Interior Art – BRAIN PLUCKER THE WONDER PUBLISHING GROUP BLOG Wed, 01 Aug 2012 11:00:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lost Art #9 Frank R. Paul interior art Mon, 21 Nov 2011 11:07:22 +0000 Amazing Stories - September 1927

Amazing Stories - September 1927

Frank R. Paul could be called the father or grandfather of Science Fiction art. He is the first artist of the science fiction magazine genre. He painted the cover and did the interior of the first issue of the first science fiction magazine, Amazing Stories in 1926, and stayed busy into the 50s. His cover art, which I only show one example, are wonderfully colorful to the point of garishness. But this is pulp art and garishness in not such a bad thing. His knack was creating technological machines. His weakness, in my opinion, was humans. They are all very generic and conventional. So I tried to favor the interior art that was more technologically inclined.



The Isotope Men - Wonder Stories 8-33

The Cosmic Horror - Wonder Stories 8-33

Castaways On Deimos- Wonder Stories 8-33

The Man Who Awoke- 6-33

Gullivar 3000 A.D. - Wonder Stories 5-33

The Wreck of the Asteroid - Wonder Stories 2-33

Lost Art #8 Weird Tales 12-37 All Finlay issue Mon, 14 Nov 2011 11:31:11 +0000

Weird Tales-December 1937 cover by Finlay

Last week we looked at an all Lawrence issue of Famous Fantastic Mysteries. Today I decided to do a similiar all Virgil Finlay issue.






Weird Tales – December 1937

I just read the title story and I can say the cover accurately illustrates the cover. This chick couldn’t get naked enough in this story. But Weird Tales stories are only sexually implicit¬† vs. being sexually explicit. Check out the wonderful interior, all by Finlay. And, yes, click on the thumbnails to appreciate the artistry.

The Sea Witch

Flames of Vengence

A Wine of Wizardry

Fane of the Black Pharaoh - story by Robert Bloch


The Black Stone Statue - very surreal

The Child of Atlantis

The Voyage of the Neutralia

Lost Art #7 Famous Fantastic Mysteries – All Lawrence Issue Mon, 07 Nov 2011 11:00:33 +0000

A new stack of Famous Fantastic Mysteries and Fantastic Novels Magazine via eBay

Picked up a bunch of low-grade Famous Fantastic Mysteries and Fantastic Novels Magazines on eBay. The covers are pretty rough but the interior art is still beautiful after a little Photoshop processing to turn those tans and grays back to black and white.

Famous Fantastic Mysteries, June 1946

Let’s look at the art of a single issue. The issue features a novel called The Undying Monster by Jessie Douglas Kerruish with one short story called The Novel of the Black Seal by Arthur Machen.

Lawrence Sterne Stevens

The art is by Lawrence Sterne Stevens who just went by the single moniker of Lawrence. His paintings are great, but I think his interior art is even better.

From June 1946--Cover art also by Lawrence--creepy

The Undying Monster-- Title Page

The Undying Monster

The Undying Monster-Almost my favorite

The Undying Monster-click this thumbnail--Amazing!--yes, my fav from this ish.

The Undying Monster

The Novel of the Black Seal - not really a novel, just a short story

Lost Art #6 The Pyschically Weird for Halloween Mon, 31 Oct 2011 11:00:13 +0000

The Door Beyond, art by Humiston (Weird Tales, May 1949)

What’s Wrong With My Brain?

Take a walk on the psychically wild side with these lost weird wonders of the past.


Deep Freeze, art by McCauley (Imagination, January 1953)

Voyage to Eternity, art by Calle (Imagination, July 1953)

All the Answers, Artist unknown (Science Fiction Quarterly, August 1952)

Voyage to Eternity, art Calle (Imagination, July 1953)

Between Worlds, art by Finlay (Fantastic Novels Magazine, July 1949)

The Metal Chamber, art by Finlay (Weird Tales, March 1939)

The Flying Legion, art by Lawrence (Fantastic Novels Magazine)

The Opal Necklace, art by Summers (Fantastic, June 1952)

Lost Art #5 The Brilliant Lawrence Sterne Stevens Mon, 24 Oct 2011 11:00:50 +0000 “Just Call Me Lawrence”

The Eye of Balamok from June, 1949 issue of Fantastic Novels MagazineLawrence Sterne Stevens, son of a preacher of the same name, signed his work just “Lawrence”. The art directors and publishers who commisioned his work must of felt they were getting their money’s worth. For craftsmanship and technique he can’t be beat. But let’s not ignore the artistry. I think we can call him a master artist. He certainly used a lot of ink. His color painting were fantastically great too! Here are some interior black and white work I’ve recently scanned and cleaned up for your perusal.

And click on the thumbnails to really appreciate the works.

