The Borisography: S

Sabre-Toothed Tiger (1993)
B4.08 Apparently an advertising image for Danzka Danish Vodka.
Sabretooth (1996)
MM96.P4
Titans.156
Yet another painting for the Marvel Masterpieces 1996 trading card set (it is a BIG set!)
Sachmet (1990)
B2.32
BoB.66
1991-Centre
Painted for the 1991 Mythology Calendar.
Sad Victory (2007)
2009-May A painting from the 2009 Fantasy Calendar.
Sagittarius, the Archer (1987)
B1.14
B2.P5
CD1
FPG.33
Portfolio 5
1988-Dec
One of the images for the 1988 Zodiac Calendar.
St Louis Rams and Budweiser
An advertising piece painted circa 1995.
Sailing (2004)
2005-Apr A painting from the 2005 Fantasy Calendar.
Sam and Harry (2012) (BJ)
Illustration for the book Feasting with Bompas & Parr by Sam Bompas and Harry Parr (Bompas & Parr, 2012.)

This must be something of a first – a Boris painting for a cookbook! It appeared in the book's Introduction.

For those that don't know, Bompas & Parr made their name with gelatine based products, hence the profusion of jellies in the painting, before expanding into other culinary areas.

The Samarkand Solution (1992)
B4.79 Cover art for Dangerous Journeys: The Samarkand Solution by Gary Gygax (Roc, 1993.)
San Diego Comic Con (1978)
This pen and ink drawing was used as the cover for the 1978 San Diego Comic Con program.

You may want to make a comparison with Boris' drawing Dragon and Butterfly from the Midnight Angels portfolio. The two drawings do have many similarities, and were produced at about the same time, but there is no doubt that they are completely different drawings because the foreground/background details are quite different. However, by superimposing a mirror image of one onto the other, it is clear that the modelling of the girl (sans wings) and dragon is identical so clearly Boris used the same initial artwork for both pieces. I said "modelling" because although the major details are identical the actual detail – the girl's wings, costume, jewellery, hair and the dragon's skin – are very different.

Sari-Koon (1997)
1998-Dec Painted for the 1998 Fantasy Calendar.
Satellite
B2.50
CD1
Cover art for Exiles to Glory by Jerry Pournelle (Ace Books, 1978.) The painting was also used for a jigsaw puzzle under the title Galaxy.

Painting undated.

Satyr (1991)
B3.C3
1992-Sep
Painted for the 1992 Mythology Calendar.

Greek Mythology: Satyrs were male wood nymphs looking mostly like men, but with horns and the legs of goats.

Savage Land (2000)
2002-Feb This was apparently painted for the 2002 Fantasy Calendar.

You may like to compare this with Tarzan, the cover painting for the 1978 calendar, with which this one bears a distinct similarity.

The Savage Primeval
Cover art for Mahars of Pellucidar (Ace Books, 1976) by John Eric Holmes, a novel set in Edgar Rice Burroughs' fictional world. This artwork was also published as a poster in 1976 under the title The Savage Primeval.
Scarecrow Angel (1981)
CD1
FAT 71
Mirage
Painted for Mirage.
Scarlet Menace (1981)
B1.54
BoB.52
CD1
Portfolio 20
WOB.12
1983-Aug
Cover for Red Sonja #2: Demon Night (Ace Books, 1982) by David C Smith & Richard L Tierney.
The Scent of Courage (BJ)
Artwork for an Old Spice ad by Boris and Julie. In the published version What Courage Smells Like was changed to The Scent of Courage.

Although it is signed it is undated. Since it was first published in February 2012 I would guess that it was painted in 2011.

Scorpio, the Scorpion (1987)
B2.39
BoB.02
CD1
1988-Nov
Painted for the 1988 Zodiac calendar.

Boris' original concept for this was realistic figures with flat graphic backdrops. The publishers rejected this, and insisted on realistic backdrops as well.

Scorpion (2002)
FW.115 A promotional piece for the Kodak company.

Boris did at least two other paintings for the company in 2001 and 2003 respectively. They were both for their Excel Sword range of thermal printing plates and therefore showed warrior types wielding swords. This painting shows a laser-equiped scorpion so presumably is for a different product range.

Sculptress
This painting featured in an exhibition of Boris's artwork and was apparently painted specifically for the purpose.

A modified (or should I say modestified?) version of the painting was featured in the 2018 Fantasy Calendar under the title Ethereal Sculptress.

Although it is undated the exhibition website gave the year as 2016.

Search for the Horned Beast (1986)
Painted for the cover of Conan the Fearless by Steve Perry (Tor Books, 1986) and also used for the Conan the Cimmerian video game (Virgin, 1991.)

It is also available as part of a limited edition autographed print poster series - see the Limited Editions page for Search for the Horned Beast for more information.

