Date: Published Oct 2008
Signed By: Brian May / Roger Taylor In Pencil
Edition: 195 Prints available World Wide
Dimensions: Image 31.5 x 16.5 / Paper 40 x 24.5 (Inches)
Atelier: Dekkel Fine Art Publishing
Condition: New/ Mint Condition
Medium: Screen Print And Archival Giclee On 330 GSM Somerset Fine Art Paper
Original artwork produced by the artist, Frank Kelly Freas.
Queen News Of The World Print published in October 2008 and printed by Dekkel Fine Art Publishing, U.K.
Signed in pencil by Brian May (Brian May 2008) / Roger Taylor (Roger Taylor Queen)
Best-known for the hit tunes We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions (and the fine Spread Your Wings), News of the World was the 6th studio record released by Queen, hitting the shelves in 1977 and achieving multi-platinum status in both the U.S. and the U.K. Queens drummer Roger Taylor is credited for the idea behind the design for the iconic record cover, an adaptation of an original work of art done by one of the masters of science-fiction illustration, the late artist Frank Kelly Freas (1922 to 2005).
Freas had done an illustration titled Please..Fix It, Daddy for the cover of the October 1953 issue of Astounding Science Fiction magazine (to accompany Tom Godwin’s story called “The Gulf Between”) which portrayed a giant robot holding the body of a man that the robot had just accidentally squished (and then looked to his father for help). The band had seen the image years later and commissioned Freas to modify the original painting for use on the packaging for their new record. Freas replaced the single squished figure with renditions of the bands four members (all having been killed), with bassist John Deacon and drummer Roger Taylor shown falling from the robots hand.
Frank Kelly Freas – For over 50 years, NY-born artist/illustrator Frank Kelly Freas (pronounced freeze) produced a wealth of highly-regarded works for clients in the advertising, book and magazine publishing worlds. He was best-known for both his illustrations in the Science Fiction/Fantasy genre and for his many covers featuring Alfred E. Neuman for MAD Magazine. Freas also produced many comic book covers, medical illustrations, and religious portraits and also produced the designs for the insignia and promotional materials for NASAs Skylab I project, which now hang in the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.
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