Hubert Rogers

(1898 - 1982)

Hubert Rogers was born in Prince Edward Island, Canada. He was educated at Acadia University, Nova Scotia, attended the Toronto Technical School, the New Toronto Central Technical School, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

He began his professional career in New York in 1925. His first SF cover art was for the February 1939 issue of Astounding Science Fiction, and he became the premier illustrator for Astounding from 1939-1942 (painting 58 covers and numerous interior illustrations for 60 issues of the magazine between 1939-1956). In Mike Ashley’s The Complete Index to Astounding/Analog, Rogers is cited as ASF’s third most prolific cover artist (after Freas and Schoenherr) during the magazine’s first fifty years.

His cover painting for the story “Fury” by Lawrence O’Donnell (Henry Kuttner and wife C. L. Moore) in the May 1947 issue of Astounding is considered by many to be his finest work. Rogers also contributed art to Unknown (the fantasy “companion” magazine to Astounding), Super Science Stories, and other pulp magazines. He continued to appear in Astounding, off and on, until 1956, illustrating many of the classic SF stories by Isaac Asimov, James Blish, Robert Heinlein, Eric Frank Russell, Wilmar H. Shiras, E. E. “Doc” Smith, A. E. van Vogt, Jack Williamson, and others.

He also did the dust jackets for Heinlein’s early books from Shasta Publishers: The Man Who Sold the Moon (1950), The Green Hills of Earth (1951), and Revolt in 2100 (1953). He left the SF/fantasy field in the 1950s to become a portrait painter in Canada. As late as 1999 his art was being used for the covers of classic SF works, including a reprint edition of A. E. van Vogt’s The War Against the Rull. Many of his original covers for Astounding are in a private museum collection in Canada. The UMass Amherst Library hosted an exhibit of his art from December 3, 2006, through January 31, 2007, in the Special Collections and Archives of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. There was also a special exhibit of his work at Boskone 44 in 2007.

For more on his career, see http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/rogers_hubert