The Borisography: T

T Rex (1992)
B4.03 Painted for a German advertising campaign with the slogan "the big ones are back."
T-Rex and Spaceship (1987)
Not evident at this scale is that the Tyrannosaurus rex is about to gobble up a spacecraft.
Tail End (1994)
Take no Prisoners (1981)
FAT 25
Record cover for Take no Prisoners (CBS, 1981) by the group Molly Hatchet.
Tales for the Fallen Magician (1998)
2000-Jan Magazine illustration for an article about the video game Might and Magic VII (which also features a Boris cover.) This painting was subsequently used in the 2000 Fantasy Calendar.
Tales of Fausseah (2008)
2010-Jan One of the artworks used in the 2010 Fantasy Calendar.
Talisman (1983)
Cover of More Magic (edited) by Larry Niven (Berkely, 1984.) This is the third book in the Larry Niven 'Magic' series.
Talisman (1984)
FAT 52 Cover art for Broken Stone by Richard Monaco (Ace Books, 1985) the second book in his two-part Leitus series. See Runes for the cover art for book #1.

The painting is undated but as the book was published in January 1985 I think it safe to assume that it was painted in 1984.

Talisman (1994)
BoB.89 A fairy preserved in a piece of amber and used as a paperweight.

Cover art for Talisman (Penguin/Roc, 1994,) a collection of stories in the Earth Dawn series, edited by Sam Lewis.

Tamar's Vision (2004) (BJ)
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.)
Taming of the River Horse (2001) (BJ)
2003-Feb This painting was used for the month of February in the 2003 Fantasy Calendar. It was also used for the cover in some (foreign?) versions of the calendar.
Tara (1997)
1998-Sep Painted for the 1998 Fantasy Calendar.
Tarnsman of Gor
Book cover for Tarnsman of Gor (Ballantine, 1976) by John Norman. This was the first book of a (then) seven book series for which Boris painted all the covers - it should be noted however that other artists painted the covers for earlier editions of the books.

Painted, per FABV, in 1976.

Tarr and Ferna: The Queen's Tale (1999)
Apparently painted for the 2000 Fantasy Calendar.
Tarzan (1987)
1978-Front Painted as the cover for the 1978 Tarzan Calendar and was also used on the mailing box.

The painting is undated but it is known that it was painted together with seven (that's right - a total of eight) other Tarzan paintings in March 1977! If you think that's a lot of paintings for one month I should add that Boris also did one other painting in the same month.

Tarzan and La at the City of 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.

Tarzan and the Ant Men (1976)
1978-Aug Book cover for Tarzan and the Ant Men by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Ballantine Books, 1976.)
Tarzan and the Castaways (1977)
Book cover for Tarzan and the Castaways by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Ballantine Books, 1977.)
Tarzan and the Forbidden City (1977)
1978-Mar Book cover for Tarzan and the Forbidden City by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Ballantine Books, 1977.)
Tarzan and the Foreign Legion (1976)
1978-Nov Book cover for Tarzan and the Foreign Legion by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Ballantine Books, 1976.)
Tarzan and the Golden Lion (1977)
1978-Dec Book cover for Tarzan and the Golden Lion by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Ballantine Books, 1977.)
Tarzan and the Lost Empire (1976)
1978-Apr Book cover for Tarzan and the Lost Empire by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Ballantine Books, 1976.)
Tarzan and the Madman (1977)
1978-Jan Book cover for Tarzan and the Madman by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Ballantine Books, 1977.)
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (1976)
Book cover for Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Ballantine Books, 1976.)
Tarzan the Magnificent (1977)
1978-May Book cover for Tarzan the Magnificent by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Ballantine Books, 1977.)
Tarzan the Terrible (1976)
1978-Oct Book cover for Tarzan the Terrible by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Ballantine Books, 1976.)
Tarzan, the Untamed (1976)
Book cover for Tarzan, the Untamed by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Ballantine Books, 1976.)
Tarzan's Quest (1977)
1978-Sep Book cover for Tarzan's Quest by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Ballantine Books, 1977.)
Tattoo (1981)
FAT 14
Portfolio 9
This image was so much admired by a client that he requested a similar image to advertise his product. The result was Handful.

