Along with Frazetta, Gino D’Ahille, Michael Whelan and a handful of others, Dean Ellis was a big part of my early years.
Ellis was a master of capturing that ‘sense of wonder’ some folks talk about, the rush that hits typically young people, making them users of the stuff for life, or at least until they’ve seen one crappy sci fi movie too many.
Ellis specialized in space art. A link between Chesley Bonestell’s then-scientific accuracy and Whelan’s romanticism, Ellis’ are grounded space adventures in something like the real world. His art often showed he was in the real world and also in that fantasy world at the same time.
Ellis’ cover for Samuel R. Delany’s DHALGREN may be my single favorite book cover.