The Cover Art Of Richard Powers (Part One)

A few months ago I bought a very interesting large format book dedicated to the life and art of Mr Richard Powers by Jane Frank. The volume is titled The Art Of Richard Powers and is published by Paper Tiger, it’s well worth tracking down a copy which is still readily available;

The Art Of Richard Powers by Jane Frank

Within the pages are over a hundred of this great man’s surreal and visionary paintings, some of which have decorated SF books for over forty years. He was a towering giant in the world of science fiction cover artists, Salvador Dali and Yves tanguy rolled into one. I’ve always loved his work and look out for Powers covers whenever possible but they can be tricky to find due to his popularity amongst collectors.

Here are a eight such covers where a vision of the future is created by an imagination which has soaked up all around it to serve up a hypnotic, psychedelic brew full of bright colours, impossible geometry, beautiful curves and dreamlike happenings. I will follow up this article next week with a further eight covers.

The Stars, Like Dust by Isaac Asimov
1958 – Panther

01 Asimov Powers The Stars Like Dust

Robots And Changelings by Lester Del Rey
1957 – Ballantine Books

02 Del Rey Powers Robots & Changelings

Inside by Dan Morgan
1974 – Berkley Medallion

03 Morgan Powers Inside

The Time Dissolver by Jerry Sohl
1957 – Avon

04 Sohl Powers Time Dissolver

A Mile Beyond The Moon By C. M. Kornbluth
1962 – Macfadden

05 Kornbluth A Mile Beyond The Moon

The 6 Fingers Of Time (anthology)
1965 – McFadden Books

06 Powers Anthology The 6 Fingers Of Time

War With The Gizmos by Murray Leinster
1958 – Fawcett Gold Medal

07 Leinster Powers War With The Gizmos

No Room For Man by Gordon R. Dickson
1966 – Macfadden Books

08 Dickson No Room For Man


7 thoughts on “The Cover Art Of Richard Powers (Part One)

  1. Bernie 21/06/2014 / 9:35 am

    I’ve been looking forward to this since you said it was coming!! I love it, and am now looking forward to part 2 🙂


    • unsubscriber 21/06/2014 / 9:36 am

      Thanks Bernie, glad to hear you enjoyed the covers. Part Two will be published next weekend.


  2. Joachim Boaz 21/06/2014 / 2:49 pm

    My favorite! I would LOVE a copy… I should procure one.


    • unsubscriber 21/06/2014 / 3:48 pm

      Which book Joachim? I think most of these were lucky eBay finds, I’ve had another one arrive this morning actually;


      • Joachim Boaz 21/06/2014 / 3:50 pm

        The Jane Frank collection of his art.


  3. unsubscriber 21/06/2014 / 3:56 pm

    It’s a good book, I got mine from Amazon. Some great full colour illustrations and an almost complete listing of his book covers at the back too. You should definitely grab one Joachim.


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