Here's a close-up of the tattoo to help you appreciate the amazing artistry involved.

Taurus (1987)
B4.64 Executed for Consumer Reports magazine.
Taurus, the Bull (1987)
1988 Calendar
One of the pictures for the 1988 Zodiac Calendar.
The Tears of the Singers
One of a number of Star Trek novels for which Boris painted covers, this time The Tears of the Singers by Melinda Snodgrass (Pocket Books, 1984.)

No signature or date is visible – I suspect that they were lost due to cropping of the picture.

The Teasers (2011)
2013-Jun This painting was used for June in the 2013 Fantasy Calendar.
Teefa and the Butterflies (1998)
1999-Jul Painted for the 1999 Fantasy Calendar.
Teefa's Dream (1997)
1999-Aug Painted for the 1999 Fantasy Calendar.
Tek Lab (1991)
Cover for Tek Lab by William Shatner, published by Berkely Books.
Tek Lords (1990)
BJ.70 Cover for one of William Shatner's Tek books, in this case Tek Lords (Ace Books, 1991.)

Boris has done cover paintings for several of these books.

Tek Power (1994)
BJ.70 Cover for William Shatner's Tek Power.
Tek Secret (1993)
This is the cover for William Shatner's Tek Secret (Ace/Putnam. 1993.)
Tek Vengeance (1992)
This is the cover for William Shatner's Tek Vengeance (Ace/Putnam. 1993.)
Tek War (1989)
Cover of William Shatner's Tek War. The hardcover version has the full painting, the paperback has the left half only.
Telly Savalas
Boris1.05 I'm guessing that this drawing might have been part of Boris' portfolio when he arrived in the USA in 1964.
Temple (2007) (BJ)
A private commission, this painting was the subject of a competiton, on Boris and Julie's old Paint & Brush blog, whereby people were invited to guess which parts were painted by each of the two artists.
Temptation (BJ)
One of a number of advertising paintings done for Nike, the sports outfitters.

According to Imaginistix this is a composite image with the figure of LeBron James actually being a photo.

Temptation (2005)
2007-Nov This painting was used for the month of Novenber in the 2007 Fantasy Calendar.
This work was painted by Boris for his own pleasure, rather than as a commission. In the Artist's Choice set it is entitled Julie, and in Comic Images Supreme it is entitled 10+++, which is a touching evaluation by Boris of his wife.
Tenacious D (2006) (BJ)
Dland.176 An active, humourous, portrait of the comedy rock duo Tenacious D.

I have no information about the painting but surmise that it was produced for an article about the group in the December 2006 edition of the magazine Maxim, thereby giving rise to one of its alternative titles.

Tender Loving Care (1996)
ABV.097 One of two paintings Boris produced for an exhibition of erotic art. The other artwork was Rings.
Teresa (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.

Thanos (1996)
MM96.48 Another of Boris' paintings for the Marvel Masterpieces 1996 trading card set.
They Came from the Stars (2007)
2009-Jan A painting from the 2009 Fantasy Calendar.
Thiassi Abducting Idun (1987)
This was painted for the 1989 Mythology Calendar.

Norse Mythology: Idun, Goddess of Youth, was carried off by Thiassi the Giant in the guise of an eagle. Thiassi had plotted this abduction with Loki in order to wrest the Golden Apples of Youth from Idum. But deprived of their precious fruit, the Gods began to wither and age. Therefore, they decreed that the traitorous but resourceful Loki (disguised as a falcon and under threat of painful death) rescue Idum and bring her back to the safety of Asgard, where she might again tend the tree on which the apples grew.

A jewellery company made a one-of-a-kind gold pendant based on this image and gave it to Boris as a gift. They had contemplated a line of pendants based on Boris' work, but the project was not completed.

