Look Here: A Zebra illustrated picture gothic with cover art by Fernando Fernandez

The cover is uncredited, but the moment I pulled Larksong at Dawn out of the stacks of old paperbacks at a local church sale, I knew by the signature that the illustrator was Fernando Fernández, whose “Circles Trilogy” was featured here at RCN back in 2010. Fernández had died earlier that same year, and his passing was noted, and his career celebrated, in an obituary published on the Guardian website right here.



Look Here, Read: “The Circles Trilogy” by Fernando Fernandez

Keywords: Fernando Fernandez, Larksong at Dawn by Agnes Russell.

Look Here: Two more covers with art by Jeffrey Jones

One of the following covers with art by Jeffrey Jones is pretty badly scuffed. Can you guess which one it is?


If I ever come across a better copy of The New Adam, I’ll probably buy it. I only purchased the battered copy that you see above at a local church sale because I couldn’t, at that moment, remember having seen one before, ever.

As for my copy of The Hand of Kane, I have to say, it’s in much better condition than the scan makes it look.

And so it goes…

Keywords: Jeffrey Jones, The Hand of Kane by Robert E. Howard, The New Adam by Stanley G. Weinbaum.

Look Here: A classic novel with sinister cover art by Ralph McQuarrie

Although American commercial artist Ralph McQuarrie (13 June 1929 – 03 March 2012) was perhaps best known for his work as a conceptual designer for movies and television, including the original Star Wars trilogy (1977-1983), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), the original Battlestar Galactica TV series (1978), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), and Cocoon (1985), he was also active, especially in the 1980s, as a cover illustrator for non-movie-related SF paperbacks. Here’s an especially effective example of McQuarrie’s work in that vein, scanned by me from my very own copy of Eric Frank Russell’s Sinister Barrier:


Keywords: Ralph McQuarrie, Sinister Barrier by Eric Frank Russell.

Connections: Hans Holbein the Younger and Mark English


Heads Up: Corben Art Sale, 12 April 2014

On Saturday 12 April 2014 at 12:00 noon CST, twenty-eight pages of original black-and-white comic art by Richard Corben will go on sale via the “Sales” page on the artist’s official website, while twenty figure drawings by Corben will go on sale via the “Figure Drawing” page.

The sale will include ten pages from Mutant World by Strnad and Corben, eight pages from the tale of Conan’s grandfather, Connacht, as written by Timothy Truman and published in Dark Horse’s Conan the Cimmerian, and all ten pages of “The Well,” adapted from Lovecraft by Corben and published in Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft.

All Mutant World pages are drawn in pen, markers, and grey pencil on 11 1/2 x 15 1/2 inch paper. All other comics pages are in Sharpie pens and Pigma pens on 11 x 17 inch paper. The figure drawings are in markers, grey pencil, and other drawing media.

The small scans that are on the Corben website here and here right now are intended for “viewing only.” Prices will be posted when the sale goes live, at which point the first person to complete the PayPal shopping cart for each page will receive that page.