-By John Jude Palencar
I don’t know where I ran across the below link. Whether someone in the Muddycolors Group posted it or I stumbled upon it with dumb luck. But slowly I remebered these magazines from my early chilhood….. I eventually indentified the spaceships that I copied and redesigned as a 1st grader at Saint Michael’s Catholic School in Cleveland, Ohio.
My black crayon was always the first to go. The nuns thought I was possessed, being left handed ( I am now right-handed). Drawing deep space used a lot of black crayon. As any youngster back then, I was entralled with the space program and can remember the launches of the Mercury missions carrying Astronauts, John Glenn and Alan Shepard in low earth orbits.
I even had a model of the Mercury rocket complete with the launch pad.
Aside from the movies “Jason and the Argonauts”, “James Bond, 007 – Goldfinger”, the TV shows – “The Twilight Zone” & “The Outer Limits” these magazines fired my imagination when I was very young. The magazines seem innocent and speak to an era of exploration and fear. The Cuban Missle Crisis occured during my early years as well. Some editions are well before my time . I must have inherited some of them for my Uncle or other SciFi nerd.
So here, for your perusual, are the complete E-editions for you to explore. Maybe you’ll use all of your black crayons too : GALAXY SCIENCE FICTION @ Archive.org
John Jude Palencar is a rarity among modern artists, mixing meticulous technique reminiscent of the old masters with a soaring, darkly surreal imagination. There are touches of Bosch and Da Vinci in his visual allegories of netherworld landscapes and doomed characters.
For more than twenty-five years, he has created book covers and received honors for his contributions to the field of illustration including Gold and Silver Medals from the Society of Illustrators, two Gold Book Awards from Spectrum, and four Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA). Most recently John was presented the award for “Artistic Achievement” by ASFA at the World Fantasy Convention held in Yokohama, Japan.
His work has appeared on hundreds of book covers in over thirty countries for authors such as H. P. Lovecraft, Ursula LeGuin, Marion Zimmer Bradley, P.D. James, Charles deLint, David Brin and Stephen King. Recently, his cover paintings for Eragon and Eldest, by Christopher Paolini, have appeared on the New York Times Children’s Best Seller List. (Paolini named Eragon’s birthplace “Palancar Valley” after John.)
Time, Smithsonian, and National Geographic Magazine, and the Philadelphia Opera have employed his illustrative talents for their publications and productions. Palencar has also worked on entertainment projects for Lucas Arts, Paramount Pictures and Vivendi Universal.
He enjoys an on-going artist-in-residence program in County Kerry, Ireland, where his personal paintings were included in a special exhibit entitled, “Images of Ireland” held at the National Museum in Dublin.
He continues to create new work and has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions. Occasionally John is invited to lecture and serve as an artist-in-residence at colleges and universities across the country.
He resides in northeastern Ohio with his wife, Lee, and two sons, Ian and Kit.
The holy trifecta, Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, and Night Gallery. Loved the more scary twist of Night Gallery. And always made sure to have a box of crayons with a sharpener. Nice to hear from you John.
Thanks for the pictures and link! There's such a dazzling amount of intellectual and visual imagination on display in these covers!
I love Houston Rockets myself. Centaur, Atlas, Saturn. Friendship 7 and Apollo 11. Did you know that John Glenn is credited with coming up with the term, “Glitches”?