Searchers (1982)
Mirage One of a dozen drawings specially produced for Mirage.
Searching for Pegasus (2020)
I'm not sure of the correct title for this piece: Boris' and Julie's website gives the title as Searching for Pegasus but the image file has the name Waiting for Pegasus! My suspicion is that the filename is correct.

Since the image was obtained from borisjulie.com no other information is available but I have since learned that it will appear in the 2022 calendar.

A Season at Brighton
B4.40 Cover art for A Season at Brighton by Alice Chetwynd Ley (Ballantine Books, 1976.)

Painting undated.

The Second Worst World (1997)
1999-Sep Painted for the 1999 Fantasy Calendar.
Secrets (1984)
CD1
Enchantment
Illustration for the story of the same name in Enchantment.
The Secrets of Synchronicity
B1.51
CD1
FABV
Portfolio 19
Cover art for the book of the same name by Jonathan Fast (Signet, 1977.)
Seduction (1984)
B2.63
CD1
Enchantment
1986-Nov
Illustration for the story of the same name in Enchantment.
See the Butterflies (1998)
1999-Jul Painted for the 1999 Fantasy Calendar.
Self-Portrait
B4.11 This was produced when Boris was 15 so would have been painted in 1956.
Self-Portrait (1977)
FABV Featured in The Fantastic Art of Boris Vallejo, this was possibly drawn either for that book or the programme of one of the several comic conventions Boris would have attended.
Self-Portrait (1992)
'96 This portrait was apparently painted specifically for the Comic Images Supreme trading card set.

I have reservations about this being produced for the 1996 trading card set. The portrait date of 1992 suggests that either there was an exceedingly long lead-in time before publication or that it was produced for some other purpose.

Self-Punishment (1981)
Mirage 17 Painted for Mirage.
The Serpent (1978)
B2.78
CD1
Cover for The Serpent by Jane Gaskell (Pocket Books, 1978,) which is #1 in The Atlan Saga.

The book was originally published some years earlier but was republished in two parts in 1978. The second part was titled The Dragon and also carried a Boris cover (see here) as indeed did the rest of the series.

Serpent Goddess (2003)
Ult_Ill.095 This is preliminary artwork for a Franklin Mint project. I'm not familiar with any product using this design so it may not have proceeded any further than the design stage.

Boris apparently based his design on one of Julie's calendar paintings.

Although the published version is unsigned (as is my thumbnail too) I have seen a copy which does carry a signature and date.

Serpent Slayer - preliminary sketch
CD1 Preliminary artwork for the painting below.

The sketch is dated 1985 whereas the painting is dated 1987. Whilst the dates aren't inconsistent I think it more likely that this is another of the retrospectively, but wrongly, dated pieces.

Serpent Slayer (1987)
B4.36
Verk
Painted for the dutch company Verkerke Reprodukties who first published it as a 53 x 158 cm (approximately 21 x 62 ins) poster. Despite the proportions of Boris' preliminary artwork my thumbnail apparently shows the whole of the painting – the image was cropped down the righthand side (through the signature) for the poster but when used on a greetings card and postcard it was the bottom that was cropped whilst the width used was similar to what is shown here, suggesting that that was the whole width.
Serpents (1979)
The final drawing in the Midnight Angels portfolio series, this was used as Plate 6.

This may well have been the inspiration for Snake Women in his original Mirage collection.

Shaligar
1998-Oct Originally painted for a t-shirt (see Superhero Man,) Boris painted in the background to create this image for the 1998 Fantasy Calendar.
Shannara
BJ.46 Cover art for the video game Shannara (Legend Entertainment, 1995.) The game is based upon Terry Brookes' novel Sword of Shannara.
Shapechangers (1983)
B2.59
CD1
1985-Dec
Cover art for Shapechangers by Jennifer Roberson (Daw Books, 1984.)
Shattered Sphere (1993)
BoB.60 This is the cover of the book The Shattered Sphere by Roger McBride Allen (Tor Books, 1994.)
She Centaur (1995)
BJ.15
1996-Jan
This picture was painted for the 1996 Fantasy Calendar.
She Centaurs (1983)
FAT 16 This is the preliminary artwork for a painting that was never commissioned.
She Devil (1986)
Cover for the June 1986 edition of National Lampoon. The cover of this edition was featured in the National Lampoon trading card set (21st Century Archives, 1993.)
She Touched the Soul of Terark! (2002)
2004-Centre This version of the 2009 painting Sorceress of the Universe was (digitally?) modified for the 2004 Fantasy Calendar centrepiece.
She Vampire (1983)
B1.61
B2.P2
BoB.O2
CD1
FAT 17
The face is realistic, everything else is flat.

I include detail which I find to be of interest.

