Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Gino D'Achille

Thanks to David Lake for sending this great tidbit in:

There are some images of his orginal artwork out there for the first three covers. The interesting thing, if you have the chance to put them all together, is Gino painted the covers so that each image would blend into the next one.
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Gino D'Achille was born in Rome in 1935. He studied at the art school The Liceo Artistico in Rome from the age of 13. At the age of 19 he enrolled in the University of Architecture in Rome while working at the same time in an advertising company producing film posters and illustrations. He then moved to Milan where he became a fulltime commercial artist. In 1964 he moved to London having been headhunted to illustrate David Kossof's Bible Stories, an extremely popular book which established his credentials as a top illustrator in England. He has also worked for animation companies in London, Germany and France.

He first came to the attention of American collectors with his paintings for the John Carter of Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, published by Ballantine Books in 1973. Gino has created over 100 cover paintings for science-fiction titles published by Daw Books, Ace, Ballantine and various other publishers. He is also well known for his series of Flashman cover paintings and for his paintings for western adventure stories and war stories, as well as romance novels and children's books.


  1. Bless you. I have been searching for these covers. They were the ones from the copies I read when I was a kid and I couldn't remember the artist's name or find the pictures.I Haven't seen these in years, Thanks for this site!


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