A to Z Challenge: Ralph McQuarrie

The A to Z Challenge is a meme posting every day (except Sundays) in April. Check out the list of 2000+ participants and follow along for 26 days (and 26 letters) of fun. The 2-letter code after each blog name may help narrow your choices - (BO) is Books, (WR) is Writing, (PH) is Photography . . . and, if you're concerned about those NSFW pages, (AC) is Adult Content.

For my theme, I thought I'd do something I generally try very hard not to do, and that is judge a book by its cover. Yes, this year my A to Z Challenge is all about the cover artists who give the books we know and love so much damn shelf appeal.

Continuing through the alphabet, we have . . . well, I couldn't find a 'Q' author, so I'm cheating a bit with Ralph Mc'Q'uarrie, right-hand man to George Lucas, and the man behind the classic covers below:

Although best known as a conceptual artist on everything from Star Trek to the original Battlestar Galactica, and as the man who shaped the look of Star Wars, McQuarrie was also a prolific cover artist during the 70s and 80s.


  1. Simplistic. There's something about artwork from the 70's that has a very simple and distinctive appearance.

  2. Here are all of McQuarrie's Ballantine/Del Rey book covers: http://barebonesez.blogspot.com/2010/11/ballantinedel-rey-paperback-covers-of.html


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