Pulp Art: Original Cover Paintings for the Great American Pulp Magazines

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Sterling, 2005 - Art - 182 pages
The term pulp fiction has always had a certain resonance; but it is the artwork--bold, energized, dramatic, garishly colorful, and frequently grotesque--that has made pulp magazines memorable to so many people. Pulp Art is the groundbreaking--and ultimate--book on one of America's most important and spectacular forms of illustration art. At last, preserved in this volume are most of the still-existing originals created for the pulp covers, never before seen in all their sharply focused, vibrantly colored brilliance. Robert Lesser, a pioneering collector of this work and an expert on American popular culture, has assembled a gallery of these now-priceless originals. The dynamically pulp-flavored text is a complete historical survey of the pulps and their most important cover artists--Virgil Finlay, J. Allen St. John, Rafael de Soto, Hannes Bok, George and Jerome Rozen, Frank R. Paul, and many others. Also offered are critical discussions of individual paintings, as well as the major themes of the pulp magazines.

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Here, the illustrations alone are worth the price of admission. The reproductions are of a very nice quality, and in most cases the author has managed to use the original pieces, devoid of the ... Read full review

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The pulp magazines and dime paperbacks of the 1920s through 1950s were considered low-grade trash by the literary and artistic standards of their day, but time has a funny way of changing things, and ... Read full review

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