In 1976, legendary science fiction illustrator, Frank Kelly Freas
, published the Star Trek Portfolio
, featuring gorgeous charcoal portraits of the officers of the U.S.S. Enterprise
. Needless to say, it's a highly-desired collectible these days.
Beginning in 1950, Freas provided the covers to hundreds of science fiction and fantasy magazines, including Weird Tales, Planet Stories, Astounding Science Fiction
among many others. In the field of genre paperbacks, he created cover
illustrations for DAW, Signet, Ballantine Books, Avon, all 58 Laser
Books (which are now collectors' items), and over 90 covers for Ace
books alone. He provided many covers for MAD Magazine, artwork for
NASA's Skylab program, and in the Eighties, for numerous gaming
publications. He also painted the cover to Queen's classic LP, News of the World
, and was the first person to win ten Hugo Awards.
He passed away in 2005.