Lost Art #2 – Virgil Finlay – Black and White Magic

Hold a Laser Blaster to My Head

The Lighthouse from Fantastic, January 1953

“Name your favorite artist! Just one and do it now or I’ll burn your brains to overcooked porridge.”

If you held a laser blaster to my head and told me to name my favorite illustrator, I’d have to say Virgil Finlay, and then I’d say, “Cool, where didja’ get a laser blaster?”

So here’s eight Virgil Finlay illustrations. Some of these might be found in hard to find books or on websites somewhere. But I’d think many of these have not been republished and seen in 50+ years. Hence the “Lost Art” series.

And don’t forget to click on the thumbnails to fully enjoy them. :)

You’ll find hidden faces in the “Six and Ten Are Johnny” images too.  How many can you find?

Six and Ten Are Johnny from June, 1962 issue of Fantastic

Six and Ten Are Johnny, Fantastic June 1952

The Man Who Mastered Time from Fantasic Novels Magazine

Vibrators of Space, uhmm really it's "A Planet For Plundering" from Galaxy, April 1962 (2 page spread)

The Albino Otter from Fantastic Novels Magazine 7-1949

The Ship of Ishtar by A. Merritt from Fantastic Novels Magazine --sheer awesomeness!

Podkayne of Mars by Robert Heinlein from the March, 1963 issue of If

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