artwork (c) Frank R. Paul estate

Cover art by Frank R. Paul for August 1930 Wonder Stories.

A reader had this to say about this issue:

"The interest of a story depends greatly on the illustration. The illustrations of the Wonder Stories type of fiction claim accuracy and grandeur. There is only one artist that can supply this importance, and that artist is Paul. I am sure that every reader, and you too, will agree with me there.  The illustration on the cover of your August issue of Wonder Stories is one of the most spectacular pieces of work I have ever seen.  This illustration of the "Radium Master" by Jim Vanny actually "illustrates."  It gives us the entire story in very few lines.  The elemental colors, being only four, give it a vivid contrast upon the sight. Consequently, more people will like the magazine and help the editors to give scientific fiction to the world.

"There is all of mystery-adventure-romance in Wonder Stories, but there is a great deal more. There is science. It is truly a magazine of prophetic fiction. It prognosticates the future." - Reader J.B. of California, in a letter published in the October 1930 issue.

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