Thief (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.

Thing (1995)
One of the paintings for the Marvel Masterpieces 1996 trading card set.
Things Better Unmet (1995)
This was painted for the 1996 Fantasy Calendar.
Thirst (1984)
Illustration for a story with the same title in Enchantment.

Detail is given of the little brown splodge: .

Thor / Thor's Hammer (1996)
Another painting for the Marvel Masterpieces 1996 trading card set.
Thor and Krungnir (1988)
A painting for the 1989 Mythology Calendar.

Norse Mythology: In a moment of drunkenness, Krungnir the Giant challenged Thor the Thunder God to a fight. Krungnir then decided to improve his chances of defeating Thor by having an even larger giant (nine miles and one furlong high) built out of clay. During the confrontation, Krungnir hurled a huge whetstone at Thor. But he had not counted on Thor's magic hammer, which collided with the whetstone, smashed it to bits, and went on to cleave Krungnir's skull in two. The clay man, seeing this, trembled so violently that he disintegrated into dust.

Thor vs the Silver Surfer (2015)
A private commission, this painting is based on the cover art for the February 1969 edition of Silver Surfer. The artist responsible for that cover was Boris' friend John Buscema.
Thorma (1994)
A painting for the 1996 Fantasy Calendar.

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

Three Furies (1997)
1998-Feb Painted for the 1998 Fantsay Calendar.
Three Kittens
Painted for the 1991 Mythology Calendar.
The Three Musketeers (1993)
B4.59 Modelled by Boris' son Dorian.
Three of Pentacles (2010)
Tarot One more painting from the Tarot series which was published in the January 2011 edition of Heavy Metal magazine.

This is as close to a family protrait as we're likely to get, the models being Julie Bell, Boris (violin) and Julie's two sons Anthony and David Palumbo. They are also the four artists responsible for the Tarot series of paintings. Although Boris, his first wife Doris and their two children, Maya and Dorian, often featured in his paintings I not aware of them ever appearing together in a family group.

Three-Headed Hydra
2020-May Apparently painted for the 2020 Fantasy Calendar.

Workman Puzzles (that's the same Workman as produces the calendars) have brought out a 26⅜" x 18⅞" (W x H) puzzle utilising this painting. However, apart from cropping the top and bottom of the picture they have also stretched the left and right edges to produce the horizontal format.

Through the Reality Warp
Cover for Through the Reality Warp by Donald J Pfell, published by Ballantine Books.

The illustration in FABV seems to exhibit some damage to the sky area. This is now of academic importance since recent images show that the top of painting has been removed leaving it with an approximate 3:4 aspect ratio.

The female model was Boris' first wife, Doris.

Painted 1976.

Thytonese (1991)
Painted for the 1992 Mythology Calendar wherein it is entitled The Pythoness but the name Thytonese is used on the trading card - this strikes me as being not so much a typing error but more a case of somebody not being able to read someone else's writing.
Thuu of Glamit (1998)
1999-Jan Painted for the 1999 Fantasy Calendar.
The Tides of Time (1994)
BJ.20 Cover for the video game Ecco: The Tides of Time (Sega, 1994,) the second game of the series.
Time is a Dream (1993)
Painting for the 1995 Fantasy Calendar.
The Time Warp (1986)
B4.81 Advertising campaign painting for Chess King Clothing.
Tinirau (1992)
Painted for the 1993 Mythology Calendar.

Polynesian Mythology: Tinirau was a god of the ocean and fish, also known as "the swallower". He had a love affair with the golden Sun Goddess, Hina.

To Fly Away
B4.84 Preliminary sketch for a European project which was never completed.
To Sail Beyond the Sunset (1987)
This picture is the cover art for Robert Heinlein's To Sail Beyond The Sunset (Ace/Putnam, 1987.) The painting is inspired by roman mythology whereby Venus, the counterpart of the Greek Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, was born in the ocean and borne to land on a seashell.
To the End (2007)
2008-May A painting from the 2008 Fantasy Calendar.
To Walk the Night
Cover art for To Walk the Night by Jane Land (Ballantine, 1976.)

