Posts Tagged ‘Virgil 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.
What’s Wrong With My Brain?
Take a walk on the psychically wild side with these lost weird wonders of the past.
Classing the Joint Up
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.
Hold a Laser Blaster to My Head
“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?
Forgotten and Overlooked
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!
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!
So let’s get away from this text and view some art. And look for more every Monday!
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.