The Borisography: L

La at Opar (1977)
1978-Centre Painted as centrepiece for the 1978 Tarzan Calendar.

Although it is undated it is known that this was painted in 1977.

Labyrinth (1994)
BJ.45
1996-Aug
A painting for the 1996 Fantasy Calendar.

Also used as promotional card for the Boris With Julie card set.

Lady Demon (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.

Lady in Red (1982)
B2.41
CD1
Painted as cover for the 1982 edition of Agent of Vega by James H Schmitz (Ace Books.)
Lady Octopus (1996)
MM96.66 Painted for the Marvel Masterpieces '96 trading card set.

Titled Dr Octopus on the card, this female version is described elsewhere as Dr Octopus II and Lady Octopus. I attempted to read up the biographies of the characters but, not being a great lover of the superhero genre, I eventually lost interest! My understanding is that the character Carolyn Trainer took over the role after the death of Dr Otto Octavius, the original Dr Octopus, and relinquished it after his eventual resurrection.

Lady of the Air (1998)
One of the paintings for the Franklin Mint series of fantasy knives.
Lady of the Forest (2000)
A painting for the Franklin Mint series of Fantasy Collector's Knives.
Landing (1986)
Another of the Chess King series of advertisements.
Larit (2000)
2001-Nov Apparently painted for the 2001 Fantasy Calendar.
The Lasas (1990)
B2.08
1991-Dec
Painted for the 1991 Mythology Calendar.

The central figure is Athena Lee, a former (now) USA champion bodybuilder. She also features in some of Boris' Joe Weider ads.

Lasso (2005) (BJ)
Ult_Ill.012 This was drawn as a private commission.
Last Battle / Last Stand
B1.69
FAT 47
FPG.48
WOB.25
1981-Jun
Painted for Portal Publications so presumably it was produced as a wall poster.

On the CD the image is in fact a duplication of Leda & the Swan. In Fantasy Art Techniques the title is given as Last Battle.

Painted 1978 (painting undated - unusual for Boris.)

Last Grasp (2011)
2013-Jan
Dland.023
This painting was used for the month of January in the 2013 Fantasy Calendar.

By making this a battle between a human and a robot Boris has avoided this being a gory scene (but I know a computer or two that might disagree with this assessment!)

Latischa of the Lost World I (1996)
IOJ.72 Painted as the cover for the April 1997 edition of Penthouse Comix. This is the first of three covers, from April to June 1997, all illustrating the story Latischa of the Lost World which together form a tryptych.

This is the sole new entrant published in the Images of Josephine card set, which features mostly photographs taken by Boris and Julie Bell and which they use as reference when painting. He has also published a book of his photographs, entitled Bodies by Boris. This book and most of the card set don't interest me, as I admire his artwork, not his reference material.

Latischa of the Lost World II (1997)
Painted as the cover for the May 1997 edition of Penthouse Comix. This is the second of three covers, from April to June 1997, all illustrating the story Latischa of the Lost World which together form a tryptych.
Latischa of the Lost World III (1997)
Painted as the cover for the June 1997 edition of Penthouse Comix. This is the third of three covers, from April to June 1997, all illustrating the story Latischa of the Lost World which together form a tryptych.

A modified version, under the title The Silver City: Gilsine's Tale, was used for the 2000 Fantasy Calendar.

The Lavalite World (1977)
B1.23
CD1
FAT 21
Portfolio 7
WOB.1
1982-Mar
Book cover for Philip José Farmer's The Lavalite World(Ace Books, 1977.)
The Lavalite World (1979)
B3.02
CD1
FAT 33
1982-Oct
Painted as the cover for World of Tiers Volume 2, an SFBC anthology of Philip José Farmer's books in that series. The painting illustrates a scene from The Lavalite World.
The Law and Phillip Bliss
Cover art for issue #4 (March 1974) of the Marvel comic Tales of the Zombie. The title is derived from the story it illustrates.

Most images of this painting have been recreated from the magazine's cover which has various parts, especially the top, obscured by the masthead etc. My thumbnail is taken from the actual painting and, as such, differs from the other versions in circulation.

Although signed the painting does not show a year – I would guess that it dates from 1973.