This is an early piece of a genre Boris is not fond of (because of the excess of clothing.) Book cover for Ballantine Books.

Painted 1976.

To Wonder If (2009)
2010-Jul A painting from the 2010 Fantasy Calendar.
CIS.5 Painted for a Michelob beer ad. Ultimately, this proved to be a controversial artwork and was not used: examination of the character's left hand shows the crushed can of a competitor's product!

The painting is signed but not dated.

The Toast of the Town
FABV Cover for Ballantine Books: Toast of the Town by Alice Chetwynd Ley.

Painted 1976.

The Toll (2012) (BJ)
2014-May This painting was used in the 2014 Fantasy Calendar. I think the title says all you need to know about the artwork.
Tono the Invincible (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.
Toolbox (2003) (BJ)
FW.112 This is presumably a promotional piece but I am unable to ascertain exactly who it was for.

Currently, a slightly modified, monochrome, version is the registered trademark for the Texan company Kirkland Audio LLC, under their brandname Probox. Though the company was created in 2013 it is possible that their predecessor was Boris and Julie's original client but I have been unable to establish whether this is actually the case.

Tooth and Nail
2017-Jan The classic Beauty and the Beast theme gets a new treatment in this painting from the 2017 Fantasy Calendar.
The Torchbearers (1985)
Portfolio 1
Painted for the 1987 Fantasy Olympics Calendar.
Torches in the Woods (1993)
B4.15 Boris himself posed for this painting which was used as the cover for Poisoned Memories (Penguin/Roc, 1994) by Christopher Kubasik.
The Tormentors (2011)
2013-Jun This painting was used for June in the 2013 Fantasy Calendar.
After the success of Mirage it was suggested that Boris undertake a similar project based on the male, as opposed to the female, body. This drawing was the first artwork for the new project but it foundered because he found that his "…heart wasn't in it."
Totem Pole (1981)
Mirage, as originally published, contained 29 colour plates but was intended to have 30: this is the missing painting. It was omitted from the final book because the publishers thought it too risqué but clearly the editors of the French version had no such reservations.
Touch of Freedom (2008)
2009-Centre This painting was used for the centrepiece of the 2009 Fantasy Calendar.
Tower (1985)
Cover for Voyagers II: The Alien Within (Tor Books, 1988) by Ben Bova.

The sources for this image show a curious white object, at the start of the road leading to the tower, which is missing from the book cover. Closer examination reveals what appears to be a piece of (self adhesive?) paper that had become attached to the painting!

Trading (2005)
2007-Oct A painting from the 2007 Fantasy Calendar.
Tragedy Falls (2005) (BJ)
2007-Apr This is a modified version of My Love used in the 2007 Fantasy Calendar.

Curiously, the Boris & Julie website has this listed as being by Julie Bell whilst the original artwork is listed as a joint production (and was signed to this effect in the original advertisements.) I have since discovered that when used on the cover of the Spring 2009 edition of Heavy Metal it was also accredited to the two artists so I am confident that the artwork should appear in this index.

The Trail (2007) (BJ)
I have no information concerning the purpose of this painting but a version of it, suitably censored, was used for the 2013 Fantasy Calendar under the title The Journey.
The Trail of Mama Ocllo (2010)
I don't know the purpose for the painting, it definitely wasn't painted for the 2015 Fantasy Calendar which it predates by four years.

According to Peruvian legend, Mama Ocllo and her consort Manco Cápac were the founders of the Inca empire. Boris' painting depicts an entirely non-legendry meeting between the couple and a dragon, taking place at Machu Picchu.

See Manco Cápac and Mama Ocllo for Boris' 1988 calendar painting of the duo.

The Trash Collector (2004)
2006-May A painting from the 2006 Fantasy Calendar. The placement of the signature (not readily discerned in my thumbnail) near the lower middle suggests it might have been intended for the calendar.

