Posts Tagged ‘covers’

Atomolink & a contest announcement

I was cruising Flickr today, checking the number of hits my Shadowrun-themed Lego minifigs got over the last 24 hours (717 so far, thankyouverymuch), and found myself looking for pulp covers. I found this great issue of Fantastic Story Magazine from November 1952:

The cover art is by Earle K. Bergey, and while it’s not as wild or fantastic as I usually like, it really stuck with me. Mostly it’s how the rocketship plowed into the planet like a lawn dart, no crumpling, no debris. But that’s what I love about pulps — maybe the planet is soft? Yeah, that’s the ticket — it’s soft, made of living tissue, and that’s why the tentacles are attacking the stranded crew. It’s just a defense mechanism.

And that’s why I’m a pulp sci fi fan, and why I wanted to make Cosmic Patrol! Take one sweet piece of art and bam! — adventure!

 

CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT!

We ran a contest for writing/art spots in the next Cosmic Patrol book, Into the Cosmos. It ended Dec. 1 and took me a long time to pick the winners out—all the entries were amazing. That said, they are chosen and I’ll be announcing the winners this week. I just have to wrap a fews things up before I can send out the omniwave communique.

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12 2011

Atomolinks: The Metal Horde

It doesn’t get much better than this! The cover from Imagination’s June 1954 issue features “Slaves to the Metal Horde” by Milton Lesser (aka Stephen Marlowe, see last Atomolink).

The cover has everything you could hope for in a sci fi pulp: distressed woman in torn clothes, fantastical robot threatening her and an awesomely intriguing title. It doesn’t take much effort to see how you can create a game scenario based on the art.

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06 2011

Passing Greats

Al Williamson passed away today. io9 has a great post featuring a smattering of his pieces, from Flash Gordon to Star Wars. One piece they didn’t show was a cover from Weird Fantasy that Williams created with Frank Frazetta.

Art by Al Williamson and Frank Frazetta

It doesn’t get much better than this! Barbarian warrior fights a space monster while a damsel in a classic fish bowl helmet wields a raygun. Just perfect!

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06 2010

Atomolinks: Kelly Freas Prints

The Ark of Mars

Kelly Freas' cover art for Planet Stories September 1953

Amazing cover art is synonymous with the science fiction pulps, and in many cases, was key to their popularity. Kelly Freas was one of the best artists and definitely one of my favorites. Lucky for us, you can check out Northern Star Art for a huge selection of prints, posters and other pieces – some actually signed by Freas! The prices are incredibly good – I purchased a lot of six of Freas’ Planet Stories covers for a paltry $19.99 and was impressed at the quality of the prints. I don’t say it often, but they should be charging more!

Go check out Northern Star Art now!

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06 2010

Atomolinks

Atomolinks: Sweet scifi, pulpy and otherwise awesome things to check out. Use them as inspiration for your own game or just take a look and be entertained.

First Atomolink: Ron Turner cover archive on Flickr!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gems_from_the_collection/sets/72157600000117243/

Ron Turner is one of my top pulp scifi artists. Not only was he incredibly talented, but was also quite prolific. Wikipedia has a nice entry for him here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Turner_(artist)

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06 2010