Analog Cover Gallery



A treasure trove...

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  1. It is interesting to see the apparent evolution of the images, themes and archetypes over time. I'd like to subject you to some of my impressions of the covers that I both likes, and think I understand - arbitrarily ignoring most "Buck Rogers" stuff.

    May 1930: "The Atom Smasher" (fanciful illustration)

    Jan 1931: even robots must wear loincloths, apparently

    Nov 1933: "Beyond the Sphinx's Cave" (possible wise overlords)

    Jan 1935: "Star Ship Invincible" (possible 4th dimension stuff)

    Apr 1934: "The EinStein ExpreSS" (curious choice of font - incorporating the Nazi SS logo?)

    May 1935: "Earth's Mausoleum" (monument on dark side of the moon)

    Aug 1935: Spherical spacecraft with flashing lights & rows of portholes

    Dec 1935: monster from the id (foreshadowing Forbidden Planet maybe)

    May 1936: shimmering, ellipsoid UFO, long side vertical (unusual for this time)

    Oct 1936: "Godson of Almarlu" (ancient alien? hilariously wrong Saturn in background)

    May 1937: examination table; naked human; large-eyed alien scientists...

    Nov 1937: underground base beneath Yellowstone (the geysers are really smokestacks?)

    May 1938: alien Venus on the half shell; not sure if evil

    May 1940: it's the Battle of Los Angeles, two years early! Kinda.

    Jul 1940: "Crisis in Utopia" (it's Atlantis)

    Jan 1941: Colossus is angry - or perhaps misunderstood, it's hard to say

    Jul 1942: "United we Stand" (special war issue)

    Aug 1942: "Waldo" (by Robt Heinlein, under the pseudonym Anson MacDonald)

    May 1943: giant "Nordic" aliens, tiny humans. Again, not sure if evil

    Nov 1943: giant cathode ray (TV set) used as a weapon. No tube needed in space!

    Apr 1944: "The Changeling" (multiple personalities?)

    May 1944: giant airship; the name is "MAYWINE QUEEN" - or is that "HAYWIRE QUEEN" (evil of technology?)

    Nov 1944: "Killdozer" (looks like a Pacific island battle to me. If so it's the only WWII image seen)

    (The tone seems to change around this time - there's an obsession with all things atomic)

    May 1945: "First Contact" (foo fighter?)

    Jun 1945: "Pandora's Millions" (starting to think about the evil unleashed in the world?)

    Jul 1945: "Guns or Lives?" (Cover is war photography, a first. No idea what this means. Justification of WMDs?)

    Feb 1946: salvaging crashed UFO, decorated with a hammer and sickle! (applied by the new owner, or...?)

    May 1946: "The Nightmare" (looks like an A-bomb destroying Liberty)

    Jun 1946: spherical UFOs with portholes, arriving in our dimension via weather anomalies...

    Sep 1946: "The Toymaker" (post nuclear holocaust, the ancient ones look on in dismay)

    Oct 1946: post nuclear holocaust, zombies roam the streets

    Nov 1946: "Mewhu's Jet" by Theodore Sturgeon (apparent wise and ancient overlord)

    Jan 1947: some evil Manchu is playing nuclear chess

    Feb 1947: "Atomic Power Plant" (no doubt saying "fear not, the atom is also beneficial to mankind")

    Apr 1947: "Home of the Gods" (overlords arrive, post nuclear holocaust)

    Jul 1947: Dr Evil's secret hideout?

    Aug 1947: "The End Is Not Yet" by L. Ron H. (commie traitor destroys US city; ghost seeks revenge)

    Sep 1947: godlike being ascends to the stars, or possibly comes to Earth

    Dec 1947: another scene post nuclear holocaust - it's the new yellow peril I guess

    Feb 1948: godlike being creates (?) atomic power

    May 1948: thanks to the atom, Man rises from primitive Romulan to modern, wired transhuman

    (to be continued)

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  2. Jun 1948: conspiracies, code breakers, sabotage

    Aug 1948: atom as key to the universe

    Sep 1948: Holy crap - it's the mothership over Devil's Tower!

    Dec 1948: post technological paradise?

    Feb 1949: "back human being - you were not meant for space!"

    Jun 1949: the Moon is artificial? not sure

    Jul 1949: "Brookhaven Atomic Pile" (science fact - the future is now)

    Sep 1949: War on drugs?

    Oct 1949: godlike being creates (?) atomic power (what, again?)

    Mar 1950: hybrid alien girl holding flower, with "atom", sphinx and something else I can't make out

    May 1950: "Dianetics"

    Jun 1950: "Incommunicado" by Katherine MacLean (first female author's name)

    Jul 1950: fake moon landing

    Sep 1950: effete aliens overlords plotting our doom

    Nov 1950: "Choice" (ghostly/spiritual human with mushroom cloud. I like it)

    Jan 1951: "Achievement" (humans transfigured by the atom, possibly post nuclear holocaust)

    Apr 1951: "Temple Trouble" (it's da bishop!)

    May 1951: spaceship, slide rule, vacuum tubes & an open mind.

    Jun 1951: "And then there were None" (alien apocalypse)

    Jul 1951: "The End of the Line" (alien apocalypse)

    Aug 1951: Nordic with metal headband; assume benevolent overlord

    Sep 1951: "Day of the Moron" (nuclear conflagration)

    Feb 1952: flying trickster hobo - yes!

