Dean Ellis

  • Born: (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
  • Died: (Saratoga Springs, NY, USA)

US illustrator whose main interests lay outside the sf genre – he did much Illustration for advertising, for general magazines, and notably for postage stamps in the US and some other countries.
After he'd done some covers in other fields for Bantam Books he was asked by them to produce a set of covers for their early-1960s "New Bantam Edition" reissues of the works of Ray Bradbury; these covers, featuring in the foreground a straightforward facial portrait of Bradbury with fantasticated shenanigans behind, were very distinctive, and led to Ellis being offered sf commissions by other publishers. From the early 1960s through the early 1980s he produced scores of sf covers; he also did a couple of interior illustrations for Omni (August 1979 and July 1981).

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