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Bob Garcai and Bob Weinberg sent along some excellent Virgil Finlay art for us to share with our readers. This art is featured in the soon-to-be-ending Kickstarter project for The Collectors Book of Virgil Finlay being published by American Fantasy Press.

Bob says:

Virgil Finlay (1914-1971) was born in Rochester, New York on July 23, 1914. Which means we celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth this year. Why celebrate? Because Finlay was, without a doubt, the finest science fiction artist of the 20th century. He began illustrating for Weird Tales magazine in 1935, where he composed masterpieces for the pulp’s greatest writer, H.P. Lovecraft. Soon, he was working for all the great pulps – from Amazing Stories to Thrilling Wonder. He continued to illustrate SF magazines and books till his untimely death in 1971. Was he the best? Decide yourself with The Collectors Book of Virgil Finlay, available in November.

Here’s a preview of the book that is on it’s final days in Kickstarter!

The book features Virgil Finlay pieces from the collections of Robert Weinberg, Doug Ellis, Glynn Crain, and Robert K. Wiener.

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Slated for release at the World Fantasy Convention’s Virgil Finlay Centenary celebration on November 6-9, 2014, The Collectors Book of Virgil Finlay will be the first to have Finlay art scanned in high resolution directly from originals. It will contain 35 full color paintings by the artist, the largest collection of Finlay’s color work ever assembled in print and also contain another 13 pages of additional color work ranging from 2-color art pieces done for the Science Fiction Book Club’s solicitations to full-color cover roughs.


The Kickstarter campaign ends on Virgil Finlay’s actual Centenary Birthday, July 23, 2014, so check it out now before it’s gone!

Here’s a video with more!


Book Specs:

  • 9″ x 12″ Hardcover, 208 pages
  • Commentary on Virgil Finlay by two of the field’s foremost pulp art collectors: Robert Weinberg and Doug Ellis.
  • Over 40 pages of color artwork and over 150 pages of black and white artwork.
  • A clothbound HC (signed by Weinberg and Ellis) & a leatherbound HC (signed by Weinberg, Ellis and Virgil Finlay’s daughter Lail) ISBNs: TBA
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1 Comment on An Eye-Popping Preview of THE COLLECTORS BOOK OF VIRGIL FINLAY

  1. David Greybeard // July 19, 2014 at 10:37 am //

    Oooh! I was so excited to read about a new Finley art book! But good gods, look at that price! Ouch! Too rich for me. *sob*

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