Classic 1960s Pulp Cover Art Is A Collection Of Self-Portraits

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This cover art for Andre Norton's Three Against The Witch World crackles with eldritch insanity - and that's before you realize that artist Harry Borgman used himself and his wife as the models.

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A number of great present-day cover artists are blogging now, but Borgman may be the first classic 1960s pulp cover artist to start a blog. He talks a lot about the process of painting his book covers, which frequently used himself as a model. I love the fact that he admits he didn't read most of these books at the time, and says things like, "I have no idea what these glowing round things are, but they were done with an airbrush." I bet Philip K. Dick wouldn't have minded.

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Borgman only did a handful of science fiction book covers, but he also did a lot of weird comic-book art and commercial projects, including this great "Plastics" ad, and the slightly abstract astronaut drawing. [Harry Borgman Art]

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Chip Overclock®

The pen-and-ink Gemini-era space-walking astronaut immediately fired a neuron in one of the dark ancient caverns of my mind that I haven't been in in a long time.

Anyone remember where it's from?

I'm sure The Glory Hole Saloon in nearby Central City was fully aware of the multiple meanings of their name. Colorado is also home of the "original" Hard Rock Cafe, which has nothing to do with Rock 'n' Roll and everything to do with a Big Rock.