After a solid half year and more of labor, I finally got the last pieces of Critical Insights: Robert A. Heinlein to my series editor last week. Looks like it may come out in October--yay! All the best college and university libraries, I believe, will want this one...
Well, I went to Curious Books in East Lansing again, and I ended up picking up a few more nice old Heinlein pulps from 1941... After scanning them—and not even yet getting to the interior art of “Methuselah’s Children,” come to think of it—I suddenly realized that I had a full fifty pics. Rather than keep them in the “Early Works” page, therefore, I finally broke down and created a new page solely for them: “Pulp Magazines.”
I am so happy to have these in my collection, and I hope that you, too, you may enjoy their art posted here.
Yesterday I stopped into Curious Books in East Lansing and picked up a couple Heinlein editions whose covers were new to me, including a British Number of the Beast with wonderfully splashy mid-80s art that has absolutely zero to do with the plot.
Most importantly, however, I happened to take a look at their pulps, which included some niiiiiiice stuff...
For example, imagine my surprise in prowling through the shelves of Astounding to find the August 1939 issue containing “Life-Line,” Heinlein’s first published story—wow! I guess I never imagined I would hold one of these in my hands, but apparently they have not all been snapped up by collectors, and do still exist in shops here and there. Well, not this one anymore, of course...
In any event, I also chanced to grab “Misfit,” “Requiem,” “ ‘If This Goes On—’,” “The Roads Must Roll,” “Coventry,” and “Blowups Happen.” For a Heinlein aficionado, these are some of the true holies.
I scanned each lovely cover, therefore, plus, with care, their nifty pen-and-ink interiors, too, and now all are in my Heinlein cover art galleries.
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