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Boris1.32 A sample of Boris' graphic art from Boris volume 1.
Waiting 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 no other information is available but I have since learned that it will appear in the 2022 calendar.

Waiting for the Angel (1997)
1999-Centre Although it featured in the 1999 Fantasy Calendar I believe this was painted for another (currently unknown) purpose.

For those of you who don't understand what you're seeing, the painting shows an angel flying towards you but the view of his/her body is obscured by the intervening girl (beautifully modelled by Julie Bell.)

This is another of those paintings that shows Boris' exquisite eye for detail as seen in the girl's hosiery.

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

Painting undated.

Wamth and Her World (1997)
1999-Mar Painted for the 1999 Fantasy Calendar.
The War Hound and the World's Pain (1985)
Cover art for a reprint of Michael Moorcock's 1981 novel The War Hound and the World's Pain (Pocket Books, 1985.) This was the first book in Moorcock's historical fantasy (Ulrich) von Bek trilogy.
War Machine (1996)
Painted for the Marvel Masterpieces 1996 (Fleer/Skybox, 1996) trading card set.
War of the Citadels (1980)
FAT 38
Book cover for Ace Books: Flash Gordon #2: War of the Citadels by David Hagberg.
War of the Wizards
The second of two paintings for the chinese film Wu zi tian shi executed by Boris. See the seperate entry under The Phoenix (the English title of the film) for a little more informatuon about the movie.

Describing this as the second painting is purely abitrary — I based it on the fact that this title was used for the video release of the movie (but I'm not altogether sure that it didn't have a cinematic release under this name too.)

Warrior (1977)
Book cover for Conan of Aquilonia by L Sprague de Camp & Lin Carter.
Warrior (1981)
Mirage Painted for Mirage.
Warrior Assault / Warrior's Assault (2009)
2011-Oct This energetic painting, a joint Boris and Julie piece, was used for the cover, and the month of October, of the 2011 Fantasy Calendar.
Warrior Beast of Hel (1985)
Cover art for Werebeasts of Hel by Asa Drake (Questar,1985) and the third book in his Bloodsong saga.

Asa Drake was a nom de plume and the book was subsequently reissued under the author's real name of C Dean Andersson and revised title of Warrior Beast of Hel.

The white-space at the lower left contained the signature and date on the original book cover but it was deleted from the later edition. My scan was taken from the latter because it was the only cover I could find that showed a complete horse (most covers are guillotined through its nose!).

Warrior of the Steppes (1992)
B4.52 Cover art for Battletech: The Price of Glory by William Keith Jr (Penguin/Roc, 1993.)
Warrior Queen (1986)
B4.89 Poster for the sexploitation movie Warrior Queen which was released in January 1987.
Warrior Queen (2002)
2005-Mar This painting was featured in the 2005 Fantasy Calendar and also used for the cover.
Warrior Rebel of Hel (1985)
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Cover art for Death Riders of Hel by Asa Drake (Quester, 1985) being the second book in his Bloodsong Saga.

The book was subsequently republished under the author's real name of C. Dean Andersson and a new title of Warrior Rebel of Hel.

Warrior Witch of Hel (1985)
Cover art for Warrior Witch of Hel by Asa Drake (Questar, 1985) and is the first book in his Bloodsong saga.

Asa Drake is a pseudonym of C Dean Andersson under which name the book has since been republished.

Warrior Women (1985)
FAT 79
As detailed here, this was painted as a poster for the Barbarian Queen film. Presumably at the producer's request, the original artwork was overpainted with the foreground mist and enhanced lightning. This work resulted in the signature being obliterated so it was re-signed and redated 1985. This later version was then used to promote the film although the original version was also subsequently used too!
Warriors (1998)
Sketch.052 This drawing appears in Sketchbook.
Wars in the Stars (1996)
CIS.4 Previously unpublished, this is described as Boris' tribute to the sf (science fiction/fantasy) genre. It is based on a design originally done for the Topps Star Wars Galaxy 2 trading card set which was never used but may be seen here.
Water (2002)
Ult_Ill.102 The second of Boris' two drawings for the traditional four elements set.

