We now begin the second 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 1, April 1926 thru March 1927. Today we continue with the second volume.
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 1928 thru March 1929, followed by April 1929 thru June 1929, plus the Annual and Quarterly covers) we’ll have a run off to pick everyone’s absolute favorite Frank R. Paul cover.
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.
There’s at least two heavily reproduced covers in this lot, artwork that has been used in any number of places over the years, acknowledging Paul’s influence over the genre. It will be interesting to see what today’s audience picks.