One of the most interesting periods in literary history was the day of pulp fiction. The kind of books and magazines created during this era were not only different in appearance, but also quite unique in their subject matter and delivery of the stories found inside. Even all these years later, talk of pulp cover artists is still a popular topic because of how different the artwork was for that time.
The first pulp fiction publication to feature color cover illustrations was The Popular Magazine, founded in 1903. The pulp cover artists were often established painters; artists like Edgar Franklin Wittmack made oil paintings for The Argosy and Short Stories, as well as for non-pulp magazines like Popular Science; N. C. Wyeth was a distinguished book illustrator who also contributed to The Popular Magazine. [Read more…]