1941 Best Professional Artist

Now onto the Retro artists

I couldn’t find them on Deviant Art (ha! I crack myself up), but I did find a nice Pulp Artists site that has works for each of them. It doesn’t have many for the specific year in question, but it at least provides some clear examples of their style and talent until we hopefully get some examples in the Retro Packet.

So, who is at the top of your list?

As always, keep in mind the Comment Rules, and let’s discuss the Hugo finalists!

Update: Hat tips to Bartimaeus, for the link to Amazing Stories’ cover gallery and Steve J Wright for the link to many of Frank R. Paul’s works.

2 thoughts on “1941 Best Professional Artist”

  1. OK…. I wasn’t particularly familiar with Edd Cartier or Hubert Rogers (I didn’t know, for instance, that Rogers was the guy who did that iconic picture of Kim Kinnison!), but the others are quite familiar to me.

    Hannes Bok’s distinctive curved shapes and shadings are pretty instantly recognizable, and he’s certainly one of the most interesting SF illustrators, with some of his covers verging on full-on abstract art. It’s a strong, distinct, often very appealing style.

    Margaret Brundage was well-known for her illustrations for “Weird Tales”, often featuring damsels in distress (so much so that she became known as “Margaret Bondage” in some low quarters); her saleability suffered, I think, because her delicate pastels-on-illustration-board works were *physically* delicate and required careful handling by delivery people and arts departments alike. It did make for some striking images, though.

    Although the examples you’ve given of Virgil Finlay include several cover colours, I mostly know him from his black-and-white interior illustrations – often very finely detailed, and with a striking use of lighting effects. I get so few chances to use the word “chiaroscuro”, it would be remiss of me to pass one up; Finlay makes fine use of chiaroscuro in his line drawing.

    The guy to beat this year, though, has to be Frank R. Paul, who was at the height of his powers, creating dazzling art-deco spaceships and towering cityscapes and unlikely alien life forms. Several of his “Life on Other Worlds” illustrations came out in 1940; I fired up the Wayback Machine and found this site: https://web.archive.org/web/20120405160521/http://davidszondy.com/future/otherworlds/life.htm – which sets them all in context. (“Life on Uranus” and the ones on the Jovian moons definitely came out in 1940.)


  2. There’s a collection of eligible cover art at Amazing Stories. It’s organized by artist (see the black images with artist name) and you can click each picture to view a larger version.

    Hubert Rogers’ work is by far my favorite.


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