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Magazine Art

Magazines shaped our lives, and the rest is history.

The great illustrators of the period 1850-1950 had a tremendous influence on us and the rest of the world. One of the most popular ways they presented their work was as the cover art for the mass and specialist magazines that were published under thousands of titles and in millions and millions of copies. We know today of Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish, but there were hundreds and thousands of other artists whose work is now forgotten except by collectors and specialists. Some have been honored by art books about their work, but most are now simply unknown to the general public.

One reason for this undeserved obscurity is that their work is quite difficult to find. Bound volumes of these magazines, both in libraries and in the hands of private collectors, usually do not include the covers, for reasons we today find hard to imagine. You must look for individual copies of these magazines, sold as collector's items and available in variable condition. Old magazines turn up regularly on eBay and in shops, but they are expensive, and it is difficult to find, analyze, and store them in one's home. Hence MagazineArt.org.

We scan and photograph magazine covers from this era: as many as we can find, of whatever subject matter. The only requirement is that the issue must -have- a cover design. We prefer the ones that change from issue to issue, but we'll record them even if they simply list the contents of the magazine. We've had images donated, and we've picked them up where we can. At this time we have thousands of them, many of them suitable for display but all requiring some processing in Photoshop before they are presentable.

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Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
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293
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6,322
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Begun in 1910 as a way for publisher Ridgway to tap into a new market, it specialized in stories of danger and thrills. At this time other pulp and popular magazines contained a wide variety of stories ranging from danger to romance (even when these are not the same thing). Its creation was a logical response to the success of pulps like ARGOSY, which by 1910 were selling hundreds of thousands of copies of each issue; but the focus on adventure was something new. It survived, in one form or...
Topic: magazine
Magazine Art: Romance, the Adventure pulp
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26
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484
VIEWS
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ROMANCE specialized in romance and love stories set among exotic and distant lands, in historical settings, and in the face of danger and adventure. This was the second pulp magazine published by Ridgway, a company which had been successful first with EVERYBODY'S MAGAZINE, a mass-market title printed on quality paper and aimed at both men and women, and secondly with ADVENTURE, a purely pulp magazine aimed primarily at men. It debuted in November 1919, and at first published mostly fiction in...
Topic: magazine
Magazine Art: Magic Carpet
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5
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376
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Adventure in the Orient! A continuation of ORIENTAL STORIES, there were five issues published quarterly 1933-4. A rare and valued pulp.
Topic: magazine
Magazine Art: Action Novels
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10
ITEMS
298
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More action and adventure! Fiction House's ACTION NOVELS published 25 issues in the period 1928-33. It was revived as a quarterly as ALL-ADVENTURE ACTION NOVELS in 1937, but only actually published one issue each in 1937, 1938 and 1939, before disappearing for good. Source: AHGTTP.
Topic: magazine
Magazine Art: Assorted Adventure Pulps
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4
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260
VIEWS
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An assortment, a variety, a gathering of adventures.
Topic: magazine
Magazine Art: Short Stories
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4
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196
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In the beginning, SHORT STORIES was a small magazine that published literary short stories, often translated from other languages. By the 1914 it had become a pulp magazine, generally featuring an action scene on its cover. A SHORT STORIES cover from its glory days is immediately recognizable from the iconic red sun that from 1917 was always found in the background. For many years it published two issues a month, but went to monthly publication with the April, 1949 issue. In the 1950's it...
Topic: magazine
Magazine Art: Adventure Trails 2
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0
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32
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This Red Circle pulp is not to be confused with ADVENTURE TRAILS 1, of a decade earlier, which was published by Clayton as a continuation of DANGER TRAIL 1. Three issues 1938-9. Source: AHGTTP.
Topic: magazine
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Not famous, but with active covers; from Chesterfield Publications. Originally titled SMASHING NOVELS MAGAZINE (4 issues in 1936), became ADVENTURE NOVELS, then ADVENTURE NOVELS AND SHORT STORIES (6, MAYBE 7 ISSUES 1937-9). Two more 1938 issues were purportedly titled ADVENTURE YARNS. Hurts one's head. Source: AHGTTP.
Topic: magazine