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Clearly, no one is sitting at the bottom of their showers crying over the fact that this list hasn't been updated since the end of August, but that's okay. I'm used to not having an impact on anyone. I'll still venture forth nonetheless.

And if you missed previous entries, here's some links to help you along the way:



Name: If
Issue: August/September 1970
Cover artist: Jack Gaughan
Reason it rocks: Much like the If that is #98 in my list, this one has a purposely incomplete feel to it. You can obviously make out a head, an astronaut’s helmet perhaps, but other than that, no idea what’s going on here. Love the red, love the usage of white space.



Name: Asimov’s Science Fiction
Issue: February 2009
Cover artist: Unknown
Reason it rocks: What, a recent issue of Asimov’s making the list? Sure, why not. The POV in this one is fantastic, and the slithering tentacle up the right side is slightly blurry, as if to suggest we’re seeing this through a lens. Eerie, but you can’t go wrong with spaceship green in my opinion.



Name: Weird Tales
Issue: July 1949
Cover artist: Matt Fox
Reason it rocks: I can’t really pinpoint why I love this cover so much, but I smirk every time I look at it. Including right now. And now. And now. And now…



Name: Flytrap
Issue: #2
Cover artist: Unknown
Reason it rocks: The “little zine with teeth” may have gone under after a number of issues, but this cover goes to show that, so long as there’s an interesting and pleasing image, something to grab attention, you need not worry about much else. No crazy backgrounds, just a weird hydra plant monster thing, and you’re good to go. Alas, the two issues after this went with boring scenery. Should of stuck with Tim Burton monsters.



Name: New Worlds
Issue: #200
Cover artist: Unknown
Reason it rocks: The photograph is a story, a story you’re supposed to unravel for yourself. Much like the two people on this teeter-totter, it can go either way.



Name: Talebones
Issue: #34
Cover artist: Unknown
Reason it rocks: Shrouded in darkness, the woman’s condition is uncertain. Is she dead? Is she burnt? Is she even a woman, maybe a synthetic doll? Her icy stare says, “Buy me and find out.” Well, I’m sure there was no answer inside the magazine’s pages, but still…point proven.



Name: SF Magazine
Issue: #1, 1971
Cover artist: Unknown
Reason it rocks: SF Magazine is a popular science fiction magazine in Japan. And with covers like this, it is clear why. Like a still from a Hayao Miyazaki film.



Name: Galaxy
Issue: April 1970
Cover artist: Jack Gaughan
Reason it rocks: Can I just say that I’m sad to only be now discovering Jack Gaughan’s work? I mean, look at this. It’s colorful, it’s bold, it’s playful—and it’s not at all a typical piece of cover art. But it works for me, on so many levels. The thick outline of the Silver Surfer guy really gives him the wipe of emerging from space into…wherever he is now. As the LOLcats say, “MOAR GAUGHAN PLZ.”



Name: Eternity Science Fiction
Issue: #4, 1975
Cover artist: Unknown
Reason it rocks: Here’s a magazine that didn’t last very long back in the early 1970s, but managed to get some big name contributors like Roger Zelazny and Orson Scott Card. Most of the covers failed to impress, but this one is worth ogling because it is not exactly clear what we’re looking at. Plus, as I’ve previously mentioned, spaceship greeeeeen.



Name: Not One of Us
Issue: #1, October 1986
Cover artist: Unknown
Reason it rocks: Nice use of negative space, and I totally didn’t catch the hand on my first glance. If a magazine cover makes you look twice, then it’s doing a great job. I’ve tried to find more covers from this magazine to look at, but their website is pretty bare bones. A shame, as I’d love to see how they’ve evolved from here.

I wonder how long it'll take me to finish this...I should hurry up because the covers I'm saving for the top ten are absolutely killer. We'll see...


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 14th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
I think it occured to me the other day but I assumed I had somehow missed the last posts.
Nov. 16th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
Nah, I just put this idea on the backburner for a bit, but I do plan to finish it.
Nov. 17th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
That IF is awesome. Nice pick.
Nov. 18th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
Jack Gaughan, woo!
Dec. 18th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Great stuff!!
Keep it up. LOVE what you're doing.

Shelby Vick
Dec. 21st, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Great stuff!!
Thank you!
Dec. 18th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
Great work -- can't wait for the next 50
I love the range of work that you choose -- interms of styles and magazines (from the large circulation familiars to the obscure and no longer in print). And your comments are funny and informative. So here's to the next 50; may they come before 2011!

Dec. 21st, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Great work -- can't wait for the next 50
Appreciate the comment! I have not given up on this task. :D
Dec. 23rd, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
Top 100 Spec covers
Love your selection, especially the Gaughan covers. Also looking forward to the rest. Btw, Gaughan has an artbook coming out some time soon. See:
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