The Borisography: I

I Am a Barbarian
I Am a Barbarian, Boris Vallejo B1.10
This was Boris' first paperback book cover, painted for Ace Books: I Am a Barbarian by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Painted 1975.

I Dream of Flying (2012)
I Dream of Flying, Boris Vallejo Dland Boris started this painting for his personal pleasure. It features on Boris and Julie's Facebook pages wherein it is shown at various stages of completion. The wings (Boris loves to paint them) and clothing were added last to what was originally a nude figure study. I don't know whether or not it was deliberate but the paint used for the clothing is not completely opaque so that the original details are visible through it!

A modified version, with opaque clothing and more hair, appeared as the centrepiece of the 2014 Fantasy Calendar. See Unconstrained for more information about the alterations.

I Love You So (2004) (BJ)
I Love You So, Boris & Julie 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.

Icarus in Flight (1988)
Icarus in Flight, Boris Vallejo B3.13
Painted for the 1989 Mythology Calendar.

Greek Mythology: Daedelus fashioned wings for himself and his son Icarus in order that they might escape from Crete and King Minos. Icarus, despite warnings not to fly too high, soared upwards to such a height that the wax melted, and he fell into the sea and drowned.
Choosing to depict Icarus as full-grown and negroid is a slightly odd choice - Icarus was but a child at the time.

Ice (2000)
The Princess of Ice, Boris Vallejo Fant_Work
One of the Franklin Mint paintings for their series of Fantasy Collector's Knives.

Bearing in mind that the girl is sitting on ice, she is not wearing the amount of clothing you might expect – such is the world of fantasy art!

Ice Cave (1993)
Orion and the Conqueror, Boris Vallejo BJ.51
Cover art for Orion and the Conqueror by Ben Bova (Tor Books, 1994.)
Ice Queen (1997)
Ice Queen, Boris Vallejo 1998-Aug Painted for the 1998 Fantasy Calendar.
The Ice Schooner (1978)
The Ice Schooner, Boris Vallejo B2.70
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Cover art for The Ice Schooner by Michael Moorcock (Dell, 1978.)

In addition to the above, it was also used as the cover for the Mayflower Games Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Role Aides Guide entitled Ice Elves, published in 1985.

Ice World (2006)
Ice World, Boris Vallejo This is one of a group of four apparently related paintings I obtained from Boris' and Julie's web site. See Bandit for details of the others.
Iceman (1994)
Iceman (1994), Boris Vallejo '94 This was painted for the X-Men '95 Ultra (Fleer, 1994) trading card set where it was used for card 103 (part of the X-Men Gold Team subset.)

Iceman is one of the original X-Men from 1963 and is notable for being revealed, in All-New X-Men #40, as being gay despite previously being known as a womaniser.

Iceman (1996)
Iceman (1996), Boris Vallejo MM96.22 This, Boris' second painting of the Marvel character, was painted for the Marvel Masterpieces '96 trading card set.
Ideal War (1992)
An Ideal War, Boris Vallejo B4.48
Cover for Battletech: Ideal War (Penguin/Roc, 1993) by Christopher Kubasik.
Ilmarinen (1991)
Ilmarinen, Boris Vallejo B3.20
Painted for the 1993 Mythology Calendar.

Finnish Mythology: Ilmarinen was the ruler of wind and weather, travelling the sky with her sister. She created the winds with her wings and thunder with her roar, while the sister created the electricity hurled to the Earth by Ilmarinen. Perhaps paradoxically, these two werealso known as protectors of travellers.

In League (2011) (BJ)
Leather Jacket (2011), Boris & Julie 2013-Oct This artwork, Boris and Julie's retake of Boris' Mirage painting Leather Jacket, was used for the month of October in the2013 Fantasy Calendar.
In Praise of a Higher Spirit (1993)
In Praise of a Higher Spirit, Boris Vallejo B4.07
This was painted for a poster company in the Netherlands - I assume this was Verkerke for whom Boris did a number of artworks.
In Search of the Great Horned Beast (1986)
Conan the Fearless, Boris Vallejo 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.

In the Moons of Borea (1978)
In the Moons of Borea, Boris Vallejo B2.38
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Cover art of In the Moons of Borea by Brian Lumley (Jove, 1979.)

Greek Mythology: Borea was God of the North Wind. Boris here has a young maiden pleading for mercy on the frosted land.

In the Underworld
In the Underworld, Boris Vallejo B3.66
1980 calendar
Painted for Portal Publications and produced as a wall poster.

Painted 1978.

In Victory (2000)
In Victory, Boris Vallejo 2002-Jan
This was painted for the 2002 Fantasy Calendar. In addution, it also graced the front cover of Boris and Julie's book Imaginistix.
Indian Chief (1993)
In Praise of a Higher Spirit, Boris Vallejo B4.07
This was painted for a poster company in the Netherlands - I assume this was Verkerke for whom Boris did a number of artworks.
Incubus (1981)
Scarecrow Angel, Boris Vallejo 1984-Jan
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Painted for Mirage.
Indomitus Est (2001)
Indomitus Est, Boris Vallejo Dland.188 Used as cover art for the 2007 book Indomitus Est by Robert W Brady jr. the first book in his self-published Fovean Chronicles pentology. It was presumably painted for the purpose but unexplained is why it predates the book by six years!

