American Illustrations


29 pioneering artists: 80 years of published science fiction


These science fiction, adventure and fantasy illustrations appeared on the covers of timeless novels such as the Tarzan series by Edgar Rice Burroughs and classic pulp magazines from the 1930s through 1960s, such as Amazing Stories, Weird Tales, Fantastic Adventures, and Wonder Stories. Cover artwork for hardcover and paperback books by Robert E. Howard, L. Ron Hubbard, and Robert Heinlein among other authors are also featured.

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Marvel Science Fiction Cover

Hannes Bok (1914-1964) 1951 Mixed media on illustration board 11 x 15" A.2.3 Marvel Science Fiction magazine had many monthly contests for its readers to give titles to its cover illustrations, such as this one by Hannes Bok. Prizes were given to those with the top six title entries. The first prize included original manuscripts of the magazine's stories as well as pen and ink drawings of the authors. The second to sixth prize winners were given original artwork from the magazine.

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