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#VintageSciFi Discussion: Cover art!

Posted on: January 27, 2019

Welcome to our last week of #VintageSciFi discussions.

There are some excellent conversations going on in the comments sections, and it’s never too late to join in. Here are links to the discussions posts from earlier this month:

Topic for Jan 6 – Jan 12:  I just dated myself.

Topic for Jan 13 – Jan 19:  Gateway Drug to Vintage.

Topic for Jan 20 – Jan 26: Why is this important to you?

 

for our final week of Vintage Science Fiction month, we’re doing something fun. Let’s talk about cover art! the good, the bad, the weird, and the WTF.  Before going further, I need to give a huge shout out to Joachim at Science Fiction and other Suspect Ruminations, who has a ginormous index of Vintage Cover Art.  There are also cover art galleries available at The Future Is Female, and this rather random but still enjoyable SciFi Books Flickr group gallery. DECADES of wonderful and weird cover art!  because do you judge a book by it’s cover? I know I do.

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Let’s discuss!

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Topic for Jan 27 – Jan 31: That’s, um, interesting.  Post your favorite Vintage Cover art. Post the weirdest cover art you can find. Post Vintage cover art that makes you want to pick the book up, post vintage cover art that makes you say WTF?

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Be warned, this post is just a gigantic gallery of Vintage cover art (loading my be slow) and my comments on the artwork. Based on the cover art, would you pick up this book?   If you’ve read these titles, does the cover art have anything to do with the story?

 

If you’ve got Vintage SciFi Cover art that you love, or cover art that is so weird you’re not sure what to think about it, put a link to the image in the comments.

What a striking image!! But I don’t think that’s what Jirel was wearing??

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This 1962 artwork looks right out of the mid 80s

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my favorite Waystation Cover Art. first time I saw this cover art, I didn’t even notice the little farmhouse.

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um, what??

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Lem’s The Cyberiad is freakin’ fantastic! Love this Monty Python-esque cover art!



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lol, I’m laughing that the gigantic ring makes this look like an epic fantasy?

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I do love the symmetry of this early 60s artwork. are those. . . lens flares??

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i just really like this cover art. Looks like a movie poster.

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I like this cover art. it’s atmospheric and just plain weird.

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One of my absolute favorite Vintage books. You owe it to yourself to read this.

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this cover art actually mostly matches the story! EXCELLENT book by the way.

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I have a weakness for Star Trek artwork, ok?

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what the fuck?

 

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14 Responses to "#VintageSciFi Discussion: Cover art!"

I really love the cover on my collection of Moore’s Jirel stories (Northwest Smith, on the other hand, looks way too much like a Baldwin brother). Jirel is striking, with flowing red hair, and I love that the cover includes the unsettling white horses. I did notice when I read the story that Moore specifically notes that Jirel wears a normal breastplate. In this cover she gets boob armor.

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flowing red hair? Maybe I should cosplay her.

and lol on Northwest Smith looking like a Baldwin brother, looking at him on the cover of “Northwest of Earth: The Complete Northwest Smith”, i can’t unsee his Baldwin-ness!

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Instead of posting all my favorite covers here, I’ll just link to where I’ve posted my favorite covers before. And boy do I wish I owned all these covers.

https://auxiliarymemory.com/2016/11/06/do-judge-books-by-their-covers/

https://auxiliarymemory.com/2017/07/22/collecting-science-fiction-covers-for-4k-monitor/

And I wrote a whole essay about visual nostalgia and hunting down covers:

https://blog.worldswithoutend.com/author/jwharris28/page/2/#.XE3OPVxKhO8

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What wonderful essays and posts! I too use google image search to find covers, and then sometimes I’ll land on some other pages that have good galleries and archives. I really liked your article on visual nostalgia!

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It seems like artists of the “olden days” were more daring and out there with their cover art. I’d like to see this Terry Gilliam fever dream-art on some of modern sf covers.

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I agree completely about so much of the older art being totally out there and daring. “Terry Gilliam” fever dream is the perfect way to describe it! I don’t dislike the cover art styles of today, but they seem kind of repetitive?

also, i love your screen name!

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Oh, I have so many. I’ll have to think about which to choose and do a post. I have my FB feed to shove the Vault of Retro Sci-Fi posts to the top, so every day I get a dose of weird imagery (if a little too heavy on the nekkid ladies for my taste). I also love Good Show Sir, the blog of old wonky SF cover art.

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Great post! I adore vintage SF covers.
I wish I looked as sexy as that cat-lady-alien 😉

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cat lady alien looks mighty pissed off, if you ask me. and now that i think about it, that cover art would make the perfect meme. . . .

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I love vintage SF cover art, to the point that I have 3 somewhat large Frank Frazetta prints hanging in my bedroom. And I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how cover art trends change over time when seeing newer re-issues of some of my childhood favorites (A Wrinkle in Time). It’s so different.

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