The Borisography: H

Haesel the Slave
B1.29
BoB.O3
CD1
FABV
Portfolio 8
Cover for Haesel the Slave by Dael Forest (Ballantine Books, 1979,) book #2 in his Slaves of the Empire series.

The painting is undated but was apparently produced in 1978,.

Half Moon
If this painting seems familiar it is because it is Ashtaroth modified, itself already having been modified once before, for use on one of the Franklin Mint series of Fantasy Collector's Knives. I am guessing that this was a digital modification because the image area exceeds the bounds of the original painting.
Hammer Throw (1985)
B1.80
BoB.09
CD1
1987-Dec
Painted for the 1987 Fantasy Olympics Calendar.
Handful (1985)
B4.18 This was painted for an ad campaign - possibly Chess King. The client had liked the Tattoo concept from Mirage so much that he specifically requested this image.
Hands (1981)
CD1
Mirage
Painted for Mirage.
Hard Drive (1993)
BoB.60 This is the cover of the book The Shattered Sphere by Roger McBride Allen (Tor Books, 1994.)
Hardball
CD2 Cover art for the Sega Genesis version of the video game Hardball (Accolade, 1991.) A poster of the painting was also available to purchasers of the game.

This piece is listed by the old Imaginistix website as being by Julie Bell and images from there, and the CD, do indeed bear her signature but the game's box clearly proclaims that the artwork was by Boris, it carries his signature thereon and it advertises the optional poster "… By Boris Vallejo." Since the box and poster versions are signed in different places I surmise that the original artwork is probably unsigned. I had noticed that other artwork featured on the website also carried signatures where none had existed before so my conclusion is that the error originated with Imaginistix and has not subsequently been corrected.

The Julie Bell version is dated 1991 whilst the Boris one is undated. That year is consistent with the game's release.

Hares vs Magpies (BJ)
Imagix.088 Presumably a promotional piece to do with English football (soccer, to any citizens of the USA,) if the reference to the FA Cup in the background is anything to go by.

Judging by the size of the stadium I would expect Magpies to refer to Newcastle United but I know of no team known as the Hares, so perhaps this is nothing to do with UK football at all.

Harmony
2004-Dec This painting is from the 2004 Fantasy Calendar and incorporates one of Boris' favourite themes: youth together with experience.
Harmony (2003)
2005-Dec Featured in the 2005 Fantasy Calendar.
Harnessed Power
2020-Sep Although it appears in the 2020 Fantasy Calendar this was obviously painted for some other purpose – the calendar version has been stretched sideways to make it fit the required square format.
Hatch-Mech
B4.H6 Cover artwork for Battletech: Blood of Heroes by Andrew Keith (Penguin/Roc, 1993.) It was also used in a poster advertising the Battletech series of books.

Boris posed himself for the two male figures.

Hatchett
B1.64
CD1
FABV
FAT 125
Book cover for Hatchett by Lee McGraw (Ballantine Books, 1976.)
The Hatchling (1999)
2000-Feb
SG.057
Imagix.029
This was painted for the 2000 Fantasy Calendar.
The Haunters of Castle Crimson
Cover art for issue #12 of Savage Sword of Conan dated October 1976.

The painting is undated but was probably painted in 1976.

Haunting (BJ)
2019-May It's not altogether clear from the thumbnail but this painting shows a spectral dragon (which, despite the title, looks quite benign) cautiously examining a prone girl. Is she OK? Is she unconscious? Or Asleep? We'll never know.

This artwork appears in the 2019 Fantasy Calendar and may have been painted for that purpose.

Hawaii 3-0 (1988)
B2.71 The trading card erroneously says this is a 1978 work but it is actually dated 1988!

The trading card also gives the title as Hawaii 3-O. Assuming this to be a play on the name of the TV series Hawaii 5-0, I've assumed the last character to be zero rather than the capital letter O. (I'm aware that the name of the revived TV series did use a capital O but this wasn't until many years after (2010) both the painting and trading card were produced.)

Hawkeye (1996)
MM96.18 One more painting for the Marvel Masterpieces '96 trading card set.

This character first appeared in 1964 as a villain but quickly, eight months later, became a member of the Avengers.

He-Man (2003) (BJ)
FW.085 Wrap-around cover art for the June 2003, issue #4, of the Image Comics incarnation of Masters of the Universe comic. This was, I believe, one of at least two covers for that edition but the only one with a Boris cover.
He Lives Again
Cover art for the September 1973 edition (issue #2) of Monsters Unleashed. The 'He' in question is of course Frankenstein's Monster.

The painting is undated but would have been done in 1973.

Head Ornament (1982)
Mirage
Ult_Ill.044
Another drawing (there are twelve in total) from Mirage.

In The Ultimate Illustrations Boris explains that his model, Danielle Anjou, was not actually wearing the headdress – it existed solely in his mind.