She's Mine (1988)
BJ.35 One of the series of advertisements Boris painted for Chess King clothing.
Shedding (2001)
2003-Oct This painting was used for the month of October in the 2003 Fantasy Calendar.
Sherrahd vs. the Dread Skumm Army (2009)
2010-Mar This painting was used for March in the 2010 Fantasy Calendar,
Shimmering Glory (2002)
2004-Mar A painting from the 2004 Fantasy Calendar.
Shirt (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.

Shoot the Bull (1978)
B2.44
CD1
Cover for Two Hawks from Earth (Ace Books, 1979) by Philip José Farmer, one of the books in his World of Tiers series.

Painted 1978.

Shotput (1986)
B2.54
BoB.79
1987-Mar
One of the 1987 Fantasy Olympics series.
Show Girl
Boris2 This was published in an unnamed men's magazine in 1968 and is the first of Boris' paintings to be published for a non-advertising purpose.
Showing Her the Way (1995)
CIS.1
CD2
This painting was done specifically for the card series, which is printed on "magnachrome" stock which doesn't scan well, nor show the images to their best effect.
Showtime (1984)
B2.74
CD1
Enchantment
Illustration for the story of the same name in Enchantment.
The Siege_of_Cuzco (BJ)
2017-Oct This painting featured in the 2017 Fantasy Calendar but I am fairly certain it was not intended for that purpose.

Peruvian history: in May 1536 Incan forces besiged the Spanish held city of Cuzco. The seige became a stand-off and in an attempt to break the deadlock the Spanish launched an attack against the Incan headquarters at Ollantaytambo, close to Machu Picchu. The Spanish failed in this attempt and the painting depicts the Incan victory. The seige of Cuzco remained unresolved until the arrival of Spanish reinforcements in April 1537 resulted in the ultimate defeat of the Incans three months later.

The Siege of Faltara (1978)
B1.72
CD1
Cover for the book of the same name (Ace Books, 1978) by Arsen Darnay.
Siena Blaze (1994)
'94 One of a number of paintings Boris and Julie produced for the trading card set X-Men '95 Ultra (Fleer, 1994.)
The Signs of Christmas (1988)
BJ.72 Advertising image for Chess King clothing stores.
The Silver City: Gilsine's Tale (1999)
2000-Jul This is a modified version of Latischa of the Lost World III produced for the 2000 Fantasy Calendar. Boris obviously thought it prudent to provide the girl with some clothing but, it must be said, that it won't keep her very warm.
Silver Samurai (1996)
'96 Painted for the X-Men Fleer Ultra: Wolverine (Fleer/SkyBox, 1996) trading card set.

This character debuted in 1974. Originally a criminal he eventually joined the X-Men before reverting to type after the events of M-Day (I have no idea what this is.) He has since been superseded by his son.

Silver Surfer
MM96.DI4 Painted for the Marvel Masterpieces 1996 trading card set. Unlike most of the paintings produced for the set, this particular one is undated.
The Silver Sword (1993)
B4.83 Cover for the Golden Axe III video game (Sega, 1993.)

Entitled The Silver Sword on the trading card.

The female figure appears to have been modelled by Julie Bell.

Sinister (1984)
'95 This was one of several paintings produced for the X-Men '95 Ultra trading card set (Fleer, 1994.) Unusually, this one wasn't used for the front of the card but was instead featured on the backs of the ten card Sinister Observations chase set. The white panel was replaced by a portrait of the character depicted on the front and Mr Sinister's observations about the character were written below.
Siren of Rapture (original) (1998)
Originally painted for the Siren of Rapture fantasy knife by Franklin Mint/Knightstone Collections, this is the version that appeared on the knife.

The painting has since been modified (see below) and you will see that the new image is laterally reversed compared to this one. Since both versions show the signature the right way around its anybody's guess which is the correct way.

Siren of Rapture (revised) (1998)
Dreams.107 This version of the above painting has been modified to give the figure larger fins.

As stated above, I do not know which of the two versions is the correct way around but I would guess that it is this one, the knife version being laterally reversed to conform with the shape of the knife's handle.)

The Siren of the Sands (2000)
A painting for the Franklin Mint's series of Fantasy Collector's Knives.
Siren Song (1979)
B2.02
CD1
FAT 10
Mirage
1984-Jun
1997-Mar
Painted for Mirage.
The Siren's Whisper
2019-Feb This is the modified version of Mermaid and Flower Fairy used for the 2019 Fantasy Calendar.
The Sirens (1988)
B3.53
1989-May
Painted for the 1989 Mythology Calendar.

Greek Mythology: The Sirens were beautiful nymphs who lived on a rocky island in the midst of the sea. They sang to passing sailors and their voices were so sweet, their songs so irresistible, that all who heard them were driven to jump from their boats and swim for the fateful shore on which they met their deaths.

