Day Ten- Edd Cartier- Into the Fantastic Unknown

It’s Day Ten and it’s about time that I honor a pulp artist!  I’ve always been a fan of vintage science fiction and fantasy magazines…as well as westerns!  There are so many talented pulp artists and I will be paying tribute to a plethora of them.  Today I present…

Edd Cartier

Edd Cartier
Edd Cartier
Unknown Fantasy Fiction, December 1939

I found an awesome website that pays tribute to almost every single pulp artist out there so I decided to take Cartier’s biography from that site.  The link to the site is at the bottomimages of the biography.  I knew nothing of this artist and learned much!  I also did a whole lot of research, becoming more and more intimidated with his talent, until I found my inspiration.  I’ll get more into that after this…

Edward Daniel Cartier was born August 1, 1914 in North Bergen, New Jersey. His father was Joseph Cartier, born 1883 in New York of French and German ancestry. His mother was Frances Cartier, born 1887 in New Jersey. They were married in 1907. They had four sons. The eldest, Joseph, was born in 1910, then Alfred was born in 1912, and Edward in 1914, and Vincent in 1919. His family of six lived at 104 Grand Avenue, along with his Uncle’s family of four.

His father worked as a skilled toolmaker at a machine shop.

One of his many illustrations for The Shadow.
One of his many illustrations for The Shadow.

During prohibition, Joseph Cartier opened a lucrative speakeasy, which included decorative murals by his son. By the time Edward had graduated high school in 1933, Prohibition was repealed and his father had opened the legitimate Cartier Saloon.

Edward was fascinated by the art of Frederic Remington and Charlie Russell, so he decided to become an illustrator. He studied at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, which at that time was a technical school that only offered a certificate of course completion. He took courses in drawing, and commercial illustration. His painting teacher was Harold Winfield Scott. Cartier later recalled,”Harold Scott taught pictorial illustration, and through him I feel privileged to trace an unbroken chain of art instruction back to Howard Pyle, the father of American illustration. Scott became my mentor and advisor.” Another of his teachers was William James, a Street & Smith art director who gave Cartier his first professional assignments while he was still a student at Pratt.

In 1936 Cartier opened an art studio on the Upper West Side, which he shared with a fellow graduate of Pratt, Earl Mayan. His first published illustration appeared on his theyearsdrawnightwenty-first birthday in the August 1st issue of The Shadow for Street & Smith. Cartier went on to draw over eight hundred illustrations for The Shadow magazine. “I began by doing a single illustration per week for Street & Smith pulps like Wild West WeeklyThe Wizard, The Whisperer, Movie Action, and Detective Story Magazine. I was paid eight dollars for each drawing.”

Besides interior story illustrations Cartier also painted pulp covers forUnknown, Astounding Science Fiction, andUnknown Fantasy Fiction.

50-00,IRobotHe married his wife Georgina in 1943 before reporting for Army duty. During WWII, Cartier fought in France and Germany. He was seriously wounded in the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war, he returned to illustrating, while also attending college courses at Pratt on the G. I. Bill. He received a BFA college degree in 1953.

During the 1950s Cartier became a prolific illustrator for science fiction pulps, such as Planet Stories, and Astounding, as well as for sci-fi digests, and paperbacks in the 1950s. He illustrated stories by Isaac Asimov, L. Ron Hubbard, John W. Campbell, and Robert A. Hienlein. Cartier was the main artist working for the publishers Fantasy Press and Gnome Press.

According to the artist, “I put a bit of humor into what I drew. I was even told at times that

Hot babe exploring space…you know, the usual.
Hot babe exploring space…you know, the usual.

I put too much humor into drawing science fiction. It’s a serious thing. When I started out doing science fiction, it was all kind of a weird thing.”

Cartier eventually moved to Ramsey, New Jersey. In his later years, he suffered from Parkinson’s disease.

Edd Cartier died at the age of ninety-four on December 25, 2008. ( © David Saunders 2009-


During my personal research I found that he had done several illustrations of alien “travelers”.  That’s when a spark went off in my brain.  “I can paint my own made-up 01_travspace_cartier_cvscience fiction alien!”

When I started my sketch…my attitude started to disintegrate.  I think I erased the entire alien about four to five times.  I just couldn’t get exactly the style that I pictured in my head and something that captured Edd Cartier’s style.  I had to shake off some bad feelings to continue.  I even thought, “Wow, this might be the first time I don’t want to design my own alien species.”  I pushed away doubt and continued on.  I stared at several of Cartier’s aliens and slowly mine started to form on the canvas.


Finally, here is my piece!

This was a truly difficult one to accomplish, but I had fun once I started painting the details and highlights.  It finally came together.  I think my grumpiness faded and I look forward to the next pulp artist on my list.  Onto day eleven.  My favorite number…I wonder who it could be?  <3, Linda

The initial sketch…version one million.
The initial sketch…version one million. 

WARNING: Do not put your tea next to where you rinse your paintbrushes!
WARNING: Do not put your tea next to where you rinse your paintbrushes!
(Side-View) Visitor from Zorkon- Tribute to Edd Cartier- Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on canvas
(Side-View) Visitor from Zorkon- Tribute to Edd Cartier- Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on canvas
Visitor from Zorkon- Tribute to Edd Cartier- Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on canvas (Lighting is a little off since I took this indoors after the sun set.)
Visitor from Zorkon- Tribute to Edd Cartier- Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on canvas
(Lighting is a little off since I took this indoors after the sun set.)


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