Healer (2011) (BJ)
2013-Apr This painting, which seems to have taken inspiration from Androcles and the Lion was used for April in the 2013 Fantasy Calendar.
Heavy Metal (1985)
B1.63
CD1
FAT 110
Portfolio 22
This was painted as a cover for the November 1985 edition of Heavy Metal magazine, one of several Boris paintings to appear here.

FABV shows several stages of the designing and painting of this artwork.

Hebat (1990)
B2.09
BoB.T2
1991-Mar
Painted for the 1991 Mythology Calendar.
Hechicera (2004) (BJ)
2006-Feb
Imagix.049
This painting was featured in the 2006 Fantasy Calendar. It was also used as the cover for Boris and Julie's book Imaginistix (as well appearing inside the book.)
The Hedge Knight (2003) (BJ)
FW.036 Cover art for the graphic novel The Hedge Knight by George R R Martin, a prequel to his Dunk and Egg series.
Her Pilgrim Soul (1989)
B2.19
1991-Oct
Cover art for Her Pilgrim Soul & Other Stories by Alan Brennert (Tor Books, 1990.) In fact, the cover is black with "Her Pilgrim Soul Alan Brenner" written in large font, one word per line, filling it from top to bottom. This painting occupies a small empty quadrant to the right of the words "Soul" and "Alan."
Her Private Garden (2010)
2012-Nov Painted for the MicroVisions charity auction.

MicroVisions is a charity run by the Society of Illustrators to provide scholarships for students. Every year 12 participating artists are each invited to produce, and donate, a 5" x 7" painting. The resulting artworks are ultimately sold at auction with all proceeds going to the charity.

Boris was one of the chosen few for 2010 and this was his contribution.

Hercules / Hercules and the Wild Boar (1989)
B2.19
1991-Oct
Painted for the 1990 Mythology Calendar.

Greek mythology: Hercules defeats the Thracian boar.

Hercules (1991)
BJ.53
Ladies
The second of the additional illustrations which accompanied the story of Deianeira in Ladies.
Hercules versus Cerberus (1988)
B3.21
BoB.11
1989-Jul
Painted for the 1989 Mythology Calendar.

Greek Mythology: The twelfth labour of Hercules called for him to descend into Hades. There he was to abduct the fierce three-headed dog Cerberus, who guarded the entrance to the land of the dead, and bring him back to King Eurystheus. The king had set Hercules this task in order to be rid of the man for good. But Hercules, the strongest of men, subdued the terrible Cerberus with his bare hands.

Heroes and Villains (1979)
B3.25
Diva
Cover painting for Heroes and Villains by Angela Carter (Pocket Books, 1979.)

The models were Boris and Danielle Anjou.

Hesperides and Ladon (1992)
B3.36
BoB.22
Beasts
1993-Dec
Painted for the 1994 Mythology Calendar and also used as cover for the September 1996 edition of Heavy Metal magazine.

Greek Mythology: Ladon was the hundred-headed serpent, one of the monstrous offspring of Typhon and Echidna; the Hesperides were the daughters of Atlas by Pleione or possibly Hesperis, or maybe it was Nix and Erebus (sorry, the legends are inconsistent.) Together they guarded the tree of the Golden Apples given by Gaia to Hera as a wedding present.

The Hidden Falls (2009)
2010-Dec This is the modified version of Content used for the 2010 Fantasy Calendar. The painting shows the year as 2009 whereas the original is dated 2008.
Hidden Foes
2013-May
Dland.043
This painting first appeared in the 2013 Fantasy Calendar.

The painting is neither signed nor dated but Dreamland tells us that the artist was Boris.

The Hieroglyphic Egg (1993)
BJ.68
1995-Apr
Painted for the 1995 Fantasy Calendar.
High and Wild (2013)
According to a FaceBook post by Julie Bell, this painting was offered for sale on the old Imaginistix (now BorisJulie.com) web site. I got the impression it was painted on spec purely for that purpose.
The High Couch of Silistra
B1.19
CD1
FABV
WOB.23
1983-May
1997-Jan
Cover for High Couch of Silistra by Janet E Morris (Bantam, 1977.)
High Greetings (2008)
2010-Sep
Dland.017
This intriguing painting was used in the 2010 Fantasy Calendar.
A Higher Realm (2011)
2012-Dec This classic fantasy scene was included in the 2012 Fantasy Calendar.
Hil and Bill / Bill and Hil (1996)
Cover art for Penthouse Max Election '96 Special.

For those that don't know, the donkey and elephant are the symbols of the american Democrat and Republican political parties respectively. If you haven't worked it out: Bill Clinton is a Democrat hence the unconscious/dead elephant.