The Sirens of Sarumea (2009)
2010-Jul A painting from the 2010 Fantasy Calendar.
Sister Act (1997)
1998-Feb Painted for the 1998 Fantsay Calendar.
Sister Anyea (2009) (BJ)
2010.Apr
Dland.006
Painted specifically for the 2010 Fantasy Calendar where it featured on the cover and the month of April.
Sit! (1985)
B4.02 An advertising image for Chess King.
Six of Swords (2010)
Tarot This painting was featured in the May 2010 edition of Heavy Metal as part of their ongoing Tarot series.
Six of Wands (2009)
Tarot Another of the Tarot series of paintings, this one was published in the January 2010 edition of Heavy Metal magazine.
Skipping Rope (1979)
One of a series of cartoons produced by Boris, this was intended for his failed 1979 Nasty Sketchbook project.
Skywalker
This was painted for inclusion in a 2017 exhibition of Boris' work. All the artworks featured were apparently painted for Boris' personal enjoyment some being produced specially for the show.

A modified version was featured as the centrepiece of the 2018 calendar under the title Amphitrite's Playground.

Slam Dunk (BJ)
Dreaml.027 A portrait of basketball player Waliyy Dixon who also goes under the nickname Main Event. This is one of four paintings produced for Mountain Dew in connection with a promotional card game – see AO for more information.
The Slayer (1979)
Another of the drawings for the Midnight Angels portfolio, this was Plate 5.
The Sleeper (1994)
BJ.62
1995-May
Painted for the 1995 Fantasy Calendar.
A Slender Thread (2000)
2002-Sep One of the paintings featured in the 2002 Fantasy Calendar, this was used for the month of September.
The Smell of the Wild (BJ)
A second promotional piece for Old Spice, see What Courage Smells Like for the other one, but this time the painting is unsigned as well as being undated.
Snake Attack - preliminary sketch
CD1 Preliminary artwork for the painting below.

The sketch is dated 1985 whereas the painting is dated 1987. Whilst the dates aren't inconsistent I think it more likely that this is another of the retrospectively, but wrongly, dated pieces.

Snake Attack (1987)
B4.36
Verk
Painted for the dutch company Verkerke Reprodukties who first published it as a 53 x 158 cm (approximately 21 x 62 ins) poster. Despite the proportions of Boris' preliminary artwork my thumbnail apparently shows the whole of the painting – the image was cropped down the righthand side (through the signature) for the poster but when used on a greetings card and postcard it was the bottom that was cropped whilst the width used was similar to what is shown here, suggesting that that was the whole width.
Snake Charmer (1978)
One of a series of cartoons produced by Boris. Given the similarity to two other cartoons from his Nasty Sketchbook project I would guess that was the intended purpose behind this drawing.
Snake Queen / Snake Warrior (2003)
Ult_Ill.095 This is preliminary artwork for a Franklin Mint project. I'm not familiar with any product using this design so it may not have proceeded any further than the design stage.

Boris apparently based his design on one of Julie's calendar paintings.

Although the published version is unsigned (as is my thumbnail too) I have seen a copy which does carry a signature and date.

Snake Sisters (1979)
The final drawing in the Midnight Angels portfolio series, this was used as Plate 6.

This may well have been the inspiration for Snake Women in his original Mirage collection.

Snake Women (1981)
B3.42
Mirage
Painted for Mirage.

You may like to compare this with Plate 6 of the Midnight Angels collection which provided the inspiration for this painting.

So What?
1982-Dec
B4.37
CD1
Diva.027
FAT.040
FABV.033
FPG.05
Ult_Coll.070
Painted for Portal Publications for use as a wall poster. In addition it was also used as the cover for The Fantastic Art of Boris Vallejo.

The common title Primeval Princess is straight-forward enough but I must admit to being baffled by the title So What? used in Diva.

Painted 1977.

Soap (1981)
B2.01
BoB.15
CD1
FAT 15
Mirage
This piece, from Mirage, is entitled Counterfeit Lover in FAT, but Soap elsewhere.

This piece shows a quite extraordinary virtuosity in the depiction of the soap bubbles, as shown by the detail taken from the back of the lady's leg.

Soap Bubble (2013)
The model in this painting appears to be Julie Bell so it is no surprise to learn that Boris painted it for his personal enjoyment.

See Façade for the censored version used in the 2014 Fantasy Calendar.

Soaring Higher
2016-Dec One of the paintings from the 2016 Fantasy Calendar but I have no additional information for this artwork.
Sojourn (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.

Soldier Boy (1981)
Cover art for Soldier Boy by Michael Shaara (Timescape, 1982) an anthology of short stories. The title story was originally puplished in the July 1953 edition of Galaxy Science Fiction.
Some Summer Lands (1979)
B2.87
CD1
Cover for Some Summer Lands (Pocket, 1979,) by Jane Gaskell, the 5th and final book in her Atlan Saga.
Song of Steel (2011)
2012-Mar
Dland.186
This painting was featured in the 2012 Fantasy Calendar but I do not know whether or not if it was specially painted for that purpose
Song of the Lizard (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.
The Sorceress
B3.57
CD1
FAT91
WOB.8
1982-Feb
Cover for Conan the Freebooter by Robert E Howard & L Sprague de Camp.

