The Fantastic Art of Rowena Morrill – horror art


The Fantastic Art of Rowena Morrill

Rowena Morrill is a sci-fi, fantasy, and horror artist whose illustrations graced the covers of paperbacks from the 1970’s till today. She was discovered by Ace Books, NY and created stunning book cover art for Lovecraft collections, illustrations for magazines; Heavy Metal, Omni and Playboy. She has several art books featuring her collected works including, The Fantastic Art of Rowena and Imagine. She continued illustrating sci-fi and fantasy for popular anthologies such as, Tomorrow and Beyond and Infinite Worlds. She received the British Fantasy _rowena_morrill_photo_of_rowenaAward in 1984 and after the fall of Saddam Hussein her original paintings, King Dragon and Shadows Out of Hell were found adorning the walls of his home. Here’s a look at some of her well-known work. Her use of vibrant color and glossy overtones makes her work stand out and instantly recognizable to her fans and fantasy art connoisseurs.

Gallery one: paperback cover art


Gallery 2: magazines and misc.


Dinosaurs in Sci-fi and fantasy art – part IV

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Dinosaurs in Sci-fi and fantasy art – part IV


Bud Root

Bud Root created the ever popular comic series, Cavewoman, appealing to young man’s fantasies across the US. He began his own company Basement Comics after being turned down for work repeatedly by Marvel. Today he continues to run Basement Comics and has gained much fame for his Cavewoman series.



Richard Corben

Is a well known illustrator whose work appears in Eerie, Creepy, Vampirella, and Heavy Metal Magazines, as well as others. His comic creation DEN was adapted for the Heavy Metal movie. Richard also does his own writing and coloring giving his work a distinct feel. He’s won numerous awards through the years. All of the stories and covers he did with Creepy and Eerie have been re-released in one volume by Dark Horse Comics.



Dan Morton

Dan became known for his work on the Tomb Tales horror comics by Cryptic Entertainment in the 1990’s. He is currently working on the Space 1958, retro sci-fi comic.



Misc. Here’s some miscellaneous Dino art I’ve come across by different artists…scroll over the art to see names.



One more post, then I’m going to take a break from the dinosaur fantasy art.

I’m going to restart the series with dinosaur illustrators and artists in the science and museums field.


Dinosaurs in Sci-fi and fantasy art – part III

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Dinosaurs in Sci-fi and fantasy art – part III

Dinosaurs, prehistoric beasts, cavemen and cavewomen are the subjects for my new series of art posts. There will also be an occasional giant monster.
This post includes work from Joe Jusko, Jamie Chase, and Bernie Wrightson
Joe Jusko
Joe sold his first cover art piece to Heavy Metal Magazine at age 18. He went on to illustrate covers and inside work for most major comic book companies, including Marvel and DC. He’s also known for his Edgar Rice Burroughs, Conan the Barbarian, and Vampirella trading cards. you can check out his work at:
Jamie Chase
Jamie is an American Artist living in New Mexico known for his abstract work that has been featured in many galleries and exhibitions. He recently turned his creative talents to dinosaurs, illustrating graphic adaptations of The Land That Time Forgot and At The Earth’s Core by Dark Horse Books. The adaptations feature Jamie’s art and story adaptation by Bobby Nash. The books are unique in the aspect that the illustrations are presented in fine art style rather than comic book art style.
Bernie Wrightson
Bernie (or early work seen as Berni) co-created The Swamp Thing, worked for DC, Marvel, National Lampoon and Warren. His work for Heavy Metal Magazine led to his character, Captain Sternn being animated for the Heavy Metal Movie. He illustrated the Comic Book adaptation for Stephen King’s Creepshow and illustrated King’s book, Cycle of the Werewolf. More of his work can be seen at:
 Naturally all of these artists do more than dinosaur and giant monster art. I hope you will seek out their work and check out their websites, books, publications, and prints.

Dinosaurs in Sci-fi and fantasy art – part I

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Dinosaurs in Sci-fi and fantasy art – part I

Dinosaurs, prehistoric beasts, cavemen and cave women are the subjects for my new series of art posts. There will also be an occasional giant monster.

Frank Frazetta

Frank Frazetta is a legendary artist who painted art and illustrations for hundreds if not thousands of fantasy items; sci-fi and fantasy book covers, Creepy, Eerie, and Vampirella magazine covers, Album covers and movie posters. His work brought to life the imagery of Robert E. Howard, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and more…Here is some of his prehistoric beast and dinosaur art.

J. Allen St. John

St. John was an illustrator and artist who did some wonderful artwork for the pulp magazines of the early 1900’s and work for pulp book cover art. He is one of the early pioneers of sci-fi fantasy art. His work has been featured on the covers of Amazing Stories, Weird Tales, Fantastic Adventures, Famous Fantastic Mysteries and more.

