Hi! Richard Powers is such a unique cover artist that you could recognize a SF or horror paperback from a mile away. Powers and Paul Lehr are my 2 all time favorite cover illustrators/artists. These 2 guy dominated U.S. paperbacks back then. It's all a matter of taste, but I've always found Mr. Power's covers be unsettling, arresting and unforgettable and Mr. Lehr's covers to be beautiful, arresting and unforgettable. Seriously, you can recognize a Richard Power's cover from a mile away.
A lot of Richard Powers' work being showcased on the 'Artists Assemble!' thread at the moment and I knew I'd created a specific thread for his art somewhere here - didn't realize it was seven years ago, though. Anyway, though he's predominantly known for his SF covers, he's also done the odd cover for the crime and espionage genres. Here's a couple from Gold Medal:
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.