Japanese illustrator Shusei Nagaoka is best known for his music album cover art in the 1970s and 80s which included Electric Light Orchestra, Earth, Wind & Fire, Deep Purple, Space, Maze, George Clinton, Kitaro, Rose Royce, Caldera, and Pure Prairie League. Born in 1936, Shusei has worked with Playboy, Hustler, Penthouse, NHK Television, TBS Japan, published several books of his artwork and even had his art launched into space via the Russian Mir Space Station in 1991.

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