Attention, 21st Century Earthlings! This is Captain Blastoff, coming to you from the Galaxy Gallery in the future, talking about a great popular art form of the past: Cheap Science Fiction Book Covers!
VIRGIL FINLAY, American, 1914-1971, is probably one of the best known of Science Fiction cover artists. Now on auction at Heritage (ha.com) is a couple of very nice works by Mr. Finlay.
One is just described as “Science Fiction Magazine Painted Cover Original Art (c. late ’50s-early ’60s).” I don’t recognize the “rocket in the snow” scene myself. Any guesses what publication this graced? The narrative implied is rather interesting…
The second, and most impressive painting is from “Famous Fantastic Mysteries”, a pulp magazine cover published December 1942. An original copy of the pulp accompanies this lot. Estimate: $6,000 – $8,000. Your opening bid is a mere $3,000.
So much for CHEAP Science Fiction Book Cover art, huh?
This has been Captain Blastoff, checking my bank account and ending transmission.