    Jul 1952: Earth, as scepter, in a coffin; spaceship approaches (or leaves)

    Jan 1953: "Un-man" (Raelians)

    Jul 1953: "Enough Rope" (evil Ferengi type)

    Sep 1953: "What Thin Partitions" (hand & bottle - LSD?)

    Oct 1953: used as Queen "News of the World" album cover

    Dec 1953: "Hide! Hide! Witch!" (persecuted scientist. Not mad, and no goatee)

    Apr 1954: "Fighting Philosopher" (spirit of Terence McKenna in its fierce aspect)

    Jun 1954: "Question and Answer" (priest on trial)

    Jul 1954: "Inappropriate" (beefcake)

    Aug 1954: the queen's a lizard

    Sep 1954: trickster Martian (little green man)

    Feb 1955: Abe Vigoda in sun bonnet, with dagger...?

    (The tone has changed again. Tricksters are commonplace. Still no gray aliens or saucers.)

    Oct 1955: "Follow Me" (Trackless desert. Long-dead human. Robot looks down forlornly. Who lead who astray?)

    Dec 1955: Cheesecake. Formerly commonplace, very rare now.

    Apr 1956: Manipulative old world elites.

    Jul 1956: HAARP, with Eiffel tower.

    Aug 1956: "The Healer" Large-eyed alien empath.

    Sep 1956: Throwback to WWII propaganda posters. Things are going backwards generally.

    Oct 1957: "Thinking Machine" ("system failure")

    (1958-1961: unless noted, pure swashbuckle. All serious thought has fled)

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  3. Jun 1959: nice image of a portal

    Sep 1959: Henry VII type behind a desk at the FBI

    Apr 1960: vanishing trickster

    Mar 1961: WTF! Assassin totes rifle wrapped in newspapers. Background: "The Rights of Man"

    May 1961: Insectoid morphs to human.

    Jul 1961: "Heavy Industry 1995" (asteroid mining)

    Dec 1961: "Black Man's Burden - A Novel of Africa Tomorrow"

    Feb 1962: "The Great Gray Plague" (nanotech?)

    Sep 1962: space colony

    (mostly "hard" science covers, less adventure)

    Jun 1963: space shuttle repairs satellite

    Jul 1963: "The Ethical Engineer" (image: post industrial tech)

    Aug 1963: "The Hate Disease" (civil rights theme, no doubt)

    Oct 1963: ring-type space station

    Dec 1963: "Dune World" by Frank Herbert

    Feb 1964: sand crawler from "Dune"

    Jul 1964: "Sleeping Planet" (don't let your guard down, the commies never rest)

    Sep 1964: time traveler (?) Nostradamus (?) at home, with wall mounted telephone

    Mar 1965: Sandworm ("Dune" continues)

    Apr 1965: "Goblin Night" (first paranormal theme since 1960:)

    Jun 1965: photo: "Hydrogen Fusion Reactor"

    Jul 1965: Jar-Jar, kind of

    Oct 1965: intelligent, benevolent octopi. Still no grays.

    Jun 1966: "The Ancient Gods" by Poul Anderson

    Jul 1966: "The Message" (wizened old alien bearing gifts; possible Gray precursor)

    (Back to mostly pulp themes)

    Mar 1968: "The Alien Rulers" effete gray alien, except he's blue

    Jul 1968: SR-71 Blackbird(ish) in WW I

    Jan 1971: tiny women in a glass cube with obligatory evil scientist.

    (Quite few underwater themed covers - post Shag Harbor I guess)

    Nov 1972: "Cemetery World" (Earth as prison planet, mostly dead. The lucky ones have left. Chilling.)

    Jan 1963: Man in tank, wired up ala "Matrix". Robot watches over.

    Apr 1973: Earthquake weapons

    Jul 1973: "A Bridle for Pegasus" (beautiful horsewoman of the Apocalypse)

    Nov 1973: Star Wars cantina?

    Jan 1974: "The Horus Errand" (future, or super-ancient, Egyptians?)

    May 1974: A person of color appears. Where have they been all this time?

    Jun 1974: "Stargate" (as seen in "Cowboy Bebop" etc)

    Sep 1974: Leprechaun in a Bigfoot mobile suit

    Oct 1974: "Special Velikovsky [debunking] Issue"

    Nov 1974: "The Indian Giver" (people still said that in 1974:? I hope it was used ironically)

    Mar 1975: Alien ship attacks White House with weather weapon (see also Jun 1946:)

    Jun 1975: "Doorways in the Sand" (underground bases?)

    Jul 1975: Eeewoks, not as "cute" though

    Aug 1975: Aurora space plane, or a premonition thereof

    Sep 1975: "Rendezvous [with a comet] in 1985:" by Richard Hoagland (pre Mars face brouhaha)

    Nov 1975: C-3PO, not as "cute" though

    Sep 1976: "Weather War"

    Apr 1977: Black triangle gunship

    Nov 1977: "Home computers"

    Jul 1978: "Terraforming Earth"

    Aug 1978: "Recombinant DNA Experiments"

    Sep 1978: psychedelic

    Aug 1979: "The Landed Interests" (landed - get it?)

    Oct 1979: huge flying black ...rectangle

    Mar 1980: ...finally, a saucer; flat on bottom, round on top. Except it's a human future city.

    ...I'll stop now...that's 50 years in one night for me

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