Obviously almost all of these are Roger Dean covers. (Menace is Ian Craig; Ballistix is Melvyn Grant; I’m not sure who drew Awesome.)
Illustration / fantasy art is a really important nexus point in 70s/80s nerdboy culture - it joined the emergent RPGs and home computer scenes to the waning prog rock and underground music/hippie scenes - throw alt.comix in there somewhere too maybe.
Case in point: Sensible Software started out as a prog rock band. No joke. (This anecdote doubles as my strong recommendation of Gary Penn and Read-Only Memory Books’ Sensible Software, 1986-1999.)
Super late on this, but Retro Magazine is a new retrogaming print mag up on Kickstarter now. It just passed its $50,000 goal and is heading to stretch goal land. If you want to get in on funding, it’s open until tomorrow.
It boasts an all-star lineup of basically EVERYBODY you’ve ever read about old games from! Except for me. Which is fine. They even found some old EGM people who I haven’t heard about in years! What I’m saying is some of the people writing about retro games are kind of retro.
There are some Retronauts people involved in this! But it would be pretty interesting even without those schlubs.
This started out as a pretty interesting photo/video collection on the weird G.I Joe Street Fighter figures from the ’90s, but then recon trooper Sneak Peek shows up and it gets weird and NSFW. I love that Japan’s blogging space is pretty much identical to the U.S. blog scene from about 10 years ago.