Jack Coggins - Magazine Covers and Illustrations

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Jack Coggins's art was used on many magazine covers and in some magazine articles - shown below are some examples which I have located to date. All of these I have in my collection - I would be very pleased to hear from any visitor with new information.

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Magazine Covers

Science Fiction Quarterly
US Issue Vol.2 No.5, November 1953.
UK Issue #8, February 1955.
No Title.

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Science Fiction Yearbook No.1, 1967.
A Treasury of Science Fiction.
No Title.

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Startling Stories.
US Issue Vol.27 No.3, October 1952.
UK Issue #10 December 1952.
Australian Issue #10 December 1952 (?).

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Amazing Stories Vol.27, No.4, April-May 1953.
Back Cover by Jack Coggins.
Title: Will This Steel Umbrella Stop Russia?

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Popular Science.
Vol.124 No.4, April 1943.
Title: Shall We Quit Building Battleships?

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SF Greats.
No.18, Summer 1970
Untitled (but same as Amazing Stories April 1953)

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United States Naval Institute Proceedings.
Volume 84, Number 1 - January 1958.

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Notes on the cover artwork from the Secretary's notes in the magazine:

Painted especially for the U.S. Naval Institute by Mr. Jack Coggins, the picture on this month's cover portrays the Forrest Sherman Class Destroyer, probably the finest ship of its type that has ever been built. These ships have a standard displacement of 2,850 tones, full load of 3,800 tons, and top speed of over 35 knots. Their hull dimensions are 418 1/2 feet in length, 45 feet beam, and 19 1/2 feet depth. The Forrest Sherman (DD 931) was completed in 1955, and the eighteenth and last ship of the class is scheduled for completion mid-1959.



United States Naval Institute Proceedings.
Volume 84, Number 7 - July 1958.

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Notes on the cover artwork from the Secretary's notes in the magazine:

Painted especially for the U.S. Naval Institute, this month's cover picture shows the Forrestal-class, attack carrier Ranger as she appeared to Mr. Jack Coggins when he visited her during her shakedown cruise off Cuba late last year.



United States Naval Institute Proceedings.
Volume 105, Number 2 - February 1979.

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Cover Notes from the Magazine:

In this painting by Jack Coggins, the South Dakota (BB -57) heads a column which includes other ships of her class (see page 57). Commander Edward J. Matthews was on board the "Sodak" when she and two sisters bombarded the island of Honshu in 1945 (see page 74).

Notes on the painting:

The original painting is in oil, 24" x 34" and is titled "In Column (Uss South Dakota, Massachusetts, Alabama)". The painting was completed in 1973 and sold in 1985 for $2450. Prints, titled "Battleline, Pacific" and sized at 15" x 20", were published by the U.S. Naval Institute - date of publication and quantity is not known.



Naval War College Review. Volume 55, Number 4 - Autumn 2002.

The painting on the cover of this magazine was originally offered for sale at a 1989 exhibition at the Mystic Maritime Gallery. During the exhibition, the gallery contacted Jack and said that they had a sale for the painting (priced at $2500) on one condition; the buyer was a retired Navy man who captained a Mahan Class Destroyer number 364, and wanted his ship's number on the painting, rather than number 365 as Jack originally painted. Jack complied, and the sale was made.

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Notes on the cover artwork from the magazine:

The year 2002 marks the first century of destroyers in the U.S. Navy, beginning with the commissioning of "Destroyer No. 1," Uss Bainbridge. This milestone is being marked in Newport by "Destroyers: 100 Years," series of commemorative events initiated by the Surface Warfare Officers School Command and the Surface Navy association. The Naval War College is participating in a number of ways, including an exhibition in the museum and this issue's cover - a portrait of the destroyer Uss Mahan (DD 364), seen in U.S. Destroyers: Mahan Class, painted by the American maritime artist Jack Coggins in 1991. (The destroyer astern, on the reverse, was not identified by the artist.)

The pictured Mahan, second of that name and the first of its class, was commissioned in 1936 and participated in the Pacific War from 1941 until its sinking on 7 December 1944 after an attack by a kamikaze aircraft off Leyte. The painting was given by the Uss Mahan association to the Naval War College Foundation, which made it available to the museum for exhibit.

