This is the cover for Marvel Science Stories for November 1938, cover by Frank R. Paul. The ISFDB entry for this issue is here. I found this version of the cover at Pulp Covers, the curators of which have also made the entire issue available for download. As an example of this issue’s interior art, this illustration to Henry Kuttner’s cover story “The Time Trap,” also by Frank R. Paul.
This is Marvel Science Stories for November 1950, cover by Norman Saunders. The ISFDB entry for this issue is here. I found this version of the cover at Pulp Covers, where the curators also include some interior art, including this piece by Frank R. Paul illustrating Lloyd Arthur Eschback’s “Overlord of Earth.”
And this rather dynamic illustration by Vincent Napoli illustrating A Bertram Chandler’s “Fire Brand!”
You can download and read the entire issue at the Internet Archive.
This is Amazing Stories for December 1926, cover by Frank R. Paul. The ISFDB entry for this issue is here. I found this version of the cover at Pulp Covers, whose curators add the following editorial remark:
That’s right, folks. Someone painted this for no good reason, then had a contest to find some context for their insanity.
That $500 prize offered by the editors was a very rich one, assuming they were serious about it. The U.S. Department of Labor inflation calculator tells us that $500 in December 1926 would be the equivalent of $6,913.36 in May 2017.
You can read and download the entire issue from the Internet Archive.
This is Amazing Stories for July 1927, cover by Frank R. Paul. The ISFDB entry for this issue is here. I found this cover at Pulp Covers. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a copy of this issue in the Internet Archive. One remarkable detail from this early cover (at the top, middle) is the call sign of WRNY, an AM radio station in New York started by editor Hugo Gernsback to promote the magazine. WRNY was a very early (1928) experimenter with television broadcasting and also had a shortwave affiliate sometimes heard across the globe.
It’s Pulp Saturday!!!
This week: Science Fiction from June 1940.
Cover by Frank R. Paul, best known for his 1920s covers for Amazing and long-running life-on-other-worlds series for that magazine. He helped create much of the iconography of science fiction.
Hollywood could learn a lot from this pulp cover. We need more movies about heroes rescuing babes tied up on giant Bunsen burners at a congress of diaper-wearing, blond-bearded, cyclops frogs as volcanoes rumble in the distance. Now that’s entertainment!
My original tumblr post was here. This image was researched by Bacchus at ErosBlog as part of the “Δ commission.” The research was originally published at Hedonix as “Δ 068 – Robot Control Panel.” Here is what Bacchus found.
This image is a page from the October 1929 issue of Hugo Gernsback’s Air Wonder Stories (available in its entirety here). The artwork is signed “Paul”, which corresponds to the magazine’s art director Frank R. Paul, as seen on the masthead:
The artist Frank R. Paul is one of the most influential illustrators in the history of American pulp magazines. He is perhaps most famous for his illustration of Martian robots on the cover of the 1927 Amazing Stories magazine where H.G. Wells’s War Of The Worlds was first serialized.