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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Slaves of Sleep

Hannes Bok (1914-1964) 1948 Mixed media on illustration board 10 x 16" A.2.5 Book jacket illustration for Slaves of Sheep by L. Ron Hubbard, Shasta Publishers, Chicago, IL, 1948. L. Ron Hubbard was well known as a science fiction writer of science fiction in the 1940s and 1950s. Today he is associated more with his book Dianetics and as the founder of Scientology. He first introduced "Dianetics: A New Science of the Mind" in the May 1940 issue of Astounding Science Fiction.

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