Martian Chronicles

The Painting
The Cover

Somewhere back in the 60s, I think, the paperback publisher of Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles held a competition for the cover of an upcoming edition. I don't remember any details, but I did this painting after reading the stories, feeling that it captured something of what I thought the stories meant to me. I never submitted it, and I don't know now who won. Somebody like the Dillons, I'd guess--something less illustrative in style. No, the man's face is not that of Ray Bradbury, then or later! It was supposed to represent one of the characters, I believe. I'll have to re-read the book again to see if I can figure out who. (I've only just recently retrieved my book collection from storage; I'll be able to do that, now!) The cover image, with the title, is roughly how I imagine it might have appeared back then; the typeface might be fancied up some in a more recent edition.

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