Pulp Art: Original Cover Paintings for the Great American Pulp Magazines

by Robert Lesser

Hardcover, 1997

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Available

Publication

New York : Gramercy Books, c1997.

Description

The first book to feature the original paintings created for American pulp magazine covers, this unique reference offers an authoritative text, historical surveys, vintage letters, 125 full-page images, and much more.

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Here, the illustrations alone are worth the price of admission. The reproductions are of a very nice quality, and in most cases the author has managed to use the original pieces, devoid of the typography the pulp magazines slapped on. The book is a visual delight.

The text is also interesting and informative, though the scholarship felt a little off-kilter at times. There were a couple of facts that I know for certain to be wrong, and a few other places where the author introduced interesting ideas but never followed through with them. The most glaring, thing, though, was that the rest of the book belied his introduction. Lesser opens the work with the statement that Americans don't judge art by its origins, and that even commercial art is highly valued in American society. He proceeds, throughout the rest of the book, to describe just how reviled and undervalued pulp art has been and continues to be, finding acceptance only with a select few collectors and fans.

That said, though, the book does have merit. It serves as a good survey of several different genres of pulp art, and the illustrations really do make it worthwhile. The appendixes are nice, too; they include a selection of reprinted letters-to-the-editor, a guide to begining a pulp art collection, and a series of short biographies of the best of the artists.
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