Astounding Stories


March 1931


Hal Salive Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection, University of Otago Library Special Collections. Every effort has been made to trace copyright ownership and to obtain permission for reproduction. If you believe you are the copyright owner of an item on this site, and we have not requested your permission, please contact us at


New York: Clayton Publications


Hans Waldemar Wessolowski (c. 1894-1948), or Wesso, painted the first 34 covers of Astounding Stories, starting in January 1930. This one illustrates Ray Cummings’ novel, Beyond the Vanishing Point – ‘A Tale of a Golden Atom – An Astounding Adventure in Size’. Cummings (1887-1957) was Thomas Edison’s assistant from 1914-1919 and wrote 750 SF novels and short stories which has led him to be described as one of the ‘Founding Fathers’ of the genre. Hal Salive paid $90 for this issue.


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Editor (Harry Bates), “Astounding Stories,” | OUR Heritage, accessed April 16, 2024,