Adventures in Science Fiction Cover Art: Models, Dolls, Mannequins
August 5, 2012 § 12 Comments
(David Davies’ cover for the 1968 edition of The Syndic (1953), C. M. Kornbluth)
Occasionally I dabble in the incredibly esoteric and artistically painful. Apparently in the 60s and the early 70s — heralded by the artist David Davies — there was momentary interest in sci-fi covers constructed from manipulated photographs of store window mannequins, dolls, wire contraptions vaguely suggesting spaceships, toy spacemen, wooden artist mannequins dressed in clothes/wigs, and copyright violating models of the Star Trek: The Original Series Enterprise NCC-1701.
Unfortunately, most of the covers I’ve discovered are uncredited — they might all be the work of David Davies. Internet Speculative Fiction Database has seventeen of his covers listed but I suspect that he made many many more — I’ve gone ahead and credited a few which are clearly his work. These covers “graced” books by the greats (Frederik Pohl, Brian Aldiss, Robert Sheckley) and the not so great (R. L. Fanthorpe and William F. Temple) and were not only relegated to the second string presses. The Ballantine editions are quite intriguing…
The majority elicit endless giggle fits — especially the obvious plagiarism of Star Trek in Galaxy 666 (1968).
Avoid if you suffer from pediophobia.
(Uncredited cover for the 1966 edition of Digits & Dastards (1966), Frederik Pohl)
(Uncredited cover for the 1966 edition of Slave Ship (1956 magazine publication), Frederik Pohl)
(Uncredited cover for the 1968 edition of Galaxy 666 (1963), Pel Torro (i.e. R. L. Fanthorpe)
(David Davies’ cover for the 1974 edition of The Same To You Doubled (variant title: Can You Feel Anything When I Do This?) (1971), Robert Sheckley)
(David Davies’ cover for the 1968 edition of The Saliva Tree and Other Strange Growths (1966), Brian Aldiss)
(Uncredited cover for the 1967 edition of Shoot at the Moon (1966), William F. Temple)
(Uncredited cover for the 1966 edition of Shadow on the Hearth (1950), Judith Merril)
(David Davies’ cover for the 1967 edition of Needle in a Timestack (1966), Robert Silverberg)
(David Davies’ cover for the 1967 edition of Analogue Men (1962), Damon Knight)
(David Davies’ cover for the 1968 edition of Ten From Tomorrow (1966), E. C. Tubb)
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