Artwork of the Day: Startling Comics (by Alex Schomburg)


by Alex Schomburg

That robot’s in love! Never take your date to a swamp. A human would have understood that.

This is from 1949. The cover was done by Alex Schomburg. This issue had become very popular with collectors both because of Schomburg’s artwork but also because some people think that the robot on the cover was the inspiration for Futurama‘s Bender.

Prepare For The Future With The Covers Of Science Fiction Quarterly


by Edmund Emshwiller

Science Fiction Quarterly began it’s initial run in 1940 and, with the world distracted by war in the present, it ceased publication in 1943.  However, once the war was over and people were once again looking to the future, Science Fiction Quarterly was revived in 1951 and ran until 1958.  Over the course of its run, it published many of the current and future “big names” in science fiction.  Isaac Asimon, Arthur C. Clarke, James Blish, and Donald Wolheim were among the writers whose work appeared in the pages of Science Fiction Quarterly.  When Science Fiction Quarterly ceased publication in 1958, it was the last of the science fiction pulp magazines.  When there were no more issues of Science Fiction Quarterly, it was the end of the era but, considering the future success of the magazine’s writers, it would also be the beginning of a new age.

With 2020 soon coming to a close, now seems like a good time to look to the future with the covers of Science Fiction Quarterly.

by A. Leslie Ross

by Alex Schomburg

by Allen Gustav Anderson

by Edmund Emshwiller

by Edmund Emswhiller

by Frank Kelly Freas

by Frank Kelly Freas

by Frank R. Paul

by Jack Binder

by Leo Morey

by Milton Luros

by Milton Luros

by Milton Luros

Happy International Dinosaur Day!


Today, we observe International Dinosaur Day!

The first recorded discover of dinosaur fossils occurred in 1820 and, since then, dinosaur remains have been found on all seven continents.  According to CheckiDay: “Richard Owen, an English anatomist, came up with the word “Dinosauria” in 1842. The word comes from the Greek word “deinos,” meaning terrible or fearfully great, and “sauros,” meaning reptile or lizard. He applied the term to three animals that fossilized bones had been found of over the previous few decades.”

The best way to observe today is to go down to a museum and take a look at the fantastic creatures who inhabited this planet before human beings came along.  But if you can’t get to a museum today, check out these magazine and paperback covers below.  Not surprisingly, dinosaurs were very popular with the pulps.  Here’s just a few of them:

by Alex Schomburg

by CC Senf

by Earle Bergey

by Hans Wessolowski

by Thomas Beecham

by Earle Bergey

by Ed Emshwiller

The Aliens Are Here!


The Aliens are here!  They were spotted flying over California earlier tonight night and lighting up the sky.  The official story is that everyone was just seeing Trident missiles.  Watch the video below and judge for yourself.

I don’t know about you but it sure looks like aliens to me!  What might our new alien overlords be like?  Here’s how some others imagined this moment.

(By Alex Schomburg)

(By Alex Schomburg)

(By Allen Gustav Anderson)

(By Allen Gustav Anderson)

By Ally Fell

By Ally Fell

(Artist Unknown)

(Artist Unknown)

(Artist Unknown)

(Artist Unknown)

(Artist Unknown)

(Artist Unknown)

(By Earle Bergey)

(By Earle Bergey)

(By Edmond Swiatek)

(By Edmond Swiatek)

(By Gabriel Mayorga)

(By Gabriel Mayorga)

Whatever you may look like, welcome to Earth!