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    FRANK R. PAUL (American, 1884-1963)
    The Robot Aliens, Wonder Stories pulp cover, February 1935
    Oil on canvas
    22.5 x 15.5 in.
    Signed lower right

    This is one of the finest and most definitive Frank R. Paul science fiction images that exists, and this early vision of an alien robot is one of the fantasy master's finest. When Frank R. Paul met publisher Hugo Gernsback and Amazing Stories was launched in 1926, nearly a decade before this masterpiece was created, popular culture history was made. By career's end, Paul had created over 200 published science fiction covers and more than 1,000 black and white interiors. As Stephen D. Korshak, celebrated author of From the Pen of Paul: The Fantastic Images of Frank R. Paul, so aptly states, "To say that Frank R. Paul is the father of science-fiction illustration art is an under-statement -- his fertile imagination legacy continues to influence the field today."

    From the Estate of John McLaughlin.

    Condition Report*: Wax lined canvas; accretions in upper left corner; otherwise this lot is in good condition with normal wear commensurate with age.  Framed to an overall size of 27 x 20 in.
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    Auction Dates
    August, 2010
    17th-18th Tuesday-Wednesday
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