Americans didn’t invent outdoor advertising. That distinction would probably have to go to the ancient Egyptians who would put up notices offering rewards for runaway slaves. But Americans certainly moved the outdoor advertising art form forward in our own ostentatious way during the 20th century.
Anton Brzezinski has made a name for himself with his homages to surrealist artists like Dali, and has styled himself "the Polish Picasso." But he got his start painting giant reproductions of Frank R. Paul's classic science fiction magazine covers for Forrest E. Ackerman, with colors that burst with life.
Science fiction can warn us about potential disasters, and school us about the downsides of knowing too much — but a lot of the best science fiction inspires us, instead, by showing how people can solve problems and conquer ignorance. What's the most uplifting piece of optimistic science fiction you've ever seen?
There's something especially wonderful and bright about pulp science fiction cover art, and the Golden Age blog has collected tons of the stuff. Prepare to have the next hour of your life devoured by monsters and robots from the Golden Age of science fiction.
Long before we were building spacecraft, we were dreaming of them. And some of our earliest ideas about space vehicles were pretty fanciful, or even downright bizarre. Here are the most astonishing and baffling spaceship designs from before we had spaceships.
Almost fifty years after his death, Frank R. Paul remains one of the biggest names in science fiction art and pulp magazine illustration. These visions of life on moons and planets throughout our solar system (recently posted to reddit with no attribution to Paul, his work, or his impact) provide us with another…
Frank R. Paul did more than almost any other artist to shape the images that light up our collective dreams. He provided the bright, eye-popping imagery for Hugo Gernsback's vision of science fiction, and his art from the 1920s still feels fresher than a lot of the stuff being created today.
Over in The Atlantic, there's a great quick-and-dirty history of the science fiction book cover, courtesy of the folks at SF bookstore Singularity & Co. Starting with the pulpy artwork of artists like Frank R. Paul and others, the covers progressed into some fairly cartoony images of aliens and rocketships in the…
Although Hugo Gernsback is best-known among fans for creating the first-ever magazine devoted to science fiction, he published a great many science fiction magazines, continuing well into the 1950s. However, while science fiction evolved and progressed around him, he remained firmly rooted in the style of the old …
We all love the colorful richness of science fiction pulp cover art. But pulp art didn't spring into the world fully formed, full of beautiful women adventurers and marauding robots.