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    Harold W. McCauley (1913-1983) Original Magazine Cover Art (1942). A student of J. Allen St. John and one of the leading artists of his day, Harold W. McCauley created brilliant covers for Amazing Stories, Fantastic Adventures, Imagination, and other publications of the period. Original paintings by the artist are exceedingly rare, and this is an extraordinary example of McCauley's work for Ziff-Davis during the 1940s. Published as the cover for the September, 1942 Fantastic Adventures, and the story, Goddess of the Fifth Plain, the futuristic landscape, mythical beast, and typically gorgeous McCauley girl, all mesh marvelously to produce a classic pulp image. In addition to his innovative contributions to science fiction and fantasy pulps, McCauley created scores of eye-catching advertising images. They usually included a sinuous and glamorous beauty, dubbed "The Mac Girl," which brought him numerous assignments and considerable fame. Rendered in oil on canvas, it measures 30 x21, and is signed lower right. There is an area at the upper middle-right (approximately 1.5 inches in length) where a very thin portion of the blue background has chipped away. It in no way affects the central characters, or the overall effect of this outstanding composition. An issue of the Fantastic Adventures magazine is included.

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    March, 2003
    6th-10th Thursday-Monday
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