The Fantastic Covers of Fantastic


by Ed Valigursky

Fantastic was a magazine that featured stories of fantasy, horror, and science fiction.  It ran from 1952 to 1980, outlasting the majority of its competition and spinning off several other “Fantastic” magazines.  Eventually, after sells started to slow down in the 70s, Fantastic merged with Amazing Stories.  Today, issues of Fantastic are highly sought after by collectors, both for their stories and their covers.

Here are a few of the fantastic covers of Fantastic!

by Ed Valigursky

by Ed Valigursky

by Edmund Emshwiller

by George Schelling

by George Schelling

by Leo Summers

by Leo Summers

by Lloyd Buckingham

by Lloyd Buckingham

by Robert Frankenberg

The Covers of Fantastic Universe


by Edmund Emshwiller

It’s a new year and I don’t know about you but I feel like looking to the future.  From 1953 to 1960, Fantastic Universe did just that.  It was one of the many sci-fi magazines to be published in the 50s.  While it was never as financially successful as some of the other magazines of the age, it has since been acclaimed for the quality of its writing and for its covers!

Here, to get 2022 off to a good start, are a few of the covers of Fantastic Universe:

by Virgil Finlay

by Alex Schomburg

by Alex Schomburg

by Ed Moritz

by Frank Kelly Freas

by Leo Margulies

by Virgil Finlay

by Virgil Finlay

by Virgil Finlay

by Virgil Finlay

by Virgil Finlay

The Covers of If


1957, by Edmund Emshwiller

If was science fiction magazine that was published from 1952 to 1974, by Quinn Publications.  Though If was never more than a modest success as far as sales went, it still published work from authors like Harlan Ellison, Robert A. Heinlin, and Larry Niven.  It also featured some of the best covers in the business.  Here are a few of the covers of If magazine:

1952, by Henry Jones

1952, by Martin Key

1952, by Ralph Joiner

1952, by Ralph Joiner

1954, by Ken Fagg

1955, by Frank Kelly Freas

1959, by Frank Kelly Freas

1959, by John Pederson

1959, by John Perderson

1962, by Virgil Finlay

1965, by Richard McKenna

Beware The Tentacles Of October!


by John Newton Howitt

Are you scared of tentacles?

Whether they’re reaching down from the sky or coming out of the water, the idea of being grabbed and, even worse, squeezed by several slimy tentacles is a scary one!  Perhaps that’s why it was such a popular image during the pulp age.  Below is just a sampling of some of the era’s tentacle horror, courtesy of some of the best artists to work in the pulps!

by Earle Bergey

by Alexander Leydenfrost

by Edmund Emshwiller

by Hugh Joseph Ward

by L.B. Cole

by Lou Fine

by Rafael DeSoto

by Robert Bonfils

by Ron Embleton

by Rudolph Belarski

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