Jeff Jones

Jeff was a much sought after artist and illustrator in the 1960’s and 70’s painting cover art for Heavy Metal Magazine, National Lampoon and Dean Koontz novels among others. He has several books of his artwork collections to purchase for fans of his work.

More in Dinosaurs in Sci-fi and fantasy art – part II (coming soon)

War of the Worlds: Goliath (2012) – movie review

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War of the Worlds: Goliath (2012)

This animated film begins similar to the end of the movie and story we are most familiar with. Right before the Alien’ s succumb to the simple earth bacteria, a young boy watches helplessly as his parents are vaporized by a Martian tripod.

It is now, 1914, and the human race has built giant war machines to combat the Martians if they return. The world in the film is Steampunk driven, with that style of machinery, Zeppelins and dirigibles dotting the post Utopian sky. An elite world force of WOW Goliath coverrobot combat troops known as ARES scour the earth looking for alien landings and the rise of Martian tripods. They travel from battle to battle, trying to keep the world free from this constant invasion.

The climax takes place in New York City as the tripods land end-mass to overwhelm the ARES base. There is massive city destruction as the war machines engage the tripods for a showdown, battle royale! In the backdrop look for the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty (now bearing a sword instead of a torch) and the Chrysler Building.

Well made, technical weapons animated by highly detailed art provide movie quality visuals. There are airship dog-fights and robot battles on the ground that indulge in quite a bit of stylish action sometimes reminiscent of the cover-art of Heavy Metal Magazine come alive. The story is your basic good against evil. The young boy who saw his parents die, now grown up, is part of the ARES fighting force. He struggles to become the leader of his squadron, despite his affinity to freeze up under pressure.

Well worth it for those who like animated movies, anime’, machismo action and non-bloody violence. I’d say for the casual viewer, not enough story to hold your interest. It was almost all action. Good for kids eight and up.

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High action and beautifully drawn for animated movie fans and fans of anime.

I give it 3.0 alien twisting tentacles out of 5 for warrior robot vs. invading alien ship battles!

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Metal Hurlant Chronicles – series overview


Metal Hurlant Chronicles

I’ve been enjoying Metal Hurlant Chronicles, the recently added Twilight Zone-style series on SyFy Channel.

For those who don’t know, Metal Hurlant is the French magazine that became Heavy Metal Magazine when it crossed the river to the States. Metal Hurlant continued publishing in France along side Heavy Metal in the US, weaving stories of fantasy, science fiction, and weird tales, and capturing the imagination with their vibrant artwork depicting strange lands and people.

In 2012, a French-Belgian joint production team started the English speaking series, Metal Hurlant Chronicles, which would bring some of themetal hurlant chronicles poster magazine’s iconic stories to life. SyFy picked up the series and began airing episodes a month ago.

Metal Hurlant Chronicles is a Twilight Zone-styled anthology show with each episode self-contained, mostly in the fantasy/sci-fi genre. The only link between episodes is an asteroid, known as Metal Hurlant, which sweeps through space past different planets, universes, and eons, to bring the viewer to each current story. It is shown in the opening theme/credits and casually appears at random in the background, during a scene in the episode. I’ve been amused looking for it in each story. (kinda’ like where’s Waldo)

In “The Endomorphe“ a boy is thought to be the savior of a defeated race overrun by a dark warring force. A small group of soldiers must usher him to the center of the invaders world. There he will fulfill his destiny and save his people, but all is not as it seems. In “Whiskey in a Jar” a sheriff in a small western town is visited by a doctor that seems to be able to save the bad guys lives‘ no matter how bad they’ve been shot-up. The most recent episode I watched featured, Rutger Hauer as an entity who sends his warrior to kill a being he calls, the dragon. When the warrior gets there, he finds only a small boy and can’t carry out his mission. There is a nice twist to this story which I won’t spoil for those who may watch it (it’s On Demand for those with cable).

Metal Hurlant Chronicles airs Monday nights on SyFy Channel.
If you’re not convinced, just check out the trailer!

reccomended if you like, The Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Amazing Stories,  etc.


Horror Art – Heavy Metal Magazine – cover art

Heavy Metal Magazine cover art

Heavy Metal Magazine, the adult-themed illustrated publication started in 1977.  It became very successful and continues to this day. It is full-color inside and out and features illustrated dark sci-fi and fantasy, combined with some light erotica. Its name has nothing to do with the music style. Gracing the covers you can find fantastic artwork from famous artists like, Giger, Frazetta, Boris, Rowena, and Royo.

OK, this is the final post in this series. Hope you all enjoyed it. It was enjoyable to me, to revisit some of the underground literature, pulp, magazines and comics that I grew up with.

Just a quick question, if you don’t mind. I set this one up as a Gallery. Do you prefer the single pics layout or the Gallery layout?