As detailed at Air the project behind the drawings, sadly, never reached completion.

Water Nymphs (1989)
Painted for the 1990 Mythology Calendar.

Greek Mythology.

This was painted for a cigarette advertising campaign.

The painting was stolen from a truck before it could be published. I assume that it had since been recovered because I note that it formed part of the estate of Charles Martignette, the well known art collector, who died in 2008.

Wave Rider (2012) (BJ)
2013-Feb A joint Boris/Julie painting from the 2013 Fantasy Calendar.
Weapon X (1996)
Another painting for the Marvel Masterpieces 1996 trading card set.
Web (1984)
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Illustration, for the story of the same name, in Enchantment.
The Web Between the Worlds (1979)
Cover art for The Web Between the Worlds by Charles Sheffield (Ace Books, 1979.)
Web of the Romulans (1983)
Cover art for Web of the Romulans by M S Murdock, one of the Star Trek series of novels.
The Web of Wizardry (1978)
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February 1997
Book cover for The Web of Wizardry (Del Rey, 1978) by Jaunita Coulson.
Weightlifting (1986)
Painted for the 1987 Fantasy Olympics Calendar.
Werebeasts of Hel (1985)
Cover art for Werebeasts of Hel by Asa Drake (Questar,1985) and the third book in his Bloodsong saga.

Asa Drake was a nom de plume and the book was subsequently reissued under the author's real name of C Dean Andersson and revised title of Warrior Beast of Hel.

The white-space at the lower left contained the signature and date on the original book cover but it was deleted from the later edition. My scan was taken from the latter because it was the only cover I could find that showed a complete horse (most covers are guillotined through its nose!).

Werewolf (1984)
One of the drawings included in the text, for the story Wolves, within his and Doris' book Enchantment.
West of Honor (1980)
B4.60 Book cover for West of Honor by Jerry Pournelle (Pocket Books, 1980.)

Described on the back of the card as a cover for Pocket Books in 1979, although the painting itself is dated the following year. The card also claims that the picture was used in Fantasy Art Techniques, which is incorrect; the painting Mercenary (1979) which was so used.

Whacky Wangs: Skipping Rope (1979)
One of a series of cartoons produced by Boris, this was intended for his failed 1979 Nasty Sketchbook project.
Whacky Wangs: 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.
Whacky Wangs: 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.
What Courage Smells Like (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.

What Next? (2012)
2014-Jan Used for the month of January in, and cover of, the 2014 Fantasy Calendar.

This is either a composite image or a reworking of Boris' 2006 painting Friends.

What You Know May Hurt You
This was featured in an exhibition of art painted for Boris' enjoyment. It gives rise to a chicken and egg situation – were the paintings produced for the exhibition or was this an exhibition of existing paintings? Whatever the answer, need I add that Boris loves to paint feathers?

The artwork was subsequently incorporated into a composite image for the 2020 Fantasy Calendar under the title Clutching a Memory.

Although it is unsigned the exhibition's website gave the year as 2017.

When_Dawn_Gods_War (1970)
TwinV.072 The second cover painted by Boris for Skywald Publishing's magazine Nightmare, this time for the April 1971 edition. It is an illustration of the story When Dawn Gods War which is about an alien invasion of Earth during the Stone Age.

It is not apparent from the thumbnail but the painting shows two early hominids warily gazing down at an alien being and its space craft (in the background.)

When Hell Laughs (1982)
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Book cover for Red Sonja #3: When Hell Laughs (Ace Books, 1982) by David C Smith & Richard L Tierney.
When the Gods Crave Flesh!
Cover art for issue #3 (January 1974) of Tales of the Zombie, this was Boris' second painting for the magazine. As with other unnamed covers, the title used here is that of the story illustrated.

