Here’s an image I found today while browsing around wikipedia. I couldn’t resist sharing it. The painting is by J. Allen St. John, and it was apparently made for a 1905 book titled The Face in the Pool, although I can’t find any trace of the fantasy novel online. Oh well. I doubt the book was as cool as the painting.
Previously I’d never heard of J. Allen St. John, so I did a little research and found out he was the cover artist for numerous books by Edgar Rice Burroughs, who gave the world both John Carter and Tarzan! Then, I checked my own bookshelf and found I own a Burroughs book with a J. Allen St. John cover. I’d share it hear if not for the gratuitous use of sideboob.
Sigh. I wish book covers and illustrations were still this cool. At least comics have elaborate covers.
Fans of Frank Frazetta should spend some time looking at the work of J. Allen St. John.