay, forget subtle - it's Frank again...

Okay, forget subtle - it's Frank again...

Jeff Jones, Tarzan Rescues the Moon

Jeff Jones, Tarzan Rescues the Moon

Frank R. Paul

Frank R. Paul

Chris Foss, Second Foundation cover

Chris Foss, Second Foundation cover

Alex Toth

Alex Toth

Images of Barsoom

Images of Barsoom

Monster Men by Frank Franzetta

Monster Men by Frank Franzetta

Jim Bunrs

??? ?? NOT Jim Burns as I erroneously said originally (see comment)

John Schoenherr

John Schoenherr

Hey this isn't an oldie & goldie, but I love this cover

Hey this isn't an oldie & goldie, but I love this cover

 

Rick De Marco

Rick De Marco

Robert K. Abbett

Robert K. Abbett

 

This one IS by Jim Burns..

 

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