April 1926; First issue of the long-running historic series; Classic cover - ice-skaters on Jupiter's moon; Reprints stories by Hall, England, and Verne
ow/crm pgs; complete spine; tape at top and bottom of spine; top of front cover slightly split from spine
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In April 1926, Hugo Gernsback launched the legendary, long-running, science-fiction series Amazing Stories. Amazing Stories was the first-ever publication devoted solely to science-fiction. Collecting stories from classic genre writers like Wells, Verne, and Poe, Amazing Stories would go on to feature many of the greatest science-fiction writers as well as creating and codifying modern science-fiction. Amazing Stories has run for nearly 100 years now, coming out in every possible medium, including pulps, digests, books, magazines, movies, and TV shows. When someone thinks of science-fiction, they're likely thinking back to a creator or trope or story that can be traced back to Amazing Stories.
While later issues would go on to become very common, issues from the first year are very uncommon. This issue features a classic Frank Paul cover with ice-skaters and cruise liners on Jupiter's moon. Frank Paul would go on to do countless Amazing Stories covers, covers for other pulps, and genre illustrations. Just as much as Wells, Verne, and Gernsback created science-fiction storytelling, Paul created the aesthetics of both science-fiction and pulp art. This issue is a major historical document, and a landmark in the history of fiction, sci-fi, serialized storytelling, and popular culture. While Amazing Stories would go on to feature countless classic genre writers and artists, their works would go on to influence others for decades to come.
Amazing Stories was arguably the most popular genre pulp, and helped create the success of pulps as a whole. Without Amazing Stories, there would be no other sci-fi pulps, no Buck Rogers, no Isaac Asimov or Arthur C. Clarke, and possibly even no Superman or comic books. Amazing Stories is a pop culture landmark, and this is where it all started.
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This copy of the April 1926 first issue of Amazing Stories is a beautiful 5.0 VG/F pulp, with off-white to cream pages. At almost 100 years old, this pulp looks as good as many new books and comics released today. The classic Frank Paul cover is so sharp and glossy here, with only miniscule stress and chipping. This issue looks so sharp and clean. Issues from the first year are uncommon, and high-grade copies of any issue are uncommon, but especially the early bedsheet issues. This copy includes slight tape at the top and bottom of the spine and covers, as well as very minor chipping in the exterior corners. This minor damage is but a blemish on such a beautiful copy of a historic book.
Coming from the collection of sci-fi pulp fan and writer Chester Cuthbert, this issue has never been on the secondary market before, and was kept bagged and boarded for nearly an entire century since its release. The pulp market is becoming increasingly more competitive and popular every day. A major key pulp like this only becomes harder to find and more expensive with each passing year.