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message 1: by Rena (new)

Rena (angelofsin) I have a serious love for vintage sci fi cover art.

The worse the better!

Anyone else have this obsession?


message 2: by Leonie (new)

Leonie (leonierogers) | 97 comments I wouldn't call it an obsession, but I do appreciate some of the vintage cover art. I'm always slightly startled at what publishers thought should be on the front of the book - even if it bore absolutely no relationship to the story inside the cover.


message 3: by Rena (new)

Rena (angelofsin) Right?! There's some amazing covers out there but some are just amazingly bad.


message 5: by Richard (new)

Richard (thinkingbluecountingtwo) | 233 comments Rena wrote: "I have a serious love for vintage sci fi cover art.

The worse the better!

Anyone else have this obsession?"


You don't get much worse than these:

GoodShowSir

The occasional comments are always good for a giggle.


message 6: by Rena (new)

Rena (angelofsin) Richard, I love that site. Thanks for sharing! Lol.


message 7: by Micah (new)

Micah Sisk (micahrsisk) | 265 comments I've had this fantasy that one day my books would sell enough that I could afford to have alternative editions done with vintage-style SF covers.

Love them! I like the old hand-tinted postcards from the 30s and 40s as well, along with the amazing magazine covers to Popular Science and the like from the same time periods.


message 8: by Scott (new)

Scott I've been buying a lot of vintage paperbacks recently based solely on the fact that they have cover art by Frank Frazetta or Jeff Jones.

But yeah, the bad ones have a weird kind of charm.


message 9: by Rena (new)

Rena (angelofsin) I have a few that have beautiful covers, but something about those bad ones get me =)

I'm the same way with horror movies.


message 10: by Lee (new)

Lee Hawke (leeshawke) | 8 comments Definitely agree! Vintage sci-fi cover art, and also vintage fantasy cover art... it's hard for me to see them these days without breaking out into a big cheesy smile.

I think the bad ones definitely outnumbered the gems.


message 11: by Rena (new)

Rena (angelofsin) Lee, I'm so glad I'm not the only one. Some are pretty damn amazing. I love my God Hates Kansas book 90% because of the cover.


message 12: by Laz (new)

Laz the Sailor (laz7) Mark - what's the story behind the John Carter movie poster with Heston, Brynner, and Loren?

Michael Whelan does the best covers ever! I have met him and am proud to own a couple of cover originals.

Frazetta and Royo and Boris do their genre oh so well.


message 13: by mark, personal space invader (new)

mark monday (majestic-plural) | 1275 comments Mod
Laz wrote: "Mark - what's the story behind the John Carter movie poster with Heston, Brynner, and Loren?..."

not sure what you are referring to - is it on one of the sites that I linked to?


message 14: by Laz (new)

Laz the Sailor (laz7) mark wrote: "not sure what you are referring to - is it on one of the sites that I linked to?"

This one, http://retrosci-fi.tumblr.com/




message 15: by mark, personal space invader (new)

mark monday (majestic-plural) | 1275 comments Mod
oh my God. that's a movie?? it must be a fake. if not, I need to find that movie right now.


message 16: by Mickey (new)

Mickey | 604 comments John Carter is a movie and a strange on at that.
As for art, I do not own any, however I do like Paul Lehr.


message 17: by Laz (new)

Laz the Sailor (laz7) (Charlton Heston) unable to use his real name, John (Charles) Carter as an actor because it bore too close a resemblance to the name of the hero in Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel "Princess of Mars." (IMDB)


message 18: by Mickey (new)

Mickey | 604 comments Oh, I am thinking of the 2012 version of John Carter.
Did not know there was an older version of the movie.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_...


message 19: by Laz (new)

Laz the Sailor (laz7) Mickey wrote: "Oh, I am thinking of the 2012 version of John Carter.
Did not know there was an older version of the movie.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_..."


I don't think the earlier one is/was real...


message 20: by Mickey (last edited Feb 01, 2015 02:16PM) (new)

Mickey | 604 comments Then I was confused by the art work poster with Charlston Heston and Sofia Loren then.
Cool then I did not miss anything.


message 21: by Phil (new)

Phil Jensen | 116 comments I bought this one because the cover was just so rad:
The Secret People by John Wyndham
I couldn't walk away.


message 22: by [deleted user] (new)

HELL YEAH! Sometimes I browse websites with vintage sci-fi cover the whole night through.


message 23: by Rena (new)

Rena (angelofsin) I totally understand that lol. I have a good mix if the bad and the beautiful cover art. My vintage collection is over 100 strong.


message 24: by LindaJ^ (new)

LindaJ^ (lindajs) | 260 comments Phil wrote: "I bought this one because the cover was just so rad:
The Secret People by John Wyndham
I couldn't walk away."


That's a great cover!


message 25: by Stuart (new)

Stuart Ridgway I have some great reference books on scifi art. Will dig a few samples out. I like finding covers that have been reused for different stories/authors. I'll stick an example I have up when I'm back on my desktop.


message 26: by Rena (new)

Rena (angelofsin) Can't wait to see them.


message 27: by Micah (new)

Micah Sisk (micahrsisk) | 265 comments Just wish I could find someone who does convincing old school vintage SF style art for book covers. So far I've found nothing but poor imitations. :(


message 28: by [deleted user] (new)

@Stuart: Sounds great!!! Thank you!


message 29: by [deleted user] (new)

@Mica: yeah. But I also think it is a mix of different things. Especially the typography.
And also a specific blurryness on it. Because back then it was not added digitally.


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