American Illustrations


29 pioneering artists: 80 years of published science fiction


These science fiction, adventure and fantasy illustrations appeared on the covers of timeless novels such as the Tarzan series by Edgar Rice Burroughs and classic pulp magazines from the 1930s through 1960s, such as Amazing Stories, Weird Tales, Fantastic Adventures, and Wonder Stories. Cover artwork for hardcover and paperback books by Robert E. Howard, L. Ron Hubbard, and Robert Heinlein among other authors are also featured.

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A Rose for Ecclesiastes

Hannes Bok (1914-1964) 1963 Gouache on illustration board 11 x 16" A.2.1 Originally appeared as wrap around cover of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction for "A Rose for Ecclesiastes" written by Roger Zelazny. "Got carried away and designed it as if it were 11 x 16 feet, instead of inches. If it comes over as expected, it'll be a riot of reds and blue-greens, be as enamel-surfaced as a Dali original" -H. Bok

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