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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Perry Rhodan cover gallery part 3

More from the Perry Rhodan series from the 1970s, as published by Futura here in the UK.

Angus McKie + original artwork


Angus McKie + original artwork

Paul Lehr

Bob Layzell

Bob Layzell

Bob Layzell

Bob Layzell

Tony Roberts

Bob Layzell

Peter Elson

More to follow... Yes, the series really did last that long!

9 comments:

  1. Once again, you're performing a public service with these Rhodan cover scans. Certainly reminds me of my childhood, cruising the aisles of WHSmiths and John Menzies looking for the best SF book covers.

    If I recall the late 70s, early 80s were populated by large luxurious reprint books of these kinds of SF book cover illustrations - no doubt fuelled by Star Wars and a desire for publishers to cash in relatively cheaply. I've still got a few, notably the 'Terran Trade Authority Handbooks' compiled by Stewart Cowley. To my shame though, a collection of around a dozen others ended up cut up and stuck into scrap books (why? why oh why?).

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  2. Wonderful dude, I've been searching around for who some of these artists are after finding quite a few of these in an old bookshop. They don't seem to have the illustrator's name on the inside. Glad I stumbled upon your site after a good hours worth of searching.

    You certainly have a wealth of stuff to look at. I've bookmarked you and will come back for a more thorough look see.

    Any reason why the covers often have nothing to do with the content?

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  3. Cameron,

    Back in the 1970s, the paperback industry was booming and science fiction was selling well. The great Chris Foss was producing covers with monolithic spaceships and I imagine sales of these books showed a significant enough jump for every art director to want Foss-like covers. That they had zero to do with the content didn't matter. It was branding and marketing, no better or worse than the hyperbole of the back cover blurbs which most novels could never live up to.

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  4. Wowsers. That was a quick reply, well informed too. Funny you say Chris Foss, I've actually been looking for paperbacks with his artwork.

    Completely off the topic, you should check out the trailer for Pixar's new one 'Up'. Just saw it, it's fantastic.

    Cheers mate.

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  5. >More to follow... Yes, the series really did last that long!

    on 17 july 2009 come german Perry rhodan edition 2500 !
    yes you read right edition 2500
    Perry Rhodan start in germany 1961 and sell very well

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  6. PERIL ON ICE PLANET: the cover is by Paul Lehr.




    Mark

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  7. PR 23 Peril on Ice Planet - agreed it's Paul Lehr.
    PR 24 Infinity Flight - Bob Layzell. It's not signed but definitely his style. All the UK Orbit editions are illustrated on this site: http://www.perrypedia.proc.org/wiki/Titelbildgalerie_der_britischen_Perry_Rhodan-Serie

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  8. Thanks for the update, Tacarnan. Yes, the site you reference does have all the books illustrated - they've nicked my scans to do it! It's especially obvious on the early titles with the wraparound covers.

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  9. PR 24 Infinity Flight for sure is signed: Right bottom corner between the falling substances in white color.

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