Milton Glaser’s Lesser-Known Covers, Uncovered

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Literary critic Kingsley Amis’ New Maps of Hell: A Survey of Science Fiction (1960) is an analysis of the use of science fiction to address the issues emerging in modern society from the 18th–20th centuries, including topics as rampant as utopian and dystopian literature.

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The jacket, which seems inspired by the wit of Paul Klee and Joan Miro, defies what most people think of Milton Glaser’s work as seen in the late ’60s until the present. Yet over 50 years ago he was experimenting with various modern and Modernist forms like this, this, this and this, some type-based and others that magical blend that Push Pin Studios did so well. The typeface used even made a return a half decade later in New York Magazine.

Glaser did scores of covers and jackets in the early ’60s, like the ones below, that are portends of designs to come. They are surprisingly Modernist in form and structure too.

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(Tip of the hat to Mirko Ilic for finding the irretrievable.)

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