Gift of Zar from Other Worlds, June 1955

The Flying Legion from Fantastic Novels Magazine, January 1950

The Flying Legion from Fantastic Novels Magazine, January 1950

The Flying Legion from Fantastic Novels Magazine, January 1950

The Torch from Fantastic Novels Magazine, April 1951

The Second Deluge from Fantastic Novels Magazine, July 1948

The Middle Bedroom from Fantastic Novels Magazine, March 1948

Finis from Fantastic Novels Magazine, July 1948

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Lost Art #4 Naughty But Nice Nudes Mon, 17 Oct 2011 11:00:36 +0000 Classing the Joint Up

Love that Woo-Woo! by H.W. McCauley (Imagination, Sept. 1953)

The pulp covers were rather discrete about nudity on their covers. After all they did not want a news stand vendor hiding their magazines under the counter. But occasionally they would allow some nudity to get into the interior art. This Monday’s Lost Art will focus on some of that inner beauty. From the sublime to the cheesecake. Don’t forget to click on the images.

Temptress of Eden, Art by Emsh (Future SF, April 1959)

Jonah and the Venus Whale--Artist unknown (Other Worlds, June 1955)

Temptress of Planet Delight by Frank Kelly Freas (Planet Stories, May 1953)

The Ship of Ishtar by Finlay (Fantastic Novels Magazine, March 1948)

Terror Out of Space, Art by Terry (Imagination, July 1954)

The Stilled Patter by Stallman (Infinity, June 1956)

Lost Art #3 Other Worlds Sept. 1951 Ed Cartier Mon, 10 Oct 2011 11:00:51 +0000

Other Worlds, 9-1951 Cover Art by Jim Settles

Other Worlds featuring Ed Cartier

For this Monday’s Lost Art series we’re going to look at the art of a single issue. Other Worlds Science Stories lasted for 46 issues. The fiction was usually not that great, but they had some top notch illustrations. This issue from September, 1951 features some really nice art from Ed Cartier. Lets take a look:

Down in the Misty Mountains (1 of 3) art by Ed Cartier

Down in the Misty Mountains (2 of 3) art by Ed Cartier

Down in the Misty Mountains (3 of 3) art by Ed Cartier

The Witness by Ed Cartier (I love this one)

A Word From Our Sponsor--Art by Ed Cartier

Lost Art #2 – Virgil Finlay – Black and White Magic Mon, 03 Oct 2011 11:00:32 +0000 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

Lost Art #1 – The Interior Art of the Pulps Mon, 26 Sep 2011 11:00:00 +0000 Forgotten and Overlooked

The Father of Science Fiction Illustration--Frank R. Paul--Amazing Stories April 1933 illustrating The Man Who Awoke by Laurence Manning

There’s a number of sites that feature the cover of the old Pulp magazine (and they’re awesome). But what is often overlooked and forgotten and nearly lost is the art in the interiors. I’ve got a great fondness for the old fiction magazines, whether they be the pulps or the digests. I’ve decided, as a regular feature on Brain Plucker, to feature some of the art I’ve been running across.

Types of Lost Art

Slowly going through and scanning the art from the Pulps and Digests to find these treasures is one my ideas of fun. Because now I can share them with you.

This is a planned weekly feature for Mondays. We’ll have different postings for individual artists, special themes, and featuring individual magazines’ content.

And I’ll always try to credit the artist. Sometimes the artist is uncredited, but perhaps other fans can clue me in those cases.

There will be an emphasis on Science Fiction but there will be other genre featured too.

The Kind of Art That Will Be Featured

The art will come from various magazines from around 1930 to 1963. The art will be in the Public Domain. Some magazines renewed their copyrights. Those magazines won’t be featured here. But believe me, there is no lack of magazines with great illustrations that are Public Domain. The pulps generally lasted till about the mid-1950s. The popular magazine format switched to digests. From these pulps and digests is where I will mine most of the art.

Some of the interior art is poor. I’ll be avoiding that kind. There’s so much that is very good to excellent, why bother with the crap.

These are Thumbnails, People. Click on Them

Really, the thumbnails don’t do these works justice. Please click on them and admire their craft. The details and craftsmanship blows me away. And there’s the plain artistry!


The Time Tombs by Virgil Finlay from the March, 1963 If

Processing Back to Black & White

When I scan these images, often the paper is course and tanned (kind of what pulps are all about). I process these back into Black and White very carefully. There are no shades of gray or tan when completed. There’s a fine line (pun intended) in keeping the details and totally messing them up. Sometimes the quality of the paper and printing limits my ability to pull out the most out of an image. But I’m usually pleasantly surprised at how nice they turn out.


Coloring the Past

So what’s the big picture here? There’s bigger plans than just sharing these wonderful images. We are working on a project to colorize many of these images. This will be a community effort and I’ll be adding details once the project is up and running.

Also we plan to publish print books of some the black and white and well as colored art.

Lost and Found!

The Avengers illustrated by Emsh from Science Fiction Stories 9-58

So let’s get away from this text and view some art. And look for more every Monday!

The Torch illustrated by Lawrence from Fantastic Novel Mysteries--Fantastic Indeed!

Cinderella, Inc. illustrated by H. W. McCauley from Imagination, December 1952

Homecoming illustrated by Frank Kelly Freas from Science Fiction Stories, 11-56

Dolgov illustrating Ride the El to Doom from Weird Tales, 11-1944 (a two page spread)