In 1975, at a time when public interest in NASA seemed to be waning, Hardy produced the first cover for F&SF to feature 'Bhen', the green alien, smiling bemusedly at the Viking Lander on Mars. Bhen was co-designed by his friend, cartoonist and stained glass artist Anthony Naylor. It became the first of a dozen or so covers, nearly all featuring Bhen making unorthodox use of NASA hardware.  STOP PRESS!  A NEW Bhen cover – the first digital – has now appeared on F&SF on the November 2015 issue! See above. An 'interview' with Bhen may be seen here:!an-interview-with-bhen-2015/c724

Text & images copyright © 2015 AstroArt by David A. Hardy. All Rights Reserved.

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