FREAS A BIRD
So yes, I frequently judge books by their covers. No surprise there.
The distinctive artwork of Frank Kelly Freas (1922-2005) graced the covers of hundreds of books and magazines, most notably Astounding Science Fiction (and later, Analog) and Mad magazine.
His artwork for Queen's News of the World (1977) was essentially a redo of this Astounding Science Fiction cover (October 1953):
|News Of The World by Queen (Elektra/Asylum 6E-112, 1977)|
|News Of The World (wraparound cover)|
|Astounding Science Fiction (January 1959) and Astounding Science Fiction (January 1958)|
|The Voodoo Mad (Signet D2276, 1963) and Fighting Mad (Signet D2385, 1964)|