The comic art of George Wilson

Detail of painted cover art for Turok Son of Stone #58
Detail of painted cover art for Turok Son of Stone #58

Here’s a selection of colourful, incident-filled paintings that the American artist George Wilson (1921 – 1999) produced for such titles as Gold Key’s STAR TREK and TUROK SON OF STONE comics. As a kid I owned a SPACE FAMILY ROBINSON annual that sported a wonderful George Wilson cover: its depiction of huge flying beetles attacking the Robinson family really made me eager to read the stories inside!

George Wilson was extremely prolific, so the examples below are just a taste of the kind of imaginative, eye-catching cover paintings he created over the years.

Let’s start with some SPACE FAMILY ROBINSON comic cover art!

This is the Space Family Robinson annual cover!
This is the Space Family Robinson annual I own!
Art featuring fierce, man-eating Kloblops! For the cover of Space Family Robinson #9
Art featuring fierce, man-eating Kloblops! For the cover of Space Family Robinson #9
Artwork, without cover blurb, for Gold Key's Space Family Robinson #22 
Artwork, without cover blurb, for Gold Key’s Space Family Robinson #22 
Cover art, without blurb, for Space Family Robinson #5
Cover art, without blurb, for Space Family Robinson #5
The cover blurb claims these are plant creatures, but they look more like goldfish monsters!
The cover blurb claims these are plant creatures, but they look more like goldfish monsters!
One-eyed alien ape monster! Cover art, without blurb, for Space Family Robinson #50
One-eyed alien ape monster! Cover art, without blurb, for Space Family Robinson #50

Some very cool TUROK SON OF STONE comic cover art…

That's a big monster!
That’s a big monster!
A dinosaur AND a killer plant! Art for the cover of Turok Son of Stone issue #26
Turok fights Pteranodons!
Turok fights Pteranodons!
Glowing cave dinosaur! Cover art, without blurb, for Turok Son of Stone #41
Glowing cave dinosaur! Cover art, without blurb, for Turok Son of Stone #41
'At the mercy of the sacred honkers!'
‘At the mercy of the sacred honkers!’
Painted artwork, without cover blurb, for Turok Son of Stone #74
Painted artwork, without cover blurb, for Turok Son of Stone #74
Dynamic cover art for Turok Son of Stone #58
Dynamic cover art for Turok Son of Stone #58
Artwork, without cover blurb, for Turok Son of Stone #46
Multi-armed horror! Artwork, without cover blurb, for Turok Son of Stone #46
Turok Son of Stone #114 painted cover. Logo on overlay
Turok Son of Stone #114 painted cover. Logo on overlay

Some STAR TREK comic covers…

Spock versus mummies!
Spock versus 10,000-year-old mummies!
The Enterprise crew explore a haunted asteroid!
The Enterprise crew explore a haunted asteroid!
Killer plant attack! I repeat: killer plant attack!
Killer plant attack! I repeat: killer plant attack!
Cool alien dino-monster!
Cool alien dino-monster!

Some outlandish VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA comic covers…

A strange fluid turns ocean life into monsters!
A strange fluid turns ocean life into monsters!
A weird mutant monstrosity!
A weird mutant monstrosity!
The Seaview meets a giant, undersea caveman! Art for cover of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea #4
The Seaview meets a giant, undersea caveman! Art for cover of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea #4

Some BORIS KARLOFF TALES OF MYSTERY cover art…

Water-squirting octo-monster versus fire-flinging demon-creature!
Water-squirting octo-monster versus fire-flinging demon-creature!
This amazing piece of artwork was for the 1967 cover to Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery #17
This amazing piece of artwork was for Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery #17’s cover
Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery #39
Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery #39
And here's the blurb-free art for the cover of Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery #39
And here’s the blurb-free art for the cover of Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery #39
Gorgeous art, without cover blurb, for Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery #29 
Gorgeous art, without cover blurb, showing a creature from the Sargasso Sea, for Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery #29 
Motorcyclist with laser gun versus dragon! For the cover of Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery #34
Motorcyclist with laser gun versus dragon! For the cover of Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery #34
Marvellous painting for Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery #56. Without cover blurb
Marvellous painting for Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery #56. Without cover blurb
Pink swamp monster on the cover of Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery #49
Pink swamp monster on the cover of Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery #49
'His best friend - a killer monster!'
‘His best friend – a killer monster!’
Cover art for Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery #33
Cover art for Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery #33
George's cover art for Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery #43 boasts some truly novel-looking monsters
George’s cover art for Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery #43 boasts some truly novel-looking monsters

Some TARZAN comic covers for Dell and Gold Key…

Now THAT is what you call an eye-catching cover!
Now THAT is what you call an eye-catching cover!
Croc fight!
Croc fight!
Tarzan versus a reptile-riding horde!
Tarzan versus a reptile-riding horde!
Tarzan versus an underwater Triceratops?!
Tarzan versus an underwater Triceratops?!

Miscellaneous comic covers for Dell and Gold Key…

Cover for the Dell comic adaptation of Dinosaurus!
Cover for the Dell comic adaptation of the movie Dinosaurus!
Cover for Dark Shadows #11
Cover for Dark Shadows #11
Art for Dark Shadows #11 without all the blurb
Art for Dark Shadows #11 without all the cover blurb
Mighty Samson fights walking tree monsters with pincers!
Mighty Samson fights walking tree monsters with pincers!
Yikes! Another George Wilson illustration featuring a killer tree!
Yikes! Another George Wilson illustration featuring a killer tree!
Yet another killer tree painting!
Yet another killer tree painting!
Cover for the Gold Key comic adaptation of King Kong
Cover for the Gold Key comic adaptation of King Kong
 Cover for Gold Key's comic based on the Fantastic Voyage ABC TV cartoon 
 Cover for one of Gold Key’s comics based on the Fantastic Voyage ABC TV cartoon 
Tentacle monster with big rabbit teeth!
Tentacle monster with big rabbit teeth!
Jellyfish aliens attack! Artwork, without blurb, for one of Gold Key's UFO Flying Saucers issues
Jellyfish aliens attack! Artwork, without blurb, for one of Gold Key’s UFO Flying Saucers comics
That poor guy is being chased by an astronaut and a Triceratops!
That poor guy is being chased by an astronaut and a Triceratops!
'Night of the living bones'!
‘Night of the living bones’!
Painted cover for Magnus Robot Fighter #27. Logo on overlay
Painted cover for Magnus Robot Fighter #27. Logo on overlay
Cover art for Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom #21 without all the blurb
Cover art for Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom #21 without all the blurb
...and here it is without the cover blurb
George’s cover art for Gold Key’s adaptation of X The Man with X-Ray Eyes…
...and here it is without the cover blurb
…and here it is without the cover blurb
A final George Wilson comic cover, featuring yet more strange-looking critters
A final George Wilson comic cover, featuring yet more strange-looking critters

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