Materials from the archive of artist Jack Gaughan, a member of the Museum of Pop Culture's Science Fiction + Fantasy Hall of Fame, have been added to Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction at MoPOP.
The work on display inside the exhibition from Gaughan, who created more than 500 book and magazine covers in his career that spanned from the 1940s until his death in 1985, features the cover painting for Earth Enslaved. The book is the 9th in a series of 17 novels by E.C. Tubb under the pen name Gregory Kern that spotlight Captain "Cap" Kennedy, defender of the Terran Sphere.
Earth Enslaved (Cap Kennedy #9), 1973, cover painting by Jack Gaughan - MoPOP Permanent Collection, Gift of Jack Gaughan Estate
Polaroid Figure Studies + 'Earth Enslaved' (Cap Kennedy #9) by Gregory Kern (E.C. Tubb), June 1974 - MoPOP Permanent Collection, Gift of Jack Gaughan Estate
Gaughan would frequently take Polaroid photos of himself and family members as figure studies for his paintings and illustrations and then work on them in sketchbooks like those seen above.
Invoice & Ledger Book - MoPOP Permanent Collection, Gift of Jack Gaughan Estate
He also meticulously kept all his preliminary illustrations, paintings, proofs, related invoices, accounting ledgers, and other correspondence. Together, this archive shows us the work and working life of a busy artist at the height of science fiction paperback popularity.
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