Original Artwork By Frank Kelly Freas (1922-2005) Used For The Inside And Outside Covers Of The Queen Album News Of The World 1977

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Original Artwork By Frank Kelly Freas (1922-2005) Used For The Inside And Outside Covers Of The Queen Album News Of The World
1977

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Original Artwork By Frank Kelly Freas (1922-2005) Used For The Inside And Outside Covers Of The Queen Album News Of The World
1977
comprising two acrylics on "Crescent / Illustration Board...No. 100," both with masking tape applied to the borders, not affecting the image, in original frames. The paintings are inspired by Freas' original artwork for the cover of the October 1953 (Vol. 52, No. 2) issue of Astounding Science Fiction magazine for a Tom Godwin story titled "The Gulf Between." One, which formed the front gatefold cover of News Of The World shows a kneeling giant robot holding the lifeless bodies of Queen band members Freddie Mercury and Brian May in one hand with John Deacon and Roger Taylor falling through the air below, having plucked them from a hole in a concrete and steel structure to the lower left corner. The painting is initialed by Freas to the robot's left hand. The 2nd painting which formed the inside gatefold for the album shows the same robot with his hand reaching through into the hole of the structure revealing a stadium full of screaming fans attempting to escape from his outstretched hand. The painting is signed "KELLY FREAS" to the lower left corner.

The artwork was purchased by the current owner directly from Kelly Freas at a show of his work at the 40th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) in Chicago, 1982.

Acclaimed artist Frank Kelly Freas (1922-2005) is considered to be one of the greatest ever Science Fiction illustrators. Known more commonly as Kelly Freas, his career spanned 5 decades during which he worked for many different publications, including Mad Magazine from 1957 to 1962, responsible for many of the publication's front covers during this period. Freas is the only artist to be awarded 10 Hugo awards and was only the 2nd ever artist to be inducted into the Science Fiction Hall Of Fame. Freas' Astounding Science Fiction cover which inspired this News Of The World artwork is considered by many to be his greatest Science Fiction work. Both 28 x 15 in.
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Original Artwork By Frank Kelly Freas (1922-2005) Used For The Inside And Outside Covers Of The Queen Album News Of The World 1977
Original Artwork By Frank Kelly Freas (1922-2005) Used For The Inside And Outside Covers Of The Queen Album News Of The World 1977
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