SFSignal (go there) covered my top 35 magazine covers list and then complained mentioned that they were surprised I had not included Kelly Freas’ Astounding cover – the same one that was re-worked as a Queen album cover (the Giant Robot holding a Dead Human that had been poked to death thing).
Kelly was one of the greats. Fans who had custom Freas ID badges should consider themselves lucky (jealous!).
However, the point and subject of my list were Volume 1 Number 1 magazine covers, not all SF&F magazine covers.
I’ve only found three Freas first covers from among those first issues (at least I believe they are all Freas illustrations: checked as best I could at this point). If you visit the website you’ll see that the definition of ‘firsts’ includes both re-issues and foreign editions, which is what gets the Planet Stories and Future SF mags on the list to begin with. The only ‘true’ V1N1 cover by Freas (as far as I can tell at this point) is the Odyssey cover. Probably because there were very few folks who could afford Kelly until after they’d been around for a while, which in itself is a kind of tribute to the artist. Here’s the covers -
They’re all cool covers: I almost included the UK Future edition in the Top 35, but then something else pushed it out.