Gino D’Achille was born in Rome and began his career as an artist when, at the age of 11, he personally presented a portrait he had done of Pope Pius XII to the pontiff himself. D’Achille studied at Rome’s Liceo Artistico and then later worked as a commercial artist in Milan. It was there that his work was first spotted by British talent scouts, who persuaded D’Achille to move to the UK and pursue his career as an illustrator in London. It was while living in London that D’Achille’s science fiction-themed work was first discovered and truly appreciated. D’Achille was especially known for the covers he did for a series of John Carter of Mars reprints but he actually worked in all genres and, in some circles, was even better known for illustrating David Kossoff’s Bible Stories.
Below is a sampling of Gino D’Achille’s work.