All the sources, except Fantasy Art Techniques, give the title as The Freebooter.

Painting is undated.

The Sorceress and the Dragon (1989)
B2.62
CD1
1990-Dec
Painted for the 1990 Mythology Calendar.

The photo shoot was done on an extremely hot day, and the female model had actually passed out when the reference photo was taken - there's realism and dedication!

Sorceress of Passion (1997)
This is one of a number done for Franklin Mint and used for a series of limited edition pocket knives.
Sorceress of the Universe (1999)
Knife Painted for the first Franklin Mint series of collectible knives.
Sorceress of the Universe (2002)
2004-Centre This version of the 2009 painting Sorceress of the Universe was (digitally?) modified for the 2004 Fantasy Calendar centrepiece.
The Sorceress of the Waves (1999)
SG
Imagix
Knife
A painting for the Franklin Mint series of Fantasy Collector's Knives.
The Sorceress' Apprentice (1979)
One of the pen and ink drawings used for the Midnight Angels portfolio. This particular one was used for Plate 3.
Sorceress / The Sorceress Bird (2005)
Ult_Ill.019 Commissioned by a mother as a gift for her daughter who had a liking for witches.
The Sorceror (1982)
1985-Jul Cover for the 6th Red Sonja novel Star of Doom by David C Smith & Richard L Tierney (Ace Books, 1983.)
Sorna of the Ax People (1997)
1999-Oct Painted for the 1999 Fantasy Calemdar.
Soul Stealer / The Soulstealer War (2007) (BJ)
Dland.142 Wraparound cover art for The First Mother's Fire, book one in W L Hoffman's The Soulstealer War series (Dog Ear Publishing, 2007).

You may want to check out The Splintering Realm for the cover of the second book in the series.

Space and Time (1994)
BJ.49
1996-Sept
Dreams.047
Painted for the 1996 Fantasy Calendar.

September '96 image. Offered for sale on the official Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell Web site under the title Dannie.

Space Arachnoid (1979)
B4.32
CD1
Cover art for The Web Between the Worlds by Charles Sheffield (Ace Books, 1979.)
Space Captive (1986)
B2.81
CD1
Advertising image for Chess King clothing stores.
Space Colonies
B4.69
CD1
This was the cover for Colony by Ben Bova (Pocket Books, 1978.)

The painting is undated.

Space Guardian (1978)
B1.39
Beasts
FAT 101
October, 1997
Cover art for The Space Guardian by Max Daniels (Pocket Books, 1978.)
Space Station (1988)
An advertisement for former body-bulder Joe Weider's range of fitness supplements, this was one of several such paintings by Boris.
Space Warp (1994)
BJ.49
1996-Sept
Dreams.047
Painted for the 1996 Fantasy Calendar.

September '96 image. Offered for sale on the official Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell Web site under the title Dannie.

Spawn of the Winds (1978)
Boris2
B3.07
CD1
1980-Feb
Cover art for Spawn of the Winds by Brian Lumley (Jove, 1978.)
Spear Maiden (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.
Spell (2006)
Dland.178 Cover art for the comic/novelette Oz Wonderland Chronicles #2 by Ben Avery (BuyMeToys.com, 2007.) The painting shows the lead characters Dorothy and Alice with the Wicked Witch in the background.
Spheres in Space (1993)
B4.23 Cover for Empire Builders (Tor Books, 1993) by Ben Bova.
Sphinx (1984)
B2.73
CD1
Enchantment
1986-Aug
Painted as an illustration for the story of the same name in Enchantment.
Sphinx (1990)
B3.C6
CD1
1992-Jan
Painted for the 1992 Mythology Calendar.
The Spider's Web
CD1
FAT 36
WOB.2
1983-Oct
A book cover for The Mountain Monster, a Doc Savage book, published by Bantam Books.

Painting undated.

Spider-Man: Flag of Convenience (1996)
MM96.45 One of four paintings of Spider-Man Boris produced for the Marvel Masterpieces '96 trading card set, this one shows him in a classic pose.
Spider-Man (1996)
MM96.87 Another of the many paintings produced for the Marvel Masterpieces 1996 trading card set and one of the two portraits of Spider-Man painted by Boris.
Spider-Man vs the Sinister Six Plus the Green Goblin (BJ)
This rather crowded painting was a private commission.
Spider-Man Leap (1996)
MM96.85 The other portrait of Spider-Man painted by Boris for the Marvel Masterpieces 1996 trading card set.
Spider-Man vs Dr. Octopus (1996)
MM96.64/65 One of the many paintings produced for the Marvel Masterpieces 1996 trading card set, this painting was split between two cards with Spider-Man being on card 64 and Dr Octopus being on card 65.
Spider-Woman (1996)
MM96.46 One more portrait produced for the Marvel Masterpieces 1996 trading card set,
Spike (2004)
This portrait of Spike (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame) was commissioned for the trading card set Spike: The Complete Story (Inkworks, 2005.) It was used for the nine card Heart & Soul 'puzzle' (in the 'jigsaw' sense) subset, which was also produced as an uncut mini/press sheet, and the autograph card.

