Astounding Science Fiction


September 1954


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New York: Street and Smith Publications


The green Martian on the cover of this September 1954 issue of Astounding magazine looks eerily like the artist who drew it, Frank Kelly Freas (1922-2005). Freas enjoyed a fifty year career in SF illustration, producing work for Weird Tales, Planet Stories, Astounding/Analog and MAD magazines; countless paperback covers; the patch for the NASA Skylab program in 1973; the cover of the band Queen’s 1977 album, News of the World; and even a werewolf’s portrait which appeared in the movie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2005). Described as the ‘Dean of Science Fiction Artists’, Freas won the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist ten times. Upon his death in 2005, his memorial service was held at the Church of Scientology’s Celebrity Centre in Hollywood.


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Editor (John W. Campbell), “Astounding Science Fiction,” | OUR Heritage, accessed April 21, 2024,