03 August 2014

The SF Art of Irv Docktor

10 July 1918 -  14 February 2008

Boy's Life, 1961

Irving Seidmon Docktor (July 10, 1918 - February 14, 2008) was a prolific artist and educator best known for his work as a book and magazine illustrator in the 1950s and 1960s. He was born in Philadelphia and after graduating from art school,  entered the army and was trained in photography. During World War II, he served as an aerial photographer in a map-making unit in the Technical Intelligence Team based in Australia and the Philippines.

Much of his early work was for Grosset & Dunlap. His dark palette and sense of the macabre led him to paint a number of covers for mystery novels and collections of supernatural fiction. He illustrated a number of books in the "Lookouts" juvenile mystery series by Christine Noble Govan and Emmy West in the late 1950s and early 1960s,

Boy's Life, July 1961 for Blish's "The Star Dwellers"

Boy's Life

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