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Fantastic imagery, explosive color, and occasionally creepy creations merge together in this elaborate collection of the work of genius sci-fi artist, Jack Gaughan. Extremely prolific and popular from the 1960s through the 1980s, he illustrated hardcover and vintage paperback covers, digest covers, interior b&w art and more for the SF/fantasy/horror field. The first book on the art and life of this master, packed with finished paintings, prelims, sketches, studies. Overflowing with samples from the artist's personal archives.
Beginning in the late 1950s, Gaighn began illustrated wonderful paperback covers for novels by Philip K. Dick, Harlan Ellison, Ursula LeGuin, e.e. "Doc" Smith, Jack Williamson, Norman Spinrad, Damon Knight, Andre Norton, Jack Vance, Robert Heinlein, J.R.R. Tolkien (he did the early and now scarce Ace paperback covers), Poul Anderson, etc.
Zap Gun by Philip K. Dick, Pyramid, 1965: we have here not only the finished cover, but two color prelims and a b&w sketch, all substantially different than the final version.
For Robert E. Howard's Almuric, Ace, 1964, we have a wonderful pen & ink (title page?) and four alternate cover sketches, complete with the hand-drawn-logo.
Also here are four very early jackets for FPCI, circa 1950-52, and we show a scan of these here.
He also did program book covers for World SF Conventions and digest covers for all the top titles: Issac Asimov's, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Galaxy (including unpublished full color studies), If, Cosmos, Amazing, Algol, etc.
This also explores examples of his working methods. The definitive art book, an inside look into this four time Hugo Award winner. After his death, the New England Science Fiction Association created the Jack Gaughan Award for best emerging science fiction illustrator.
Introduction by Phoebe Adams Gaughn.
I wasn't a huge fan of Gaughn's work, but certainly recognized his iconic book covers from classic 1960s Ace and other paperback companies. However, this look is like an art exhibit, offering a look behind the scenes at his techniques, his thoughts and different ways of tackling a cover...and it has made me a fan. I also find I'm eager to read more about this man, obviously the go-to artist for a generation of readers, moving in when Virgil Finlay and Hannes Bok were leaving the field. -Bud
- Additional Information
Item Code OUTEH Publisher Nonstop Press Publish Date 2010 ISBN 9781933065168 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 9x9 # Pages 176pg Color Partial Color
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