Secrets of the Mask, part 1- In the beginning

A recent rummage through some boxes turned up two copies of Black Mask, and I started reading them. One was from the thirties, another from the forties. I thought it might be interesting to review a few issues to see the difference in editors as the magazine changed. As I did that, I found some… Continue reading Secrets of the Mask, part 1- In the beginning

Feeling down? Cheer up with free illustration art

A collection of illustration art links. In the “But is it pulp?” department: Glenn Bray’s 800-page book of comic book, pulp magazine, and book covers is available for pre-order Eyes on the stars The pulp magazines were printed on cheap paper, their covers were often colored brightly and done amateurishly. But there’s nothing like those… Continue reading Feeling down? Cheer up with free illustration art

Ups and Downs of the Illustrating life

Charlie Dye, famous illustrator and cowboy artist, on how he got into illustration and what he found it to be. “My career in Art has been typical of so many others, that only in detail does it differ. I first studied in Chicago and started in advertising art there in the Windy City. Then I… Continue reading Ups and Downs of the Illustrating life

The case of the unknown artists, or Who did the early covers for Blue Book?

A couple of weeks ago, as I was going through the May 1907 issue of Blue Book, I realized that the cover was signed but unidentified. Indeed, the FictionMags Index did not have artists attributed for the first few years of the magazine‚Äôs existence. From 1912 onwards, the magazine credited the cover artist in the… Continue reading The case of the unknown artists, or Who did the early covers for Blue Book?