The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction – September, 1955 (Frank Kelly Freas) [Featuring “Operation Afreet”, by Poul Anderson]

Unlike the majority of science fiction (and fantasy) magazines of the 40s and 50s, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction eschewed interior art.  The issue of September, 1955 was an exception to this policy, featuring two illustrations – below – by Frank Kelly Freas, which accompanied Poul Anderson’s tale “Operation Afreet”.

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Astounding Science Fiction – March, 1950 (Hubert Rogers) [Featuring “New Foundations”, by Wilmar H. Shiras]

Illustration by Hubert Rogers, for Wilmar Shiras’ story “New Foundations” (p. 15)

Illustration by Hubert Rogers, for Wilmar Shiras’ story “New Foundations” (p. 24)

Illustration by Hubert Rogers, for Wilmar Shiras’ story “New Foundations” (p. 34)Illustration by Brush, for H. Beam Piper’s story “The Mercenaries” (p. 59)

Illustration by Hubert Rogers, for L. Ron Hubbard’s story “To The Stars” (p. 78)

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Illustration by Hubert Rogers, for L. Ron Hubbard’s story “To The Stars” (p. 87)  This is the “original” art as published in Astounding.  Unusually for Rogers, one character – the man – has been rendered as a “positive” image, while his lady friend is depicted in “inverted” tones.

The same illustration as above, but digitally “inverted” and enhanced using Photoshop, to make the image of the woman clearer.  Notice that Rogers has included his initials – “H.R.” – on the park bench.

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Illustration by Hubert Rogers, for L. Ron Hubbard’s story “To The Stars” (p. 96)

Illustration by Hubert Rogers, for L. Ron Hubbard’s story “To The Stars” (p. 107)

Illustration by Hubert Rogers, for L. Ron Hubbard’s story “To The Stars” (p. 118)

Astounding Science Fiction – April, 1950 (Hubert Rogers) [Featuring “The Wizard of Linn”, by A.E. van Vogt]

Illustration by Hubert Rogers, for A.E. van Vogt’s story “The Wizard of Linn” (p. 6)

Illustration by Hubert Rogers, for A.E. van Vogt’s story “The Wizard of Linn” (p. 31)

Illustration by Hubert Rogers, for A.E. van Vogt’s story “The Wizard of Linn” (p. 38)

Illustration by Hubert Rogers, for James Blish’s story “Okie” (p. 69)

Illustration by Hubert Rogers, for James Blish’s story “Okie” (p. 85)

Illustration by Hubert Rogers, for James Blish’s story “Okie” (p. 92)

Astounding Science Fiction – January, 1950 (Chesley Bonestell) [Featuring “The Xi Effect”, by Philip Latham]

Illustration by Jack Gaughan, for Poul Anderson’s story “Gypsy” (p. 66)

Illustration by Hubert Rogers, for Isaac Asimov’s story “…And Now You Don’t” (p. 139)

 

Astounding Science Fiction – February, 1950 (Hubert Rogers) [Featuring “To The Stars”, by L. Ron Hubbard]

Illustration by Brush, for A.E. van Vogt’s story “The Sound” (p. 56)

Illustration by Brush, for A.E. van Vogt’s story “The Sound” (p. 68)

Illustration by Ward, for Katherine MacLean’s story “And Be Merry…” (p. 107)

Illustration by Ward, for Katherine MacLean’s story “And Be Merry…” (p. 115)

Illustration by Edward Cartier, for Lawrence O’Donnell’s story “Promised Land” (p. 146)

Beyond Fantasy Fiction – July, 1953 (Richard Powers)

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The first issue of Horace Gold’s Beyond Fantasy Fiction featured cover art from the stylistically unique and extraordinarily imaginative Richard Powers.  Typical of much of Powers’ work, the finished painting features a variety of organic elements combined with arbitrarily curved, streamlined, ostensibly mechanical objects.  Akin to many of his works, the recognizable “human” form is kept to a minimum, in terms of size and prominence: In this example, the only human being is in the diminutive form of a woman exiting the scene, at the lower left.  An upraised human hand, visible through a doorway, adds an air of mystery and symbolism – of what? – to the scene. 

For another example of Powers’ work, see this post