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RR Auctions 1905 Pulp Illustration For All-Story Magazine The Torture of Johnny Disaster

RR Auctions 1905 Pulp Illustration For All-Story Magazine: The Torture of Johnny Disaster

Outstanding, and incredibly rare, original color mixed media pulp illustration done in 1905 for The All Story Magazine, volume 1 #2, February 1905, (The Frank A. Munsey Co., 10¢, 192pp+, pulp) for their story, The Torture of Johnny Disaster!

This is just a fantastic western illustration from the origins of THE ALL STORY MAGAZINE, the first of the Pulp magazines. This piece was done by one of the first, great American pulp artist/illustrators, Mr. FX Chamberlin.

ARTIST: FX CHAMBERLIN TITLE: Cover Art for the story, THE TORTURE OF JOHNNY DISASTER within ALL STORY MAGAZINE, 1905. MEDIUM: MIXED MEDIA SIZE: 16.25″ x 13″, and has been framed, and double matted to an overall size of: 25.5″ x 22.75″ SIGNATURE: Not signed. CONDITION: Fine Condition

An explosive artwork depicting several cowboys firing rifles and revolvers. A small section in the lower right is devoted to a color swatch with three small samples and pencil notations-which is standard illustrators notes from the artist. Also, several small sketches, and studies are done by the artist on the painting’s backside.

This story was written by William D. Williams for this most popular and ground-breaking pulp for the times. Debuting in January 1905, it was published monthly for 11 years, but to have an illustration this early, 1905, is amazing.

From the collection of Thomas C. Rainone


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Posted by on September 26, 2012 in Johnny Disaster


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