Ken Barr: A Retrospective

Nebula Barr 1958

Commando #1 1961

Commando #25 1962

Phase 1 Wraparound 1971

Creepy #37 1971

Dracula Poster 1974

Hardman #7 Popular Library 1974

Kyrik 1975 Leisure Books

Marvel Preview #8 1976

Hot Stuff #4 1977

Doc Savage #8 Curtis 1977

Huon of the Horn Fawcett 1980

Frankenstein Picture Classics 1981

Star Wars 1983

The Gryphon King Avon Books 1989

A small sampling of Scottish illustrator Ken Barr’s enormous output and range between the years 1958 and 1989. According to Down the Tubes, Barr passed away last week at the age of 83. Click on an image to get the original source and publication date of the illustration.

The biography below, from Creepy #35 (1970), details Barr’s early life, influences, and emigration to the States in 1968. His place in the pantheon of 20th century sci-fi and fantasy artists is well deserved.

Barr Bio Creepy #35 1970

(Images via Pinterest, Martin Kennedy, Flickr, IMP Awards, Cloud-109, Pulp Covers, and Flickr)

3 Responses to “Ken Barr: A Retrospective”


  1. 1 narvo March 30, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Great stuff. Dood, that Walk-Or Die! one…. lol.

  2. 3 Tim May 28, 2016 at 3:58 am

    I have his Star Trek poster. One of the best.


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