Thursday, February 18, 2010

13 SF/F Magazine covers



Because of the copyright law at the time, these magazine covers fell into public domain after their copyright wasn't renewed after 28 years. I find these pulp era covers to be incredibly fun and thought inspiring.

With this kind of artwork, I like to look at it and try to come up with the story that goes along with it. So do my kids. Sometimes it turns into a game of who can come up with the most outrageous story.

What stories do you see?
(hint: you can view these in larger size by right clicking and selecting "view image")

13 comments:

Ms Menozzi said...

I find magazines to be an addictive substance. Once I find one I enjoy on a topic I'm particularly fanatic about, I go off to find all the issues I possibly can (back issues I mean).

Then again, I'm sort of a compulsive collector. Luckily, I don't collect SF/F magazines, because those can be truly precious, cost-wise.

But dang, the art is fascinating! :)

Mary Quast said...

I love the artwork! So classic.

Happy T-13!

Stephanie Adkins said...

Love the artwork, Ella! Happy Thursday! *Hugs*

Sasha Devlin said...

Tres Cool! I have to say that pic w/ the monster climbing out the book is going to haunt me for the rest of the day. And the 2nd one reminds me of an Anita Blake villain. She was a lamia (sp?) and had a body that imagined would look like that. *shudder*

Adelle Laudan said...

Great artwork. It reminds me of the pin up girls from the 40's and 50's

Happy T13!

Elise Logan said...

Awesome. It's like plot bunnies in print form!

Paige Tyler said...

Very cool!

*hugs*
Paige

My TT is at http://paigetylertheauthor.blogspot.com/

Inez Kelley said...

Very interesting and a marvel to see how things have changed and yet stayed the same too.

Alice Audrey said...

I love these! They actually pre-date me. A little.

A. Catherine Noon said...

What I love about them is how much art went into them, you know? Really extraordinary, particularly since they were before the graphics computers we use now to generate images.

Happy TT!

Shelley Munro said...

The artwork is wonderful. It's interesting to see our things have changed. I like these better than our more modern covers.

Tatiana Caldwell said...

These are actually some awesome, creativity-inspiring covers. It makes me too want to play the game of "make up a story" to go along with the artwork.

Great list, and happy belated-TT!

Heather said...

Interesting artwork. Sorry I missed this one a couple weeks ago!