Sunday, January 16, 2011

Charles Binger - and a Colonial update

A California gallery is currently exhibiting work by the late Charles Binger, the first time in 45 years that his works have been on display. Binger was a British-born painter, and did some of his best work as cover art for paperback books in the 1950s and 1960s, including covers for books by Bradbury and Aldous Huxley.

On the left is his cover design for the first paperback edition of The Illustrated Man (Bantam, 1954).

For a selection of his science-fictional paperback covers, see this listing on the ISFDB website.

There is a biography of Binger here, and an online gallery of his works - with details of the physical exhibition - at the website of La Luz de Jesus, here.

According to Jerry Robbins' Facebook page, recordings are underway for Colonial Radio Theatre's production of The Martian Chronicles. This is the latest in a string of Bradbury productions from Colonial; previous dramatisations have been very good and picked up a few awards. I have my fingers crossed for this one, due for release later this year.

On the left is the poster/CD artwork - click on it to see full-size. You can follow developments at Colonial on Jerry's Colonial blog.

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