Frank Kelly Freas’s cover for “She,” which is one of the few illustrations that not only doesn’t blow the “She in a Pillar of Flame” finale, but also gets across the mood of adventure, horror, and the miraculous.
He said that he based the appearance of Ayesha, She herself, supposedly the most beautiful woman who ever lived, on his beloved wife.
Michael Herring’s covers for H. Rider Haggard’s She and the sequels.
It’s often said that Frankenstein was the first science fiction novel. If so, H. Rider Haggard’s Victorian African adventure “She” was the first fantasy novel…phantasmagorical, weird, imperialist, surreal, centered on reincarnation and dream like imagery, and engrossing. The money Haggard got from this he used to finance the creation of the modern Tarot deck. The image of She, in the fire, undestroyed, may be one of the most famous in all fantasy fiction.
For the most part, I think colorization of a black and white film classic is an act of absolute vandalism that deserves a flogging. But the colorized 1935 version of “She” was aided by a weird color palette that made everything look dreamlike and unreal, which actually aided the eerie mood of the film.