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Lost Art #11 American Magazine — Illustrations From 5-56

As the Lost Art series is basically about interior illustrations that have not been reprinted and mostly forgotten about, we bring you some selections from the June 1958 issue of American Magazine.  American Magazine was a general interest magazine, much like Life Magazine, but with a bigger dose of fiction, by some of the best writers of the day in every genre. They featured such authors bestselling authors like Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, and also featuring up and comers like John D. MacDonald. All done with some of the best illustrators of the period.

A good portion of the magazine was non-fiction items of news. With quality photos, it was full of  popular culture, movies, music, technology, sports, travelogues, advice, vintage advertisements, the arts, comics, and probable more stuff than I can think of.

The magazine can tend have a too wholesome sweetness to it (see cover). But I’m drawn to the fiction illustrators. They featured art and illustrations by some of the top professionals in the field. And the illustrations, like the fiction, covered nearly every genre. If there was one thing that was somewhat subversive to the general sheen of the American glee, it was the mystery and crime fiction and illustrations.

And don’t forget to click on the thumbnails.

Cover of American Magazine, May 1956

Not my taste in covers, but the inside is golden.

This is Love -- art by Morgan Kane

jenny and the big bad wolf--art by Arthur Sarnoff

The Most Important Man -- art by Peter Stevens. A bullet to the face plate, yuch!



Beloved Survivor -- art by Tom Lovell

Nero Wolfe and the Vanishing Clue -- sort of a title page -- art by Alex Ross (no not that Alex Ross)

Nero Wolfe and the Vanishing Clue -- art by Alex Ross

Okay the funniest thing about this is the writer's name. I can see the editor shaking his head saying "Really, we're goin' with that? Dick Hyman?"

Retro-fact -- road maps used to be given away for free at gas stations. This guy could be going "A Beautiful Mind" on us.

New Releases – Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe & Damon Knight Collection

Two big releases from Wonder Publishing Group this week. For those who don’t know, WPG is my—Rick Jackson—publishing venture. So I’m really thrilled with being able to publish the Rex Stout Mystery, Over My Dead Body, as an eBook.

Over My Dead Body by Rex Stout

Over My Dead Body by Rex Stout

Over My Dead Body by Rex Stout


A spine-tingling NERO WOLFE murder-mystery. It all began when Nero Wolfe was blackmailed into taking the case of a rather stunning blonde who was accused of stealing. Suddenly there was a corpse! And to further complicate matters … another corpse! Then Nero Wolfe started weaving his fine web. When he had completed it, he was stunned to find himself enmeshed in it! For big spiders were weaving, too! Powerful, international spiders that had everything to lose if Nero Wolfe should win–and who were determined that he should become their fly! But Nero Wolfe again managed to sort out all the queer characters in this intriguing case and put the finger on the killer; but for a while it seemed he would never make it! Mix diamonds and murder … spice it with an attractive blonde and a sinuous brunette … put in a weird fencing academy to bake … and it comes out as international skullduggery with deadly icing! When Nero Wolfe was forced to bite into this concoction, he not only suffered acute private eye indigestion–he was catapulted into the strangest and most dangerous assignment of his colorful career!

The Star Beast and Other Stories by Damon Knight

The Star Beast and Other Stories by Damon Knight

The Star Beast and Other Stories by Damon Knight


Six vintage stories from Science Fiction Grand Master, Damon Knight. First published in the 1940s & 50s, these stories show his diversity from galactic adventure to nihilistic philosophy.

Doorway to Kal-Jmar–Two men had died before Syme Rector’s guns to give him the key to the ancient city of Kal-Jmar–a city of untold wealth, and of robots that made desires instant commands.

The Beachcomber–Alice saw the Beachcomber as a glorious hunk of man; Maxwell saw him as a super being from the future. Tragically, he was both!

The Star Beast–They called this strange tentacle-headed blob that had floundered into the System Oscar. They were to learn a better name.

The Worshipers–Destiny reached out a hand to Algernon Weaver–but he was a timid man, at first. But on the strange world of Terranova, there was much to be learned–of destiny, and other things….

Blackout– A short short story that mentions Charles Fort. And it has an idea as strange as any conjectured by Mr. Fort.

The Earth Quarter–The Niroi permitted refugees from Earth to live in their cramped little ghetto conditionally: that they do so peacefully. But there will always be patriotic fanatics, like Harkway and Rack, who must disturb the peace …

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