In the January 1933 issue of Blue Book Magazine, we get the penultimate installment of When Worlds Collide by Phillip Wylie and Edwin Balmer.
As in the last issue, the editor didn’t single out this novel for special praise, it’s an example of the theme among many. The point though remains complementary,
“Writing,” observed an acute commentator, “is not literature unless it gives to the reader a pleasure which arises not only from the things said, but from the way in which they are said; and that pleasure is only given when the words are carefully or curiously or beautifully put together.”
In the choice of material for this magazine we are governed first by what is said: by the power and pace and originality of the story; by the reality and human appeal of the people in it; by the interest of its background. But we must also be governed by the manner in which a story is told; for our readers are entitled to the best in this respect also.
Consider… “When Worlds Collide” —a daring idea, set forth with purpose and conviction; people who are real and deserving of your friendship; added to these, a fine quality in the telling that makes it a novel among a thousand.The Editor of Blue Book
Here are the illustrations. The layout of the initial two pages is different once again.
Here’s a closer look at the opening image.
This installment has only a single two-page spread.
The final image, below, looks distinctly different from the rest of the illustrations. Could this be a different artist? What do you think?