The painting is based upon a 20th Century Fox publicity photograph.

Spirit of Ecstasy (1998)
One of the paintings for the Franklin Mint series of fantasy knives.
The Spirit of the Storm (2000)
CD2
TwinV.086
Ult_Coll.156
Knife
One of the 17 paintings produced for the Franklin Mint series of Fantasy Collector's Knives.
Spiritual Seer
2019-Aug This is an enhanced version of Boris' 2017 Figure Study produced for the 2019 Fantasy Calendar.
Spiritus Vitae (2013)
The model in this painting appears to be Julie Bell so it is no surprise to learn that Boris painted it for his personal enjoyment.

See Façade for the censored version used in the 2014 Fantasy Calendar.

The Splintering Realm (BJ)
Wraparound cover art for The Splintering Realm, book two in W L Hoffman's The Soulstealer War series (Dog Ear Publishing, 2018). Unfortunately I do not have an image of the artwork so, until one becomes available, you'll have to be content with a copy of the book's front cover.

The painting for book one of the series may be found at The First Mother's Fire.

Spoor (1980)
Mirage A painting from Mirage.
Spring Garden 1981
B2.88
BoB.83
CD1
Mirage
Painted for Mirage.
Squire (BJ)
2014.Dec
Dland.133
Cover art for Eldin of Yashor by C Tyler Storm (Langdon Street Press, 2009.)
Staff of Death
Cover art for the March 1975 edition, issue #2, of the magazine Weird Tales of the Macabre, it provides a graphic illustration of the story Staff of Death.

Although it is undated it was probably painted in 1974.

Stalking the Unicorn (1986)
B4.86 Cover art for Stalking the Unicorn: A Fable of Tonight by Mike Resnick (Tor Books, 1987.)
Stallion (1980)
B2.77 Not one of the usual Boris subjects - the trading card gives no information about the painting's purpose.
Stallions in the Sky (2003)
2005-Dec Featured in the 2005 Fantasy Calendar.
Standing Tall (2017)
2019-Jan Although it is featured in the 2019 Fantasy Calendar it was clearly not painted for that purpose. The proportions of this painting show that it was painted for another purpose since, as well as being cropped on either side, the top had to be stretched to produce the square calendar image.
Standoff (2009) (BJ)
2014-Jun My original understanding was that this was promotional artwork for the movie John Carter of Mars but it transpires that it was actually a private commission.

The painting was used for the month of June in the 2014 Fantasy Calendar.

The Standoff (BJ)
2015-Oct This is a version of the book cover painting Beastmaster: Myth which has been modified for use in the 2015 Fantasy Calendar. Unusually the modification was not for the sake of modesty but to remove a corvid originally placed to the left of the monster's head.
Star Control (1991)
B2.40
BoB.19
CD1
Cover for the video game Star Control (Accolade, 1990.)

All the images that I've seen are unsigned and, hence, undated but the autographed print available from the Imaginistix website (before it was redesigned in 2015) is signed and dated 1991 but the video game was released a year earlier than that! Another case of a piece being retrospectively signed with the wrong year? Or was it used for a later release on a different platform?.

Star Crossed (1987)
B1.82
CD1
Cover art for Starcrossed by Ben Bova (Ace Books, 1988.)
Star Fantasy (1996)
CIS.4 Previously unpublished, this is described as a tribute by Boris to the sf (science fiction/fantasy) genre.
Star of Doom (1982)
1985-Jul Cover for the 6th Red Sonja novel Star of Doom by David C Smith & Richard L Tierney (Ace Books, 1983.)
Star Probe (1978)
B2.79
CD1
Cover art for Star Probe by Joseph Green (Ace Books, 1978.)
Star Trek (1983)
CD1 Cover for the Star Trek novel The Wounded Sky by Diane E Duane (Pocket Books, 1983.)

The story was later adapted into a teleplay for the first series of Star Trek: The Next Generation under the title Where No One Has Gone Before.

Star Trek: Phaser Fight
Cover art for the Star Trek book Star Trek: Phaser Fight by Scott & Barbara Siegel (Pocket Books, 1986.)

Intended for the younger reader, this book differs from the usual novel in that it is a text adventure. The reader is presented with a series of narratives which end with them having to choose between a few courses of action (eg 'Run', 'Fight' or 'Do nothing.') The story resumes at a new page dictated by the particular choice. In this way a variety of different outcomes to the story are possible, not all of them being successful ones however.

