At first glance, tackling the cover art for the reissue of an an old-fashioned SF novel would seem like a boring job for a new illustrator hot to conquer the field, but Michael looked on reissues as a challenge. He had to outdo whatever was on the original cover so that a new generation of readers would buy it. By tilting the horizon line and showing the action from above, he created a real sense of flight. The alien stares the viewer right in the eye and Michael shows us the title character in his curious outfit getting a ride. Who wouldn't be intrigued enough to buy the book?
Interstellar Merchant Prince one moment, barbarian chattel the next. Marooned half a world and an ocean away from the sole human outpost on a planet whose very water is poisonous to humans; captured by winged barbarians in the midst of a brutal war of extermination, somehow “Old Nick” must scheme, conspire, wrangle and battle his way to survival. How, with the aid of his two companions, he does so in the story of–THE MAN WHO COUNTS.