We’ve all seen it – the dreaded fantasy cover that looks like…well…an explosion in a confetti shop with humanoid forms in the background. The story behind that cover can be anything – from hard-core military sci-fi to a fairy-tale. What that story does not include, however, are fireworks, half-naked ladies and buff barbarians. But the cover is still there.
The tacky and the funny. First chainmail bikinis and unnaturally buff guys graced paperback covers somewhere in the 50s, becoming more popular by the decade. Simultaneously, in the East, the situation was similar – popular sci-fi journals in the Eastern Block took inspiration from Italian and Soviet futurism and added a tacky note to it.
A lot of sci-fi and fantasy came from cheap journals that became a milieu for experimentation. On the one hand, new artists could…
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