The Cover Art Of Richard Powers (Part Two)

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 Art Of Richard Powers by Jane Frank

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

09 Leiber Powers Pail Of Air

The Aluminum Man by G.C. Edmondson
1975 – Berkley Medallion

10 Edmondson Powers Aluminum Man

Hell’s Pavement by Damon Knight
1958 – Banner Books

11 Knight Hell's Pavement

They Walked Like Men by Clifford D.Simak
1967 – McFadden Books

12 Simak Powers Walked Like Men

Imagination Unlimited edited by F. Bleilber &  T. E. Dikty
1964 – Mayflower-Dell

14 Powers Imagination Unlimited

Impact-20 by William F.Nolan
1966 – Paperback Library

13 Nolan Powers Impact-20

Creatures Of The Abyss by Murray Leinster
1961 – Berkley Medallion

15 Leinster Powers Creatures Of The Abyss

Way Out edited by Ivan Howard
1963 – Belmont

16 Powers Anthology Way Out


21 thoughts on “The Cover Art Of Richard Powers (Part Two)

  1. Bernie 28/06/2014 / 10:09 am

    Another lovely set of covers, most I’ve never even seen, let alone had in my own collection, I’m so jealous 🙂


    • unsubscriber 28/06/2014 / 10:10 am

      Thanks Bernie, glad you enjoyed them. I’ll have more Powers covers coming up as part of other themes over the next few months so stay tuned and keep your eyes peeled.


  2. Lestaret 29/06/2014 / 8:52 pm

    Creatures of the Abyss is excellent. Pretty timeless too. Lovely stuff as always.


    • unsubscriber 29/06/2014 / 8:54 pm

      Many thanks Mr Lestaret, glad you enjoyed the covers.


  3. franzwesten 01/07/2014 / 6:39 am

    Richard Powers was wonderful. I think my fave is his Silver Eggheads cover, always makes me smile …


    • unsubscriber 01/07/2014 / 9:11 am

      He was indeed wonderful, I don’t have a Powers cover on my copy of Silver Eggheads so I’ll have to check that. Thanks for the comment.


      • unsubscriber 01/07/2014 / 9:19 am

        Excellent cover, the chap also looks a little like Jack Nicholson! I have the Four Square version on this one.


      • franzwesten 01/07/2014 / 10:02 am

        He did a brilliant expressive cover for Gather Darkness too, my only disappointment was his cover for Our Lady of Darkness (I did a comparison of the various covers on my blog) and I just didn’t feel the cover worked at all.

        he also did a great cover for Day of the Triffids, which though not full of detail, works so so well.


      • unsubscriber 01/07/2014 / 10:07 am

        I’ll have to check those out on your blog, he was very prolific in the 60s and early 70s. He’s definitely my favourite SF cover illustrator and I try to pick up everything I see with a Powers cover for my collection. Thanks again for commenting, look forward to chatting to you again soon I hope.


  4. franzwesten 01/07/2014 / 10:08 am

    well I am having a thorough rummage through yours at the moment! Fascinating!


    • unsubscriber 01/07/2014 / 10:11 am

      Thanks for the kind words.


  5. franzwesten 03/07/2014 / 8:06 pm

    I have ordered a copy of the art book, I could not resist


    • unsubscriber 03/07/2014 / 8:09 pm

      You won’t be disappointed, it’s a great read and is full of brilliant paintings. Glad to hear you decided to pick up a copy.


      • franzwesten 03/07/2014 / 8:10 pm

        Gets worse, the miller book is in my cross hairs…


      • unsubscriber 03/07/2014 / 8:12 pm

        That’s a damn fine book too, I had to nab that a few weeks ago after seeing my friend’s copy.


      • unsubscriber 03/07/2014 / 8:18 pm

        Sounds like you have a list there my friend, maybe you should just get them all and be done.


  6. Bernie 04/07/2014 / 11:46 am

    I wish you two would just stop with the art books 🙂 I have no space here on my boat and in fact will be listing some for sale when I get to them, but reading these comments all that’s going through my mind is “I want, I want” !! 🙂


    • unsubscriber 04/07/2014 / 1:12 pm

      Hmm… me too Bernie. I love me a good art book.


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