Leading (2007)
2008-Dec Although it features in the 2008 Fantasy Calendar I am by no means certain that it was painted for that purpose.
Leap of the Centaur (2006) (BJ)
Ult_Ill.133 This drawing is not what it appears to be. You might think that it is a preliminary sketch for Chaos but it is in fact a private commission based on that painting.
Leather Jacket (1980)
BJ.27
Mirage
This is one of the Mirage paintings.

Although Mirage does not use any titles, this painting is referred to as Jungle in Boris' introduction. I have since discovered that the french version of the book, which does have some titles, also uses this same name. Despite all this, it is more commonly referred to as Leather Jacket.

Leather Jacket II (2011) (BJ)
2013-Oct This artwork, Boris and Julie's retake of Boris' Mirage painting Leather Jacket, was used for the month of October in the 2013 Fantasy Calendar.

At first glance this appears to be the scene from Leather Jacket viewed from the other side but it's not. The girl would have to be behind the beast to make it the same scene.

Leda / Leda and the Swan (1991)
B4.44
Ladies
Painted as an illustration for the story of Arachne in Ladies.
Leda and the Swan (1989)
B1.84
BoB.M5
CD1
1990-Jun
Painted for the 1990 Mythology Calendar.

Greek Mythology: Leda was one of the many young ladies who were "seduced" (frequently unwillingly) by Zeus and subsequently punished by his wife Hera. In this instance, he charmed her as a swan, then changed form when he was close enough.

Legends of the Woods (2005)
2007-Jun This painting was used for the month of June in the 2007 Fantasy Calendar.
Lenda (1994)
BJ.75
FPG.08
1995-Oct
Painted for the 1994 Mythology Calendar.
Leo, the Lion (1987)
B2.23
BoB.O4
CD1
FPG.16
1988-Aug
Painted for the 1988 Zodiac calendar.
Let 'Em Come (2000)
2001-Jul Apparently painted for the 2001 Fantasy Calendar wherein it was used for the month of July.
Libra, the Scales (1987)
B2.55
BoB.75
CD1
1988-Oct
Painted for the 1988 Zodiac calendar.
Life-Giver
BJ.18
Sketch.110
Preliminary sketch for a sunbed advertisement. Unfortunately the final painting was not produced due to cancellation of the product.
Life on Earth (2005) (BJ)
2007-Aug A digitally modified painting used in the 2007 Fantasy Calendar. My assumption is that the original (shown here) was a private commission.
Light and Darkness (2003)
Ult_Ill.114 Drawn for a Franklin Mint project, the brief was to show Evil battling Good. Unfortunately it was thought to be too violent so the Art Director requested a milder version. This resulted in the new drawing Day and Night in its stead.
Lilith (1993)
B4.H1
1994-Dec
Painted for the 1994 Mythology Calendar.

A female demon of Jewish folklore, Lilith was Adam's first wife. When Adam attempted to dominate her, she cursed him and flew away. Lilith then spent her time coupling with demons of the air and sea, often generating great typhoons from the excitement.
From the 1994 calendar. Offered for sale on the official Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell Web site under the title Sea.

Lioness (1978)
FABV.012
Ult_Ill.087
Originally featured in FABV this may well have been drawn specifically for that purpose.

The similarity to the 1980 painting Jungle, of Mirage fame, is obvious and it may well have been the inspiration for that painting.

Live Tattoos (1988)
B2.25
BoB.O5
CD1
This painting was for a company which makes temporary tattoos. Some of their tattoos were featured in the movie Tattoo.

The painting has an interesting mixture of Boris' normal realistic work and flat tattoo-style components.

Lizard (1996)
MM96.28 One of the 54 paintings produced by Boris for the Marvel Masterpieces '96 trading card set.
The Loch Ness Monster Lives
1982-Aug
Boris2.015
FAT.032
Ult_Coll.022
Painted for Busch Gardens, a theme park in Williamsburg, Virginia. It was used to advertise their Loch Ness Monster roller coaster which, when it opened in June 1978, was the tallest and fastest in the world.

[CD1 has a file with the name LOCHNESS.JPG which is, unfortunately, a duplicate of the image for Lavalite World. Presumably it should have contained this image.]

The painting is undated but would probably have been completed in 1978.

Locusts (1997)
1999-Sep Painted for the 1999 Fantasy Calendar.
Logo Design (1993)
BJ.73 A logo design for Moore & Price, a San Francisco agency dealing with video games.
London 2500 AD (1991)
B4.S3
BJ.13
Cover for Tek Lab by William Shatner, published by Berkely Books.
Lone Axman
2021-Mar Painted as Boris' demonstration piece for the 2019 Illustration Master Class and subsequently used in the 2021 Fantasy Calendar.