Hindsight (1996)
AC.1
CIS.8
This work was painted by Boris for his own pleasure, rather than as a commission. In the Artist's Choice set it is entiltled Julie, and in Comic Images Supreme it is entitled 10+++, which is a touching evaluation by Boris of his wife.
Hippocampus (1991)
B3.06
BoB.Minisheet
CD1
FPG.42
1992-Mar
Painted for the 1992 Mythology Calendar.

Modelled by Julie Bell.

Holding Back (1995)
BJ.34
1996-Feb
Painted for the 1996 Fantasy Calendar.
Hollywood
BJ.67 Cover art for the video game Les Manley: Lost in LA (Accolade, 1991.)
Holocaust (1996)
MM96.19 Another painting for the Marvel Masterpieces '96 trading card set.

The character was originally called Nemesis but after almost being killed he was fitted with near-indestructible armour and assumed the current name.

Hologram (1988)
B4.39 Cover for Cyberbooks by Ben Bova (Tor Books, 1989.)

When returned by the publisher, this painting was not properly packed and was folded in half, damage which is clearly visible on the trading card version - the version illustrated here was taken from the book cover so doesn't exhibit the damage.

Homecoming (2012)
2014-Oct
Dland.088
This was painted by Boris for his personal pleasure saying it contains the three things he enjoys painting most: mountains, a figure and feathers. He omitted a fourth. item: his wife Julie!
Hookah (1981)
BJ.16
Mirage
Painted for Mirage.
The Horror was Revealed! (2000)
2002-Centre This is a version of Come What Will digitally modified for the 2002 Fantasy Calendar.
A Hostage for the Hinterland
FABV
1983-Nov
Cover for A Hostage for the Hinterland by Arsen Darnay (Ballantine Books, 1976.)
Hot Sauce (BJ)
One of the promotional paintings produced for a Mountain Dew card game: AO gives more information.

The player illustrated here is Philip Campion who also uses the moniker Hot Sauce.

Hot Sun (1995)
BJ.U3
1996-Jun
Painted for the 1996 Fantasy Calendar.
Hoth (1980)
This painting was produced as the second of three 18" x 24" promotional posters for the Coca-Cola company. The poster, showing Han Solo and Luke on the snow-planet Hoth, was distributed to purchasers of the company's products at certain fast-food outlets.
The Howling (1995)
This illustration of Chaos! Comics' character Lady Demon was painted as the cover art for issue #2 (of a total of 3 editions) of the magazine Chaos! Quarterly from 1995. This magazine was an anthology of stories taken from the publisher's various titles.

Julie Bell painted the cover for issue #1.

This was also produced as a 24" x 36" poster.

The Hulk (1995)
MM96.P2 The first of two paintings of The Hulk produced by Boris for the Marvel Masterpieces '96 trading card set.
The Hulk (1996)
MM96.99 Painted for the Marvel Masterpieces '96 trading card set.

This second painting of The Hulk shows the character in an unusually relaxed mood.

Human Torch (1995)
MM96.21 Painted for the Marvel Masterpieces '96 trading card set'

The Human Torch first appeared in 1939 in Marvel Comics #1. The original character was misnamed in so far as he was an android but, after a hiatus of many years, he was reinvented as a human mutant in 1961.

Human Warrior (2005) (BJ)
One of several paintings produced by Boris and Julie for the online game R.Y.L Path of the Emperor. This painting was used for one of the box's covers.
Humans vs Mutants (2005) (BJ)
2016-Nov This is one of four paintings produced for the online video game R.Y.L Path of the Emperor. The game's box features all four of the paintings but they were also used individually for advertising purposes. In addition, this painting was also used in the 2016 Fantasy Calendar.
Hummingbird (1989)
CD2 Originally featured on Boris and Julie's old Imaginistix website (now borisjulie.com,) this painting was done for Boris' personal enjoyment.
The Hunted (2015)
2017-May Used for the month of May in the 2017 Fantasy Calendar. I have no information as to why it was painted but it is possible that it was done specifically for the calendar.
Hunter (2001)
SG.F3
CD2
Sketch.122
Ult_Ill.099
Design drawing for a Franklin Mint sculpture which was to feature the woman with a dragon. Apparently, unauthorised changes were made to the dragon which Boris was not happy with. I'm not familiar with any sculpure featuring this woman so perhaps the sculpture was never produced.
Hunting Party (2009)
2011-Jan
Dland.109
An attractive girl in charge of two fearsome beasts - what more could one ask for? This painting was used in the 2011 Fantasy Calendar.
Hydra
B3.23
BoB.72
CD1
1992-Aug
Painted for the 1992 Mythology Calendar.

Greek Mythology: One of the monstrous offspring of the Titan Typhon and Echidna, this was a water-serpent with the body of a hound and heads numbering five to a hundred in various tales. Killing it was the second of Herakles' Twelve Tasks.
Painted 1991.



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