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    FRANK R. PAUL (American, 1884-1963)
    The Eternal Cycle, Wonder Stories V6#10 cover, March 1935
    Oil on canvas
    23 x 17 in.
    Signed lower left

    Frank R. Paul was the dean of the pulp science fiction artists and he began painting scores of fantastic covers for the Gernsback pulps starting in the twenties. Paul's rocket ships, weapons, and other-worldly creatures were so wildly imaginative that he became the trailblazer for many of the pulp artists that followed. Covers such as this one for "The Eternal Cycle" no doubt inspired the men who became the rocket scientists who finally conquered space flight. Note that Paul's spacecraft is quite similar in size and has several features in common with John Glenn's Friendship 7 capsule. Glenn orbited the earth on February 20, 1962, only twenty-seven years after Frank R. Paul's image of these astronauts hit the newsstands in March, 1935.


    Condition Report*:

    Stretcher creases visible; overall craquelure commensurate with age.  UV examination reveals strengthening to upper right and left areas of earth; scattered inpainting to both figures inside space capsule, as well as to bottom central edge of the space capsule.  Framed to an overall size of 26 x 20 in.

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