We now begin the fourth poll to pick our favorite Frank R. Paul Amazing Stories cover.
We’re presenting these images based on the publishing history of Amazing Stories; the magazine’s ‘year’ runs from April through March.
Last week we featured covers from Volume 3, April 1928 thru March 1929. Today we continue with the fourth volume.
Unfortunately, Frank R. Paul would not be doing any other covers for Amazing Stories starting with the June, 1930 issue. He’d follow Hugo Gernsback over to the new magazine – Science Wonder Stories.
However, starting in 1927, Frank R. Paul did illustrate covers for two other Amazing Stories properties, the short lived Amazing Stories Annual (a single volume) and Amazing Stories Quarterly which lasted for several years.
In order to round out the fourth volume, we’ve included the Frank R. Paul covers for those other publications in this poll as well.
The winners of the previous poll have been announced in another post. At the end of the four polls we’ll be conducting (next is April 1929 thru June 1929, plus the 1927 Amazing Stories Annual and the Amazing Stories Quarterlies for 1928 and two issues in 1929). We’ll have a run off to pick everyone’s absolute favorite Frank R. Paul cover following the conclusion of the fourth poll.
Paul was the very first Guest of Honor at the very first World Science Fiction Convention in 1939. Fittingly so as he was handed an overwhelming task back in 1926: how to illustrate a ‘new kind of magazine’.
When it comes to the pulp era of science fiction, there is certainly no better illustrator. Other artists are different, as important, as creative, as awe-inspiring, but none are better.
Sometime later on this year, posters and other wall art featuring Frank R. Paul’s cover art for Amazing Stories is going to be available to the general public (which also happens to include fans).
First, you’ll see a mosaic of all of the covers in question, suitably sized to make a judgment. (If these still aren’t large enough for you, pop on over to our Paul Gallery and take a look there.) Then, the poll. Just click on the little dot to indicate your favorite.
We’ll announce the winning cover(s) at the conclusion of this poll.