Adventures in Science Fiction Cover Art: The Statue of Liberty on Pre-1968 Magazine and Novel Covers, Part II
August 8, 2013 § 13 Comments
(Richard Weaver’s cover for the 1968 edition of The Monitors (1966), Keith Laumer)
Here’s an evocative collection of SF Statue of Liberty covers from before and after WWII…
Make sure to take a peek at Part I if you have not already. In Part I, I discussed the rationale for my dating restriction i.e. covers on the theme published pre-1968. After Franklin J. Schaffner’s movie Planet of the Apes (1968) became a cultural phenomena, multiple covers paid homage to the famous scene in the film. Hopefully, by examining the ten covers I’ve found depicting the Statue of Liberty from before the movie was released — often in scenes similar to the iconic one in Planet of the Apes (Part I contains a comparison) – the purposeful reference to earlier magazine art is clear…
The Statue of Liberty was not only deployed in some post-apocalyptical landscape for shock effect as I showed in Part I. For example, the statue framed by a nuclear explosion perfectly manifests early nuclear fears in William Timmins’ wonderful cover for the May 1946 issue of Astounding Science Fiction. Richard Weaver’s visually stunning interpretation for the 1968 edition of Keith Laumer’s The Monitors (1966) conveys a perversion of liberty… Her withered skull stares forth.
Frank R. Paul’s cover for the January 1935 issue of Wonder Stories uses the Statue of Liberty to key the reader into a futuristic New York. While Earle K. Bergey’s cover for the July 1942 issue of Startling Stories, uses a similar effect — the destruction wrecked by the giant man (I’d have to read the story it illustrates to find out the nature of the monster) is shown by uprooting the national monument.
What are your favorites?
(William Timmins’ cover for the May 1946 issue of Astounding)
(Frank R. Paul’s cover for the January 1935 issue of Wonder Stories)
(Earle K. Bergey’s cover for the July 1942 issue of Startling Stories)
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