Last week I wrote about buying a large format book dedicated to the life and art of Mr Richard Powers by Jane Frank. Its title is The Art Of Richard Powers and is published by Paper Tiger, it’s definitely worth grabbing a copy from Amazon or another online retailer;
The book contains hundreds of fantastically surreal paintings, some of which have appeared on the covers of science fiction books. His work spans over forty years, I have Richard Powers covers going back to the mid 1950s and on into the 70s but he continued to work until his death in 1996.
In the first part of this article I called Powers a visionary and likened him to artists such as Salvador Dali and Yves Tanguy, this is no overestimation of his artistic skills which were truly great. His work graces many hundreds of book covers all of which are still highly prized by collectors all over the world.
I have chosen another eight of my personal favourite Powers covers here although keep your eyes open, I have many others which will probably find their way in to other articles from time to time.
A Pail Of Air by Fritz Leiber
1964 – Ballantine Books
The Aluminum Man by G.C. Edmondson
1975 – Berkley Medallion
Hell’s Pavement by Damon Knight
1958 – Banner Books
They Walked Like Men by Clifford D.Simak
1967 – McFadden Books
Imagination Unlimited edited by F. Bleilber & T. E. Dikty
1964 – Mayflower-Dell
Impact-20 by William F.Nolan
1966 – Paperback Library
Creatures Of The Abyss by Murray Leinster
1961 – Berkley Medallion
Way Out edited by Ivan Howard
1963 – Belmont