A modified version was used for the 2003 Fantasy Calendar under the title Evil Secrets.

Indomitus Oriens
Indomitus Oriens, book cover The third of three cover paintings for Robert W. Brady jr's The Fovean Chronicles series from 2014. Sadly, this was the last cover Boris painted for this set.

Unlike the other two paintings, this one is undated.

Indomitus Vivat (2013)
Indomitus Vivat, Boris Vallejo 2016-Apr
This lively painting is the cover art for Indomitus Vivat, a self-published fantasy tale by Robert W. Brady jr from, apparently, 2012. (I say apparently because the painting is dated 2013.)

This is the second of three paintings produced for the first three of Brady's Fovean Chronicles.

A copy of the painting was also utilised in the 2016 Fantasy Calendar.

Infinite Realms
Infinite Realms, Boris Vallejo 2019-Sep A girl, a dragon and a castle, this is classic fare for Boris, this time from the 2019 Fantasy Calendar.

The painting is signed but doesn't appear to be dated (unless the year is below the signature.)

Inner Turmoil (2007)
Sad Victory, Boris Vallejo 2009-May A painting from the 2009 Fantasy Calendar.
Inner Wisdom (BJ)
Inner Wisdom, Boris & Julie Imagix.091 One of several paintings for Nike featuring LeBron James. As is often the case with joint Boris & Julie pieces, this is a composite image rather than a physical painting.
Instants (1979)
Perfect Instants, Boris Vallejo BJ.63
Painted for Mirage.

Can one possibly detect a bit of phallic symbolism there?.

Into the Fray (1997)
Into the Fray, Boris Vallejo Sketch.014 No information is provided for this drawing. Boris did produce a number of similar drawings for Franklin Mint at this time but the background landscape suggests that this was not one of them.
Invasion (2008) (BJ)
Galactic Love, Boris & Julie 2014-Sep
This futuristic scene was originally used in the 2014 Fantasy Calendar but I do not know if it was painted for that purpose.

To me, this looks like it might have been intended for a CD cover which makes me wonder whether it might be an unused painting for Alex Moulton's album Exodus.

Invictus (1982)
Endithor's Daughter, Boris Vallejo B3.47
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Cover for Red Sonja #4: Endithor's Daughter (Ace Books, 1982) by David C Smith & Richard L Tierney.

Boris' comments on this painting: "I wanted to portray an image of the female warrior contemplating in the distance … her thoughts, her dreams, and her ideas of what the future would bring." Quoted from the back of the trading card.

Iron Man
Ironman, Boris Vallejo B3.16 This was a promotional piece for the Bud Light Ironman competition, a triathlon, of October 1987.

The images I've seen are all cropped partway through the signature so the copyright year, if present, is not visible but I think it safe to assume this would have been 1987.

Iron Man vs Fin Fang Foom (1996)
Iron Man vs Fin Fang Foom, Boris Vallejo MM96.67/68 Another painting for the Marvel Masterpieces '96 trading card set.

According to Stan Lee the name Fin Fang Foom was inspired by the title of Chu Chin Chow, a long-running musical from 1916, which Lee knew from having seen the 1934 movie.

Iron Shadows in the Moon
Iron Shadows in the Moon, Boris Vallejo Painted as the cover for issue #4 of Savage Sword of Conan (February 1976.)

Although it is undated it was probably painted in 1975.

Iron Warrior
Conan the Wanderer, Boris Vallejo B1.27
FAT 48
This was a book cover for Conan the Wanderer (Ace,) by Robert E Howard, L Sprague de Camp & Lin Carter.

It appears in the first Boris trading card set as Genie.

Painted 1977.

Ironman, Boris Vallejo B3.16 This was a promotional piece for the Bud Light Ironman competition, a triathlon, of October 1987.

The images I've seen are all cropped partway through the signature so the copyright year, if present, is not visible but I think it safe to assume this would have been 1987.

Isaac Asimov
Isaac Asimov - preliminary art (unsigned), Boris Vallejo B3.29
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This was the original conceptual sketch for the book cover for The Edge of Tomorrow, a collection of Asimov's stories. The figure of Asimov was eventually replaced by the figure to be seen in The Edge of Tomorrow study.

The painting currently shows the year as 1985 but my comments under The Edge of Tomorrow preliminary study 2 also apply here too.

Star Trek: Ishmael, book cover As can be seen, cover artwork for the Star Trek novel Ishmael by Barbara Hambly (Pocket Books, 1985.)

No signature is visible in the portion of the painting used for the book's cover but it was probably painted in 1984 or very early 1985.

It (2004)
It, Boris Vallejo 2006-Apr This is a painting from the 2006 Fantasy Calendar. I have no record of it being used anywhere else other than the Boris and Julie website though, at the time of writing, it no longer appears there.

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