The painting also appears in the book Fantasy Art Now edited by Martin McKenna (I L E X, 2007) for which Boris wrote the foreward.

Various illustrations of the painting have been stretched at the top (and, I suspect, at the bottom) to change an almost square painting into a vertical format. Not only that, the point at which the stretching commences varies from one source to another – two examples are shown together with the original (on the left.)

Tree of Death
Cover art for ussue #5 of The Savage Sword of Conan (April 1975.)

The commission for this cover was originally given to Boris' friend John Buscema who was responsible for drawing Conan on the cross. He did not however feel comfortable with the painting so Marvel asked Boris to complete the design and paint it.

The painting is undated but would have been completed either at the end of 1974 or early in 1975.

The Tree of Death (1979)
FAT 33
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.
Triangle (1982)
Cover art for the Star Trek novel Triangle, co-authored by Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath (Pocket Books, 1983.)
The Triton and the Mermaid (1981)
Painted for Mirage.
The Troll (1977)
FAT 89
Book cover for Broken Sword by Poul Anderson (Del Rey Books, 1977.) The subtitle The Troll is given along with the quoted title in the Boris II card set.

The painting is, atypically, not dated, but the card set gives the year 1971 whilst the 1981 calendar says 1977. The latter date is in keeping with the publication of the book so I have assumed it to be correct.

Trouser Snake (1979)
Boris enjoys cartooning and is always doing so in idle moments, on whatever pieces of paper are available, but the results ultimately get discarded. In 1979 he made a concerted effort to produce a book of nasty sketches and this is one of the results. Sadly the project never got completed.
Trusted Companions (2018)
2020-Aug This is a version of Game of Dragons modified for use in the 2020 calendar.
A Tumultuous Sea
2021-May One of the paintings from the 2021 Fantasy Calendar. The calendar says: A glowing peak lights the way for siren sisters, but what dangers do those creatures portend?
Turnabout (1980)
Cover art for the February 1980 edition of Questar magazine which, unusually for Boris, is a coloured sketch rather than the usual painting.

The title is evident from the scene depicted: a maiden on a dragon rescuing a helpless he-man from the fearsome monster.

Turning Point (2005)
2006-Sep Taken from the 2006 Fantasy Calendar, I would guess this was not painted for that purpose.
Turrican (1991)
Cover art for the Sega Genesis version of the video game of the same name (Accolade, 1991.)

This is another painting that appeared on the old Imaginistix website as a Julie painting, complete with signature and dated 1991. The game's box clearly shows Boris' signature. My suspician is that the artwork is unsigned and that all signatures were added digitally. I think that the error arose because this painting bears a striking resemblance to Julie's painting Soldier of Tomorrow.

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary (2008) (BJ)
Dland.183 This was painted as an illustration for Maxim magazine. It commemorates the 25th anniversary of the movie National Lampoon's Vacation: Boris painted the original poster artwork which may be seen here.
Two Hawks from Earth (1978)
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.
Two of Cups (2010)
Tarot This classic painting, reminiscent of some of Boris' Alice Chetwynd Ley book covers from the 1970's, is one of the Tarot series produced for Heavy Metal Magazine. It was published in the July 2010 edition.
Two Travelers (2009)
2011-Mar Another calendar painting, this time from the 2011 Fantasy Calendar
Two Travelers (2010)
2012-Jan A painting from the 2012 Fantasy Calendar.
The Two-Headed Beast (1984)
Portfolio 21
This painting was conceived as an advertisement featuring a crate of beer which stood right where that rock in front of her left foot appears. Thanks to Bernard Rogers for drawing my attention to the sketch in Fantasy Art Techniques which reveals this. You can see a copy of the original artwork at Old Style Beer.
Ty Rex (1987)
Not evident at this scale is that the Tyrannosaurus rex is about to gobble up a spacecraft.
Tyrannosaurus Rex (1992)
B4.03 Painted for a German advertising campaign with the slogan "the big ones are back."

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