[quote:c4532bac26="spiritofthewater"]I didn't know who Kelly Freas was, so I did a search. I was surprised to find out that he is responsible for this:
The actual painting is from the 50's, not the 70's[/quote:c4532bac26]
Not quite true. The original version of this painting is indeed from the 1950s. He however recreated it to include the members of the band, for the album cover.
From the Wikipedia entry on Kelly Freas:
"His cover of Queen's album News of the World (1977) was a pastiche of his much-admired sad robot cover illustrating Tom Godwin's "The Gulf Between" for Astounding Science Fiction (October 1953)."