Star Wars - preliminary (1993)
This is a colour rough produced for the Topps Star Wars Galaxy 2 trading card set. Unfortunately the image was not selected for inclusion in the set so, one assumes, Boris did not proceed with the final painting. However, this artwork was featured on the reverse of card #291 of Topps' Star Wars Galaxy 3 set.

Although the original painting was never produced the design was nevertheless adapted for the 1996 painting Combat Manoeuvres.

Star Wars (1994)
'94 This was Boris' only contribution to the 275 trading card set Star Wars Galaxy Two (Topps, 1994.)

As well as being used in the Illustrators of Star Wars subset it was also used as the box art, to advertise the set and on the cover of a book about the set.

Starbridge (1989)
B4.68 Wrap-around cover for Starbridge by A C Crispin (Ace Books, 1989.)

That background is inspired by the M-42 nebula.

Steel Draw (1992)
B4.09
Dland.027
Cover for Battletech: Main Event (Penguin/Roc, 1993) by James D Long.
Steel Warrior (1989)
B4.85 This looks to have been intended as a video game cover but it was unpublished prior to its inclusion in this card set.

It was stolen en route to be framed but I do not know whether this was the reason it was never published.

Stella / Stellar #1
Boris Cover art for Stellar #1 (Ballantine, 1977,) a science fiction anthology edited by Judy-Lynn del Rey.

Painted 1976.

Step into Eos (2004) (BJ)
2006-Jan A joint Boris/Julie painting from the 2006 Fantasy Calendar.
Step into the Unknown
2022.Centre Originally appearing on Boris and Julie's website borisjulie.com under the title Upside Down I surmised that it might be intended for the 2022 Fantasy Calendar. This has since proved to be correct when it was used for the centrepiece under the new title Step into the Unknown.
Steppe (1985)
B1.60
BoB.46
CD1
FPG.50
Cover art for Steppe by Piers Anthony.
Steroid Jesus (1969)
This is a private piece painted by Boris for his own amusement on a spare piece of board. At least, that is what the seller said when it was offered for sale on eBay. More recently I came across an alternative story saying that boris had acquired an empty frame that he particulary liked and that this painting was produced for that frame.

I'm uncertain whether or not this is by Boris but my own view is that if it is by him then it's not one of his best - the musculature seems to be rather overdone and the shading is not what I've come to expect.

Steve
B2.18
CD1
FABV
Cover art for Rolind of Meru by Peter Lyle (Avon, 1977.)

I received an email from August, who I presume to be female, who says (in part): '… my brother's name is Steve. My mother used to teach Boris' wife horse-back riding lessons… and thus, the year I was born, Boris created this painting of him. However, he does not have a twin as the picture portrays.".

Painted 1976.

Stolti Mortali!
2019-Mar Apparently the cover art for the 2016 Italian language book Stolti Mortali! by the italian auther known as Nerdheim. It was also used in the 2019 Fantasy Calendar.
Stone Idol
B1.53
CD1
FABV
WOB.22
1982-Sep
Book cover for The Best of Leigh Brackett by Leigh Brackett (Ballantine Books, 1978) which is, as you might suppose, a collection of short stories. The particular story illustrated here is Enchantress of Venus.

In addition to being an author, Leigh Bracket was also a well respected screenwriter, working on many well successful movies including, shortly before her death, The Empire Strikes Back.

Painted 1997.

Stone Warrior (2005) (BJ)
Ult_Ill.124 You might want to compare this piece with the 1984 painting Conan the Triumphant. The particular client requested a drawing based on the earlier work although it should be noted that this time it is a joint Boris/Julie collaboration rather than a solo Boris artwork. The difference between the two designs is deliberate as Boris finds it tedious to copy the same design.
Storm (1994)
'94 Painted for the Fleer X-Men '95 Ultra trading card set and featured as card #104 (part of the X-Men Gold Team subset.)
Storm (1995)
MM96.DI5
CD2
This painting of Storm was produced for the Marvel Masterpieces 1996 trading card set.
Storm in the Danger Room (1994)
'94 One of several paintings produced for the Fleer X-Men '95 Ultra trading card set this was used for card #9 of the Sinister Observations chase card set.
Strangers from the Sky (1987)
Cover artwork for the Star Trek novel Strangers from the Sky by Margaret Wander Bonanno (Pocket Books, 1987.)
Street Closed (1986)
B4.19 Advertising image for the Chess King line of clothing stores.
Strife in the Sky () (BJ)
2005-Oct This is a digital image produced for the 2005 Fantasy Calendar. The base image is The Evil Twin which has been combined with several overlaid images. Of course, this assumes that that image itself isn't a composite one!
The Student (2000)
2002-Feb This was apparently painted for the 2002 Fantasy Calendar.

You may like to compare this with Tarzan, the cover painting for the 1978 calendar, with which this one bears a distinct similarity.