Notes on the USS Mahan from Wikipedia

The Mahan-class destroyers served in the United States Navy during World War II and the Uss Mahan (DD-364) was the lead ship of her class. She was named for Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan; launched 15 October 1935 and commissioned 18 September 1936, Commander J. B. Waller in command. Displacement 1,450 tons, Length 341.4 ft, Beam 34.8 ft, Draught 17 ft, Speed 35 knots.



Elco PTs in Action.

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Elco PTs in Action: The Story of the U.S. Navy's Motor Torpedo Boats.
Published ca. 1945 by Electric Boat Co.,


This magazine has 64 pages of stories, history, photographs and advertisements by the companies that manufactured and supplied components to the boats. Articles include “The Development of the PT,” “Squadron X - Their's Was the Job of Patrolling Between Guadalcanal and Tulagi and They Did It Well,” “The PT’s Box Score,” “The PT’s Air Arm,” “North of Latitude 49°,” “PTs in the Pacific,” “The Story Behind the Expendables,” “Where They Learn to Be Tough,” “Milestones in Elco History,” among others. Each article is accompanied by photographs. The cover illustration and articles are reprinted from Yachting Magazine.




USC & GSS DISCOVERER
OSS 02.

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US Department of Commerce,
Environmental Science Services Administration.


This 16 page magazine was published by the United States Department of Commerce in 1970. The Discoverer was one of two new oceanographic survey vessels at the time, and was commissioned to survey the depths of the ocean along the US Atlantic coast. In 1968, Jack Coggins was invited to undertake part of a voyage from Barbados on the Discoverer (one report here) and commissioned to paint several images of the vessel and crew.

Harris B. Stewart was the author of that report, and the chief scientist who commissioned and personally paid for the artwork. The result was four large oil paintings, and seveal watercolours and sepia sketches. The image on the front of the magazine is one of the resulting oil paintings, which was also used on the cover of Stewart's book "The Unpredictable Mistress".

This painting is another I have located. The paintings hung on the walls of the NOAA Laboratory in Miami for many years. On Stewart's retirement from NOAA he took the paintings - he passed away in the year 2000, and the whereabouts of the paintings is currently unknown.



Magazine Illustrations

Illustrations for story "Here Come The 'Hell-Cops'! by Frank J. Delear". Pages 4,5.
"This Week" Magazine Section, San Francisco Chronicle, February 1, 1942.

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Photoplay - Movie Mirror by MacFadden Publications Inc,
New Jersey. Volume 21 Number 1 - June 1942.

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Illustration for story "In the Face of Death" by Wilbur Morse Jr.
Illustrated by Jack Coggins. Page 26, 27.

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Adventure Magazine by Popular Publications, Chicago.
Volume 108 Number 2 - December 1942.

(Cover illustration not by Jack Coggins)

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Illustration for story "Seasoned in Sail" by Rolland Lynch.
Illustrated by Jack Coggins. Page 56, 57.

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Argosy Magazine by Popular Publications, Chicago.
Volume 315 Number 1 - February 1943.

(Cover illustration not by Jack Coggins)

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Illustration for story "Cargo for Valivostok" by Frank Richardson Pierce.
Illustrated by Jack Coggins. Page 58.

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Argosy Magazine by Popular Publications, Chicago.
Volume 315 Number 3 - April 1943.

(Cover illustration not by Jack Coggins)

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Illustration for story "Battle Stations" by James L. Hill.
Illustrated by Jack Coggins. Page 72.

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Argosy Magazine by Popular Publications, Chicago.
Volume 315 Number 5 - June 1943.

(Cover illustration not by Jack Coggins)

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Illustration for story "Undersea assignment" by Leslie T. White.
Illustrated by Jack Coggins. Page 25.

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Argosy Magazine by Popular Publications, Chicago.
Volume 324 Number 4 - April 1947.

(Cover illustration not by Jack Coggins)

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Illustration for story "The Ship Nobody Wanted" by John Rhodes Sturdy.
Illustrated by Jack Coggins. Pages 56, 57.