The painting was most probably completed in 1973.

When the Mist Clears (2009)
2010-Mar This painting was used for March in the 2010 Fantasy Calendar,
When Titans Clash (2015) (BJ)
This is a private commission showing Superman battling one of his greatest antagonists Darkseid.
White Angel (1987)
Painted as a cover for an Andrew Greely novel, but not used.
The White Buffalo
Movie poster for the Charles Bronson film The White Buffalo (United Artists, 1977.)

Other copies of the poster appear to show a more complete version of the painting but it is apparent that these have been modified by another artist. Boris' preliminary artwork shows that the image here is the complete painting.

White Eagle (1982)
Cover for Red Sonja #5: Against the Prince of Hell (Ace Books, 1983) by David C Smith &: Richard L Tierney.
White Magic (1978)
FAT 31
Cover of The Magic Goes Away by Larry Niven (Ace Books, 1979.)
White Pegasus (1996)
A (t-shirt?) design that was intended for Crusade For Kids in their anti-drug crusade. It was subsequently used in the 1998 Mythology Calendar where it had the title Britorgan.
Wilderness (1978)
FAT 96
Book covers for the 2 volume anthology of Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber issued by the Science Fiction Book Club.
WildKat (1996)
CIS.3 Modelled by Kat, the sister of Julie Bell (Boris' wife.)
Wildman Face (2003)
FW.050 Promotional artwork for Dum-Dum 2003 which, for that year, was held in Louisville, Kentucky. It was used on posters and merchandise.

For those that don't know, Dum-Dum is an annual convention dedicated to all things to do with Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Windblown (1982)
Another popular image, this is one of the drawings from Mirage where, in common with all the other artwork contained therein, it is untitled.
Window of the Soul / Windowsill (2009)
Dland.095 A private commission - both Boris and Julie were asked to paint portraits of the sitter. You may want to compare this with Julie's portrait (see Dland.094) or their joint portrait (Peter's Lady) from a couple of years earlier.
Winds of Altair (1987)
Book cover Cover art for The Winds of Altair by Ben Bova (Tor Books, 1988.)
Windsound (1980)
Diva Cover art for Windsound, a book by Boris' first wife Doris Vallejo (Berkley, 1981.)
Winged Messenger (2012)
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 favourite: his wife Julie!
Winged Messenger (2013) (BJ)
2015.Jul This was a painting commissioned for IlluXcon's (also known as IX) 2013 exhibition.

For those that don't know, IlluXcon is an "…annual convention of artists, students, collectors, and fans of imaginative realist art." The propretors are Patrick and Jeannie Wilshire the latter providing inspiration for the girl's face and the original title Jeannie's Kitten.

Winged Creatures
2017-Jan This is a version of Birds Eye View, modified to hide nudity, for the 2017 Fantasy Calendar.

Like the original painting this version shows no date but the original was apparently painted in 2013.

Wings (1997)
1998-Jan Painted for the 1998 Fantasy Calendar.
Wings of the Dragon (1998)
This looks to be a preliminary artwork for one of the Franklin Mint figurines. I have come across a similar figurine but not, so far, an exact match. Of course, it is always possible that the design was changed at a late stage.
Wings of the Night (1998)
This is one of a number done for Franklin Mint and used for a series of limited edition pocket knives.
Wings of Valor (1996)
Painted as a potential design for a plate but the project did not proceed any further. Boris subsequently modified the painting to create The Great Race which was used in the 2000 Fantasy Calendar.
Wings of Wor (1990)
Video game cover for Wings of Wor by DreamWorks (Sega, 1991.)

The painting features Nick Lavidia, one-time Mr America, as the male figure, (of course.)

