Famous Fantastic Mysteries Vol 13 #6, Oct/1952

Famous Fantastic Mysteries Vol 13 #6, Oct/1952

Famous Fantastic Mysteries Vol 13 #6, Oct/1952

Famous Fantastic Mysteries
Vol 13 #6, 10/1952
Popular Publications, 25¢
editor: Mary Gnaedinger

Front cover: Lawrence Sterne Stevens (illustrates The Bat Flies Low)
Interior illustrations by Virgil Finlay

Contents:

  • The Bat Flies Low by Sax Rohmer (originally published in book form in 1935)
  • Thus I Refute Beelzy by John Collier (originally published in Atlantic Monthly, 10/1940

Finlay is my favorite pulp artist bar none. Fortunately, he was very prolific and provided us with many examples of his paintings and drawings. Unfortunately, not everything that was published is of the highest quality. Some art is flawless while other pieces seem hurried. I will say that even his lesser published art exceeds the best of some of his peers. I’m no art critic but I know what I like and Finlay is at the top of my list.Though not necessarily characteristic of his usual subjects of scantily-clad women or surreal scenes with cosmic backgrounds, the illustration below gives you an idea of the level of detail in Finlay’s work. Given the fact most of his art was produced for what was considered disposable entertainment, it’s quite something.

Virgil Finlay illustration from John Collier's short story Thus I Refute Beelzy

Virgil Finlay illustration from John Collier’s short story Thus I Refute Beelzy

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