Lucy rides the tiger with diamonds and there’s a zombie, or something. Lawrence Sterne Stevens painted this cover for the October 1949 issue of Famous Fantastic Mysteries. Always worth it is an interior illustration by Virgil Finlay for “The Starkenden Quest” by Gilbert Collins (1890-1960).
The June 1950 issue of Famous Fantastic Mysteries featured a cover by the great Norman Saunders, while Lawrence Sterne Stevens continued to do interesting things on the interior pages illustrating S. Fowler Wright’s story “The Adventure of Wyndham Smith.” The following, with its caption, feels very mad science.
While Stevens’s final illustration has a strangely decadent, almost Aubrey Beardsley-like feel.
This issue of Famous Fantastic Mysteries can be read or downloaded from the Internet Archive.
Larenence Sterne Stevens chopped a lot of wood for the August 1949 edition of Famous Fantastic Mysteries both painting this cover and contributing the interior illustrations for E.C. Vivian’s (1882-1947) story “The Valley of the Silent Men.” (There is additional art in the number contributed by Hannes Bok.) The clingy gown motif makes an interior appearance:
Of course at times when the sacred fire burns brightly perhaps no gown at all is apropros…
This woman and her weird brassiere were painted by Lawrence Sterne Stevens for the April 1949 issue of Famous Fantastic Mysteries, apparently in illustration of Edison Marshall’s (1894-1967) story “Dian of the Lost Land.” Ever-present Virgil Finlay presented his own idea of the same character in interior art.
But first, a cover painting that is unfortunately timely.
The cover painting is by Lawrence Sterne Stevens, who also contributed a number of illustrations of appealing angels to accompany feminist author and activist Inez Haynes Gillmore’s (1873-1970) story “Angel Island.”
It looks like a grim situation for these good-looking young people on the April 1946 cover of Famous Fantastic Mysteries. This cover painting is by the artist Lawrence Sterne Stevens (1886-1960), who was often credited simply as “Lawrence.” As can be seen from the cover, FFM had as some of its content reprints of already-published stories, and for this issue they’ve picked a great example of cosmic horror, Algernon Blackwood’s “The Willows.”
Lawrence Sterne Stevens was also a deft hand at interior illustrations, here providing one for S. Fowler Wright’s “The Island of Captain Sparrow.”
(I could swear that woman’s gown grows more transparent the further south it reaches.) This cover for Startling Stories was painted by Earle Bergey for its January 1948 issue. It is special because the author of the story that it appears to illustrate is Hannes Bok (1914-1964). himself most famous as an artist with a remarkably distinctive style and creator of one of the most exquisite of all the tube girls (see right). There is also an interior illustration for the story by Lawrence Sterne Stevens (1884-1960).
I know I’ve probably run this cover any number of times before among my tumblr re-blogs, but fuck it, it’s awesome. This is Amazing Stories for May 1952, cover by Lawrence Sterne Stevens. The ISFDB entry for this issue is here. I found this version of the cover at Pulp Covers. You can download and read the whole issue from the Internet Archive.
My original tumblr post was here. This image is the cover of Super Science Stories (January 1950). The cover is by Lawrence Sterne Stevens and the ISFDB entry for the issue is here. The image was first posted on Tumblr by Vintage Geek Culture.