Jack Gaughan


1930 – 1985

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Who was Jack Gaughan?

Jack Gaughan was an American science fiction artist and illustrator who won the Hugo Award several times. Working primarily with Donald A. Wollheim at Ace Books and later DAW Books, and also Galaxy Magazine during the late 1960s, his simple linear style brought to life images of such works as Andre Norton's Witch World Novels and Edward Elmer Smith's Lensmen and Skylark novels. His broad visual vocabulary enabled him to render the objects, spaceships and scenes in whatever was presented to him as they were described in the books and stories he illustrated. That was especially an accomplishment as many of these authors drew on their knowledge of very esoteric subjects for their imagery. This ability made him very popular among people with an engineering background.

During most of Ejler Jakobsson's tenure at Galaxy Magazine from 1969 to 1974 he did all the illustration and much of the design that went on in the magazine. In addition, many of the books he did for Ace featured frontispieces, hand-lettered titled pages or maps at the front with Gaughan's distinctive calligraphy. An example would be Alan Garner's The Weirdstone of Brisingamen. L. Sprague de Camp's 1967 anthology, The Fantastic Swordsmen included a Gaughan map before each of the stories in it. His maps also grace the Ace first editions of Andre Norton's Witch World novels, and Mark S. Geston's Lords of the Starship.

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Sep 24, 1930
  • United States of America
Jul 21, 1985

on July 23, 2013


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