Amazing Stories Cover

Artist:Alex Schomburg
Date:1961
Medium:Gouache on Illustration Board
Dimensions:Sight Size 13" X 17 1/2" Framed 19 3/4" X 24"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Cover for Amazing Stories - February, 1961
Price:Sold
Full view

Full view

The artist's signature lower left

The artist's signature lower left

The artwork as it appeared on the February, 1961 cover of Amazing Stories (included in sale) .

The artwork as it appeared on the February, 1961 cover of Amazing Stories (included in sale) .

This remarkable gouache pulp cover painting by Alex Schomburg appeared on the February, 1961 issue of the long running Ziff-Davis magazine Amazing Stories - Fact And Science Fiction. Though the work seems like pure fantasy at first glance, it is based on the real-life practice of both the American and Soviet space programs of sending mice, dogs, chimpanzees and animals into space to test the effects of space travel on living beings prior to the first manned flights out of Earth's orbit. This scene in particular is a humorous imagining of what might happen should one of these chimpanzees crash land on the moon.  The improbable scene is described in an editorial on page 5 of the published magazine; we included a scan of that text below.

Title page explanation of cover painting

Title page explanation of cover painting

The comic book legend Stan Lee said that "Alex Schomburg was to comic art what Norman Rockwell was to The Saturday Evening Post." The artist today is perhaps most celebrated by comic book fans for his action-packed superhero and airbrushed "good girl" covers done during the Golden Age. In addition to his comic book art, Schomburg is also remembered for his stellar science fiction scenes, done for pulps, digests, magazines, and children's books.

Detail

Detail

Work is handsomely framed under UV glass and a high grade edition of the published pulp magazine is included in the sale.

Framed and matted view under UV glass

Framed and matted view under UV glass



 

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