The Wings That Cut (1994)
Painted for the 1995 Fantasy Calendar.
Winter Goddess (1978)
Cover art for Spawn of the Winds by Brian Lumley (Jove, 1978.)
Wired for Sound (1986)
BJ.24 One of the Chess King advertisements, featuring Dorian Vallejo as model.
Wisdom from the Sea (2000)
2001-Nov Apparently painted for the 2001 Fantasy Calendar.
Witch (1979)
Drawn specifically for the Midnight Angels portfolio, wherein this pen and ink piece was used as Plate 1.
The Witch and Her Familiar (1982)
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Cover art for the December 1982 edition of Marvel's Epic Illustrated magazine. This magaxine also had an interview with Boris and several (so far, unknown) illustrations - I will update this site once the information is obtained.
Witch Burning
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.

Witch Woman (2013)
According to a FaceBook post by Julie Bell, this painting was offered for sale on the old Imaginistix (now web site. I got the impression it was painted on spec purely for that purpose.
Without Fear (BJ)
One of a series of paintings produced by Boris and Julie for Nike, the sports outfitters.

A modified version of this painting was used in the 2015 Fantasy Calendar under the title Final Defeat.

Wolf Fangs / Wolf's Fangs (1997)
1999-Jun Painted for the 1999 Fantasy Calendar.
Wolf Girl (1997)
1998-Dec Painted for the 1998 Fantasy Calendar.
Wolf Master
FAT 35
Book cover for The Ginger Star by Leigh Brackett (Ballantine, 1979,) which is volume 1 of The Book of Skaith trilogy.
Wolf Master / Wolfmaster (1983)
Cover art for Shapechangers by Jennifer Roberson (Daw Books, 1984.)
Wolfboy (1991)
From ancient Greek, and subsequently Roman, mythology Circe was an enchantress who was able to turn men (presumably this wasn't limited to the male gender) into animals through the use of potions and incantions. This drawing from Ladies shows a boy who has been turned into a wolf.
Wolfman (1980)
Mirage A painting from Mirage.
Wolverine (1995)
Painted for the Marvel Masterpieces 1996 trading card set. In addition to the normal trading card there was also a single 'Redemption' card which entitled the lucky finder to the original painting. I can confirm that this special card was redeemed.
Wolverine (1996)
MM96.93 This portrait of Wolverine is another painting for the Marvel Masterpieces 1996 trading card set.
Wolverine & Shadowcat (1996)
'96 Painted for the X-Men Fleer Ultra: Wolverine trading card set (Fleer/SkyBox, 1996) where it was used for card 36.

This character's real name, Kitty Pryde, was that of a classmate of artist John Byrne from art college. Her appearance was based on an adolescent Sigourney Weaver.

Wolves (1984)
Illustration for the story of the same name in Enchantment.
Woman in Boots (1978)
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.

Wonder Woman (2005) (BJ)
Ult_Ill.012 This was drawn as a private commission.
Wondrous Falconer (2012)
2013-centre Used as centrepiece for the 2013 Fantasy Calendar.
Workout (1986)
Presumably a promotional piece or magazine illustration.

This was used on card 14, and a promotional card, for the Boris Series 2: The Fantasy Continues trading card set. It was also used on a redemption card for the Boris & Julie: Strokes of Genius card set - lucky finders of this card were able to redeem it for a 22" x 29" (overall size) lithographic print.

World Without Sense (2005)
2007-Sep This painting featured in the 2007 Fantasy Calendar where it was used for the month of September.
Worlds (1981)
Cover art for Worlds by Joe Haldeman (Timescape, 1982.)
Worlds of Wonder (2004)
2005-Apr A painting from the 2005 Fantasy Calendar.
The Wounded Sky (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.

The Wrath of Khan
Cover art for The Wrath of Khan by Vonda N McIntyre (Pocket Books, 1982) this being a novelisation of the movie of the same name.

The artwork is unsigned but was apparently painted in 1982.

Wrestling (1986)
Appeared in the 1987 Fantasy Olympics calendar.
Painted 1986.

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