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Saga Magazine by MacFadden Publications, New York.
Volume 3 Number 6 - March 1952

(Cover illustration by Jack Coggins)

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Illustration for story "The Icy Lash of the Sea" by Stewart Sterling.
Illustrated by Jack Coggins. Page 26,27

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Saga Magazine by MacFadden Publications, New York.
Volume 4 Number 6 - September 1952.

(Cover illustration not by Jack Coggins)

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Illustration for story "The Man Who Owned An Ocean" by Willis Lindquist.
Illustrated by Jack Coggins. Page 44,45.

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Saga Magazine by MacFadden Publications, New York.
Volume 5 Number 4 - January 1953.

(Cover illustration not by Jack Coggins)

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Illustration for story "Crazy Indian" by W. G. Lawson.
Illustrated by Jack Coggins. Page 54,55.

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IMPACT Magazine by MacFadden Publications, New York.
Volume 1 Number 1 - April 1953.

(Cover illustration not by Jack Coggins)

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Illustration for story "Advance Party From Space" by Milton Lesser.
Illustrated by Jack Coggins. Page 17.

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LIBERTY Magazine by Liberty Magazine Inc, New York.
Volume 19 Number 23 - June 6, 1942.

(Cover illustration not by Jack Coggins)

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Illustration for story "When The Repulse Went Down" by Cecil Brown.
Illustrated by Jack Coggins. Page 20,21.

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LIBERTY Magazine by Liberty Magazine Inc, New York.
Volume 20 Number 14 - April 3, 1943.

(Cover illustration not by Jack Coggins)

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Illustration for story "The Coming Showdown In Submarine Warfare" by Leonard Engel.
Illustrated by Jack Coggins. Page 17.

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LIBERTY Magazine by Liberty Magazine Inc, New York.
Volume 20 Number 33 - July 31, 1943.

(Cover illustration not by Jack Coggins)

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Illustration for story "Action In The Pacific" by Earl Schenck.
Illustrated by Pvt. Jack Coggins. Page 14.

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New York Times Book Review, New York Times Company, New York.
March 17, 1946. Section 7.

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Illustration for story "Atom Bomb Versus Human Race" by R.L Duffus.
Illustrated by Jack Coggins. Page 1.

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The Story of the PT's

About 1944 a little promotional booklet was published by Elco Naval Division, Electric Boat Company of Bayonne, New Jersey, called "The Story of the PT's". It was about 5 1/2" x 5" with 28 pages, containing over 19 photos and illustrations. It contains a copy of one of Jack's illustrations from an ELCO advertisement - "Midnight off Sebu". A copy was recently sold - unfortunately I was unable to secure it, but the seller very kindly sent images for me to use. There is a second image in the book which, on first glance, appears to be also Jack's work - it looks identical to Jack's style. However, it is signed "LEASON" who turns out to be the Australian artist Percy Leason. Below is an image of the cover, Jack Coggins' illustration, and Percy Leason's illustration. Note the similarity - there is a very interesting reason for the similarity of style, which is discussed below. Click here to see more pages from the book.


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Percy Leason was born in country Victoria, Australia, in 1889. He was apprenticed as a lithographer and studied at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School. He became an artist and illustrator, producing etchings, cartoons and other commercial art. One of his early illustrations became a famous trademark "I Allus has Wan at Eleven" which came from the old poem "I always have one at eleven; it's something that I've always done; 'cause if I don't have one at eleven; then I have eleven at one!". Although Leason was making a good income from his work, he became a controversial figure in the local art world, and he decided that New York would be more suitable for his talents. He moved his family of six children there in 1939.

Leason commenced working and teaching in New York, and was associated with the same group of artists as Jack Coggins at the time - he may well have taught or at least influenced the young Jack. One of Leason's special interests was tonal analysis and its depction in art, and the similarity of tonal depiction in Jack's and Percy Leasons's work above shows that he had a great influence on the former's style. Jack's early works were rather one dimensional and a definite change can be noted during the early 1940s.



These magazines contains artwork by Jack but I have not been able to acquire copies yet. If any visitor could assist I would be very grateful.

Argosy Magazine
Volume 324 Number 5
May 1947
Illustration for story "A Taste of Command"

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All Artworks Copyright © Jack Coggins