Lawrence – BRAIN PLUCKER THE WONDER PUBLISHING GROUP BLOG Wed, 01 Aug 2012 11:00:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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 #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)

Great Covers Series 3 – Famous Fantastic Mysteries Wed, 25 Nov 2009 17:11:23 +0000 Famous Fantastic Mysteries ran from 1939 to 1953. Most of the cover were by Lawrence and Virgil Finlay. It started out with stories mostly of reprints from the earlier pulp magazines published by the Munsey company. Later in ’43 they started reprinting novels that were only previously printed in book form. These issues were full of some fine interior art as well. Most notably Virgil Finlay, my personal fave of the period.

Famous Fantastic Mysteries Gallery

Famous Fantastic Mysteries Slideshow

Artist - Virgil Finlay

Artist - Virgil Finlay