Strange Evil (1979)
Cover art for Jane Gaskell's first novel Strange Evil which was written when she was 14 years old. It was published a few years after in 1957 – clearly this painting was used for a later edition.
Summit (1994)
BJ.66 Wrap-around book cover for Penguin: Summit by Edward Myers.
The Sun Goddess (1999)
SG.053
FFW.098
Knife
Painted for the Franklin Mint series of Fantasy Collector's Knives.
Sunai (1994)
AC.2
BJ.06
1996-Mar
This appears to be the painting Summit which has been overpainted to create a new image for inclusion in the 1996 Fantasy Calendar.

The model for this painting was Julie Bell, Boris' wife.

Sunfish
2020-Oct Featured in the 2020 Fantasy Calendar, the square format suggests that this was painted specifically for that purpose.

The painting is undated but was probably painted in about 2018.

Sunrise (1998)
SG.033
Dreams.058
Cover art for The Guardian (Bantam Books, 1998) by Angus Wells.
Sunset Attack (1987)
B3.64 Unused promotional piece for a movie of the same name. The male figure was posed by Paul Hogan of Crocodile Dundee fame. At least, thats what it says on the card but it was actually used for the movie Sweet Revenge, a 1987 Roger Corman film.
Suntan Bed
BJ.18
Sketch.110
Preliminary sketch for a sunbed advertisement. Unfortunately the final painting was not produced due to cancellation of the product.
Superhero (1996)
A drawing of generic superhero drawn for a fan at the 1996 San Diego Comic Con.
Superhero Man (1995)
This was painted as a t-shirt design but was never used. Boris later added a background and used the painting in the 1998 calendar under the title Shaligar.
Superman vs Darkseid: When Titans Clash (2015) (BJ)
This is a private commission showing Superman battling one of his greatest antagonists Darkseid.
The Supreme Goddess (1995)
BJ.01
1996-Apr
Painted for the 1996 Fantasy Calendar.
Surfer (2012) (BJ)
2013-Feb A joint Boris/Julie painting from the 2013 Fantasy Calendar.
Suzle (1993)
B4.medallion
BJ.59
1994-Nov
Painted for the 1994 Mythology Calendar.

The Suzle, voluptuous creatures of Siberian mythology, were hatched from eggs, and gave beauty and sensuality to the people of the earth. The Nydan, wormlike creatures with poisonous spikes, were envious of the Suzle and wanted to destroy them by making their warm hearts cold. The Nydan were eventually defeated when the envy of one of the worms turned to love, and in order to save the Suzle, it destroyed itself and all of the other Nydan.

Modelled by Julie Bell's sister Suzanne.

The card sets identify the image as Suzzle. The spelling in the recounting of the myth differs.

Sweet Chastity (1997)
Illustration of Sweet Chastity for the September 1997 edition of Penthouse Comix.

Sweet Chastity is the innocent, pink-haired heroine of the eponymous strip-cartoon series in the magazine who, inevitably, ends up in a state of undress. For this particular edition, six artists (Boris, Julie Bell and four others) were each asked to paint a pin-up of her and this was Boris' interpretation of her.

Sweet Memories (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.

Sweet Revenge (1987)
B3.64 Unused promotional piece for a movie of the same name. The male figure was posed by Paul Hogan of Crocodile Dundee fame. At least, thats what it says on the card but it was actually used for the movie Sweet Revenge, a 1987 Roger Corman film.
Sword Excel™ (2003)
Advertisement for Sword Excel™ thermal printing plates for the Kodak company.

This was the second painting for this same product. I don't have a copy that artwork but see The Conqueror Comes for a modified version.

Sword Fight (1980)
B2.83
CD1
FAT 38
Book cover for Ace Books: Flash Gordon #2: War of the Citadels by David Hagberg.
Sword of Fate (2005) (BJ)
Drawn as cover for Full Cirkle II Sum of Parts #1 (Full Cirkle Press, 2007.)

As is commonly the case, the magazine used a colourised version of the artwork on the cover. Usually the original artist has no say in how the work is colourised.

The artwork was also available as part of a limited edition of six prints.

See Magic Cloak and Victory Dance for the other two covers in the series.

Swords and Fangs / Swords and Serpents - prelim
BJ.47 One of the alternative concept sketches for the video game project resulting in Swords & Serpents.

Presumably sketched 1990.

Swords and Serpents (1990)
B2.76
BoB.47
CD1
Painted as cover for the video game of the same name (Acclaim Entertainment, 1990,) a project which cost Boris money as the client refused to pay the full bill. The lawyer's fees for the recovery of the money were more than the value of the project.
Swordsman (1982)
B1.13
CD1
FPG.41
WOB.10
I hold no information for this painting.
Sylphids (2009)
2010-May This painting was featured in the 2010 Fantasy Calendar.


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