GEORGE ZIEL CHECKLIST

Hardcover dust jackets, Calendars, etc.

7 THE PROUD MAN – Linington. Viking Press, 1955. In addition to the 1976 St Martin’s Press hardcover FRIGHTS (art shown on Warner Books edition above), and the 1965 Delacorte Press hardcover 10th ANNUAL EDITION: THE YEAR’S BEST S-F (art shown on Dell paperback above), Ziel is also credited with “jacket design” on this 1955 hardcover book cover. Ziel also contributed one painting to THE 1980 JRR TOLKIEN CALENDAR (The Great Illustrators Edition), published by Ballantine in 1979. That art is shown on several Tolkien websites.

Comic book cover

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THE DARK MANSION OF FORBIDDEN LOVE #1 – DC Comics, October 1971. For many years this cover was uncredited, or credited by default to Tony DiZuniga, because he did all the art inside this comic book.  But in 2010, comics art dealer Key Comics sold the original art on eBay and announced that there is an artist’s credit on it for a man who was not a comic book artist: George Ziel.  Apparently the editors wanted a certain look for this inaugural cover so they brought in a leading cover artist of dark Gothic romance paperbacks.
THE SINISTER HOUSE OF SECRET LOVE #3 – DC Comics, Mar 1972.

The cover art for “The Bride of the Falcon” uses Ziel’s 1967
Paperback Library cover for THE HOUSE OF TERROR (Paperback Library 53-592).
“The Bride of the Falcon” takes place on a mysterious island near Venice, Italy , and features gondolas and gondoliers. The sinister man on the paperback cover has been changed here to a gondolier, with an oar and a gondola added to the art. And the misty moor of the paperback cover is now a waterway.

Magazines

TRUE DETECTIVE – May 1962, cover. LIFE – March 8, 1963, art for “Greece: The Golden Age, Part IV”.  

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CLIMAX – November 1963, interior illustration for “The Mad Anesthetist of Mattoon” (detail).

“The Blonde Who Blitzed The West”

The ever-resourceful Bob Deis of the fabulous Men's Adventure Magazines Facebook page turned up these two scarce illustrations in the February 1964 issue of Impact magazine. We add these to our short list of Ziel magazine illustrations.

We previously found Ziel in the November 1963 issue of Climax magazine. In 1964, Climax and Impact merged into one magazine called Impact. So this find represents a second Ziel assignment for that publisher (Macfadden). There may be others..

 

4 MAN’S – June 1966, interior for “Innocence”.  Uncredited, the woman reused from Pyramid G309.  MAN’S was published by Pyramid, and we see recycled and cannibalized art from Pyramid book covers again and again in the pages of MAN’S. We presume the original artists were not consulted. The guy on the bed has been lifted from the cover of SHE-DEVIL (Pyramid 89, reprinted as Pyramid G301), artist unknown.   

Illustration art

My always resourceful friends at American Art Enterprises turned up MAN'S June 1969 with “Boudoirs and Brothels” illustration re-used (and slightly re-drawn) from Ziel's Pyramid R207, YAMA, THE HELL-HOLE.

Foreign Language

Bookscans.com offers a great online look at Grahame Flanagan's collection of Finnish paperbacks. Some of them re-use American cover art. This one, Hornasarja 01, uses Ziel's art for Ace D-378, OUT FOR KICKS.

 

Kuukauden Shokki 6511 re-uses Ziel's cover for Ace D-428, SCOWTOWN WOMAN.

 

 

Kuukauden Shokki 650708 re-uses art from

Ace D-506, THE BRAZEN DREAM.

Finnish scans courtesy of Grahame Flanagan and Bookscans.com.

DIE ZARTE LADY WAR EIN HARTER BROCKEN
by George W. Burton, Rastatt Erich Pabel, 1974.
German-language mystery uses the Ziel cover art
from a Mary Roberts Rinehart Dell paperback
called THE SWIMMING POOL.

 

 

Plon (France) MISS CHARLIE by Norah Lofts. 1976 hardcover. Re-uses Ziel art for Dell 8355, THE STREET OF SEVEN STARS. 

Ullstein, 1976 – DAS GESICHT IM SPIEGEL by Clarissa Ross. Re-uses Ziel cover art for Gold Medal M2982, GWEN IN GREEN.

Das Gesicht im Spiegel

Ullstein, 1976 – BESUCH VON EINEM TOTEN by Clarissa Ross – re-uses Ziel art for Crest P2453, FALSE IDOLS.

Besuch von einem Toten

MACHENKA
by Vladimir Nabokov, Editions Select, 1981.
This French paperback of Nabokov's first book,
known here as MARY, features a Ziel cover borrowed from a Mary Roberts Rinehart Dell mystery called THE BREAKING POINT.

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