Probably completed in 2019 because a photo taken during the class shows it as nearly finished at that time.

The Lone Brave (1993)
B4.07
BoB.27
FPG.26
This was painted for a poster company in the Netherlands - I assume this was Verkerke for whom Boris did a number of artworks.
Lonely Vigil (2001)
2003-May Apparently painted for the 2003 Fantasy Calendar where it appears for the month of May.
Lord of the Savage Land
Cover art for the May 1975 edition (issue #10) of the comic Savage Tales by Curtis.

The artwork was also available as a poster which gives a copyright year of 1976 - presumably this relates to the poster's publication rather than the artwork.

Lord of the Wolves
B1.42
CD1
FAT 35
WOB.27
1980-Feb
Book cover for The Ginger Star by Leigh Brackett (Ballantine, 1979,) which is volume 1 of The Book of Skaith trilogy.
Loria (1993)
B4.H4
1994-Feb
Painted for the 1994 Mythology Calendar.

Loria, a powerful enchantress in Slavic mythology, knew of a secret cave where a magical jewelled fish named Alionu lived. When she visited Alionu, Loria would bring offerings to feed him. In return, he would grant her wisdom and magic.

Lost City (2002) (BJ)
2004-Apr Apparently painted for the 2004 Fantasy Calendar. I say apparently because in recent years there has been a tendency to reuse paintings for the calendars so that, increasingly, it is difficult to tell whether or not they were originally produced for that purpose.
Lost Dreams (BJ)
2015-Jun Cover art for the 2013 album Lost Dreams by Curtis Oddo, a friend of Boris and Julie.

The painting was also used for rhe month of June, and the cover, of the 2015 Fantasy Calendar.

Lost in LA
BJ.67 Cover art for the video game Les Manley: Lost in LA (Accolade, 1991.)
Lost World 1 (1996)
IOJ.72 Painted as the cover for the April 1997 edition of Penthouse Comix. This is the first of three covers, from April to June 1997, all illustrating the story Latischa of the Lost World which together form a tryptych.

This is the sole new entrant published in the Images of Josephine card set, which features mostly photographs taken by Boris and Julie Bell and which they use as reference when painting. He has also published a book of his photographs, entitled Bodies by Boris. This book and most of the card set don't interest me, as I admire his artwork, not his reference material.

Love and Care (1996)
ABV.097 One of two paintings Boris produced for an exhibition of erotic art. The other artwork was Rings.
Lucky Teela Brown (1995)
BJ.12
FPG.43
Illustration for an article about Larry Niven's Ringworld Throne wherein this was entitled Lucky Teela Brown. It was published in the October-November 1995 edition of Penthouse's Omni Comix and also previewed in the Dec 95/Jan 96 edition of Penthouse's Men's Adventure Comix. The caption said:
"Lucky Teela Brown" by Boris Vallejo. I asked Boris to do a pinup … and he astounded me with much more than expected: a cover-quality illustration with a background and a jaunty little swagger stick for Teela.
For those that don't know, Teela Brown is a recurring character in Niven's Ringworld series.
Lucozade Energy – David & Goliath (BJ)
This spoof of the David and Goliath story was painted for a 2018 Energy Beats Everything advertising campaign for the Lucozade Energy range of drinks in the UK and Ireland.

Although it is not signed or dated I think it is safe to say that this was painted in 2017 because the advertisement ran fron February 2018.

Lynx 1 (2004) (BJ)
Imagix.076 One of several paintings for the Lynx range of toiletries.

This painting appeared, in modified form, in the 2008 Fantasy Calendar under the title Creation.

Lynx 2 (2004) (BJ)
One of several paintings produced for an advertising campaign for Lynx, the well know toiletries company.

A modified version under the title Tragedy Falls was used in the 2007 Fantasy Calendar.

The other paintings may be seen at I Love You So and Mermaid Love.

Lynx 3 (BJ)
FFW.091
Imagix.085
One of (at least) three promotioal paintings for the Lynx range of toiletries. The others may be seen at I Love You So and My Love.

As with the other Lynx ads, the painting is unsigned but a signature was shown on the published version which, I believe, showed the year 2004.



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