Carolus Adrianus Maria Thole (20 April 1914 - 26 March 2000) was a Dutch painter and illustrator.
His first works were for advertisement and publishing companies, but he also painted glasses and walls. In 1958 Thole moved to Milan, Italy, with his wife and four sons. At first he worked for Rizzoli publisher, before passing to Mondadori in 1960. After severals covers for various magazines and books, he became renowned for his long work for science fiction magazine Urania, where his deep art culture, taste for surrealism and weird sense of humour could show at their best. For Mondadori he worked to a host of other series, including mysteries and romantic series for women.
In 1980s Thole experienced an eye disease that compelled him to reduce his work activity and to leave Urania covers to Vicente Segrelles and Oscar Chichoni. His last work for Urania is for N°1330 of 1998: in the meantime, Thole earned a robust fame as one the greatest European book cover artists. He worked also for French and German publishers.
- The article Urania contains a cover gallery with artworks by Thole.
- www.delos.fantascienza.com/delos55/thole-lippi.html A tribute to Thole's art (in Italian)
- www.mondourania.com A site with all the Thole covers for the science fiction magazine Urania
- www.sf-buch.de/sf-buch/artikel/nachruf_karel_thole.html Obituary with German Thole covers
- Karel Thole at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database