|1st issue, dated July 1926|
I'm going to guess they were going for KKK vampire
ghost with possibly a Frankenstein's behemoth bolt on neck,
(modeled by a Tor Johnson ancestor) who, like Uncle Sam, wants you...
|August, 1964 (my birth-month). Even by the weak |
standards of "shudder" fiction magazines...
|Don't you hate it when lions insist on Marquess of|
Queensbury rules? August 1953. This (Joe) Weider publication
spent its last years as one of three Playboy clones from JW.
|Happily, the names sold it...from the decade of|
the laziest cover-conception for the magazine...
and really atrocious production values within.
|Of all the bad photo covers (and the several July covers|
with US flag stripes), this 1968 cover might be the worst.
|It has some rivals, but this might just be the most|
inept (and illegible) of all MSMM covers.
|Can you tell the no-budget publisher had to put|
this package together in a hurry, after the first
publisher had to pass on publishing it? (1964)
|There's almost nothing right about this 1957 painting...|
except it's as lurid as it was meant to be. From perhaps
the worst period in Amazing's run, Paul Fairman's years
...Fairman left Ziff-Davis to assist editing EQMM...
|One of many simply extremely ugly covers.|
|If you're putting together a reprint magazine on no|
budget, you still might not want to use bad
(if free) illos as clip art, and make the rest of the
cover look like an appliance store newspaper ad.
|Of course, using bad old cover illos as clip art for|
reprint magazine covers is an old tradition among
|Sometimes a concept just doesn't come off...|
|Sometimes lack of concept doesn't work either...(2004)|
|Even Jove nods...|
|And some artists just leaned bad, whether in 1974...|
|...on in 1926...|
|And some formats and titles would confound the|
best artists...whether with a probably bad issue...
|...or a very impressive one... (this magazine ran|
1950-54 as a sibling of Planet Stories)
|...or a very impressive, if perhaps familiar, one indeed.|
|And some never seem to care...|
Italo Calvino, William Stafford, Cynthia
Ozick in this issue...can't you tell? (1957)