Starting in 1932, Margaret Brundage, wife of leftist revolutionary
Slim Brundage, who she met at the wildly bohemian Dil Pickle Club
during the Chicago Renaissance, forever changed the look of Fantasy
and Horror with her alluring, sensationalistic covers for the
legendary pulp magazine, Weird Tales. Brundage, whose art
contemporaries include Virgil Finlay and Hannes Bok, is unique as
she was the first female cover artist of the pulp era. Decades
before the gothic fetish craze, Brundage's lush, provocative
paintings, which frequently featured smoldering, semi-nude young
women bearing whips, became a focus of acute attention and
controversy. At the very peak of the notorious pulp's classic run,
the magazine's appeal was due as much to Brundage's covers as to
the stories inside by famous authors H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton
Smith, Robert Bloch and Conan creator, Robert E. Howard. Long
before Frazetta, it was Brundage who was the very 1st Conan cover
artist. The Alluring Art of Margaret Brundage is the
premier book devoted to this noted artist and features all of her
Weird Tales and Conan covers.
Authors and compilers Stephen D. Korshak and J. David Spurlock
follow their seminal collaboration, The Paintings of J. Allen St.
John, Grand Master of Fantasy, with The Alluring Art of Margaret
Brundage which, also features essays by noted artist Rowena, Weird
Tales historian Robert Weinberg, First-Fandom member / Shasta
publisher Melvin Korshak, and Men's Adventure Magazines: In Postwar
America co-author George Hagenauer.
All editions feature big, 9" x 12" lavish illustrated, full-color
pages with text.
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