Pulp Art by Robert Lesser

Pulp Art by Robert Lesser, Random House / Gramercy Books 1997 hardcover. Non-fiction, mystery / art theme.

In honor and respect to Robert Lesser, who passed recently, I decided to reread his book Pulp Art, which I bought and read years ago.

I’m glad I did, as I enjoyed the text, sidebars and artwork a lot. Though most of the artwork shown in the book was new to me the first time I read this book, much of it is more familiar since I have books by Illustrated Press on some of them, including Walter Baumhofer and H. J. Ward.

This is an informative and entertaining book.


  • Introduction: Populist Culture and Pulp Art
  • Science Fiction, Science Fact and Fantasy: Painted Answers
  • The New Knights
  • The Noblest Savage
  • Ladies In Terror
  • To Dare the Devil: Aviation, War and Western Art
  • Appendix I: Vox Populi, letters to the Editor
  • Appendix II: Original Pulp Paintings, A Collector’s Guide
  • Appendix III: Artists Biographies
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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10 Responses to Pulp Art by Robert Lesser

  1. Great choice! I love the covers in this book and the essays on the artists.

  2. Jeff Meyerson says:

    I liked this one too.

  3. tracybham says:

    We have a copy of this with a different cover. I have pulled it out and I am going to go through it right now. Thanks for reminding me.

    • That’s interesting, I didn’t know of any but this edition.

      • tracybham says:

        I looked the title up on abebooks.com and it looks like there are three different covers. I am no expert but… it looks like the one I have is a reprint from 2005 and the one you have is the original printing. Our copy has a painting of the Shadow on the cover (on page 67 in the book). The third one appears to have come later (2009?) and has a painting of a blond and a man (page 72 in the book).

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