Artist: Frank R. Paul (1884-1963)
Original painting for the back cover to the April 1961 Giant Anniversary Issue of Amazing Stories by the Ã¢€ËœFather of Science FictionÃ¢€â„¢ Illustration, Frank R. Paul.
Gouache on board, signed lower left, from the Collection of Sam Moskowitz.
11Ã¢€Â x 15Ã¢€Â, with frame 19 Ã‚Â¾Ã¢€Â x 20Ã¢€Â
This painting constitutes the only other known private commission to Paul (the other two being bought by Forrest J. Ackerman). In this commission, Sam had Paul paint a scene from his popular Ã¢€Å“life on Other WorldsÃ¢€Â theme that had graced previous AMAZING back covers in the 1940s, using elephants (SamÃ¢€â„¢s wife Christine had a collection of elephant statues and illustrations) and, since Moskowitz had a close friendship and professional working relationship with the Amazing editor and publisher, he allowed this painting to be used for the back cover.
Ray Bradbury had this to say: "As for me, Frank R. Paul romanced me with future architectures when I was eight, summoning me to cities lost in the Time Ahead until he landed me in shocks of joy, in the colored facades and high-rises of the Chicago World's Fair." In Infinite Worlds, Vincent di Fate, 1997, Penguin Studio, p. 5 (courtesy of Frank Wu)
Offered here for the first time, ever.