Spawn of Doom

Artist:Lloyd Birmingham
Date:1961
Medium:Gouache on Illustration Board
Dimensions:Sight Size 11" x 15 1/2" Framed 18 3/4" x 23 1/2"
Condition:Good
Original Use:Cover for Fantastic Stories of Imagination - December 1961
Price:Sold
Full view of cover painting

Full view of cover painting

The artist's signature lower right

The artist's signature lower right

The artwork as it appeared as the cover for Fantastic - December 1961

The artwork as it appeared as the cover for Fantastic - December 1961

This original gouache pulp magazine cover painting by Lloyd Birmingham used for the December 1961 issue of Fantastic Stories of Imagination illustrates the Daniel Galouye short novel "Spawn of Doom." The image features an alien astronaut breaking into a museum window to stop a sentient spore-based life form from taking over planet earth and destroying the human race. The notion of the private war taking place under the nose of unsuspecting society was a popular science fiction trope during the Cold War, as it allowed writers to create detailed and terrifying metaphors for the fight between freedom and fascism which threatened the planet with annihilation on a daily basis.

Framed and matted behind glass in limed oak retro design fine gallery frame

Framed and matted behind glass in limed oak retro design fine gallery frame

Above: Verso view befrore framing
Above: View of whole board prior to framing

This fresh to the market cover published pulp painting had remained for decades in the artists upstate New York estate. A rare surviving work that is handsomely framed in a retro looking limed oak fine gallery frame behind glass, comes with the complete published December 1961 edition of Fantastic Stories of Imagination.

Lloyd Birmingham was trained in painting and illustration at the Parsons School of Design and the School of Art Studies in New York. He worked in tempera and gouache on illustration board and was prolific creating covers for many of the Ziff-Davis pulp titles during the 1950s - 60s.



 

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