Queen, News Of The World

£60.00

A marked departure from their previous artworks, the inspiration for Queen’s News Of The World album cover came from a science-fiction magazine owned by drummer Roger Taylor. The October 1953 edition of Astounding Science Fiction featured a painting by famed sci-fi artist Frank Kelly Freas. Originally captioned ‘Please fix it, Daddy?’ it was used to illustrate a Tom Goodwin short story titled The Gulf Between. Taylor felt that Freas’ painting of a giant robot who’d just crushed a human would make the perfect sleeve, and Freas agreed to create a new version of it, depicting Brian May and Freddie Mercury in the robot’s hand, while Taylor and bassist John Deacon plummeted to the ground. The original vinyl gatefold opened up to show the robot destroying the roof of an auditorium and reaching inside for the fleeing crowd.

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A marked departure from their previous artworks, the inspiration for Queen’s News Of The World album cover came from a science-fiction magazine owned by drummer Roger Taylor. The October 1953 edition of Astounding Science Fiction featured a painting by famed sci-fi artist Frank Kelly Freas. Originally captioned ‘Please fix it, Daddy?’ it was used to illustrate a Tom Goodwin short story titled The Gulf Between. Taylor felt that Freas’ painting of a giant robot who’d just crushed a human would make the perfect sleeve, and Freas agreed to create a new version of it, depicting Brian May and Freddie Mercury in the robot’s hand, while Taylor and bassist John Deacon plummeted to the ground. The original vinyl gatefold opened up to show the robot destroying the roof of an auditorium and reaching inside for the fleeing crowd.