Marmontoast Comments: As an online repository of truly dreadful sci-fi covers grows larger, the probability of seeing a rocket with Hitler’s face approaches 1 – Godwin’s Law of ghastly art direction. Published 1980
This is a Josh Kirby cover, one of many he did for Don Wollheim’s DAW Books publications of Ron Goulart’s work.
Josh’s comment (from “The Garden of Unearthly Delights”, Paper Tiger’s collection of his paintings) was ‘I thought I’d use a personified rocket to sum up the wealth of Hitler jokes in this book’.
Goulart’s work is characterised as “zany” – in other words light, undemanding and jokey. I’ve not read any of it so can’t confirm, mainly because the covers and blurbs are warning enough that I wouldn’t like it.
I’ve read Goulart before (though not this one), and his work does indeed rely heavily on satirical humor. I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve read by him. I can see how this cover likely reflects the jokes inside, though that doesn’t make it any less retina-searing.