Posts tagged: pulps
Romance Editor Chris takes a look at the bad boys of romance—“I’m talking about the seriously bad. The criminal.”
That’s a tough character choice. The writer has to make someone who already has already demonstrated that he has no respect for the law and by extension, public welfare, into the hero. That’s hard going. Thing is, when it works, it works really REALLY well.
Image via Existential Ennui
Comics Editor Carol faces down shirtless white men, women in shredded gowns and hordes of rabid animals just to bring you this week’s article on postwar men’s adventure magazine covers…
A man presses himself against the wall of a collapsed mine as a grizzly, reared on its hind legs, swipes at him through a gap in the rocks. A man, barechested, fights off a swarm of vampire bats as they tear his flesh. A man, chained, grits his teeth as a woman with a Nazi armband whips him with a crop.
If the covers of Man’s Life are anything to go by, a man’s life is filled with Nazis, floppy women in tattered gowns and animal attacks.
A Man’s Life
“The type of thing I came up with was what sold at the time: Guys with guns and gals with no pants…
Magnus, Robot Fighter #4. “Menace from the Depths” Cover art by Russ Manning. Underwater food-processing facilities are sabotaged by a robot that wants to destroy all mankind.
Two great things about this cover. First, check out the head on that robot! It’s a “think-rob” so of course its head is huge. Second, Magnus proves to be the exception to the rule by being a male wearing a cellophane suit.
“Nepher Has Two Mummies”, Fastner & Larson.
Magneto Pin-up by Evan Munday. One of the sexy supervillains available in either postcard or print form as a premium in The Cultural Gutter’s Gutter-A-Go-Go fundraiser!
We’re raising money so we can continue paying our writers and supplying thoughtful articles on disreputable art.
Vintage Halloween Pin-ups c. 1930’s-1970’s
On the left, Alison Bechdel’s re-creation of a vintage paperback edition of Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel, The Price of Salt. On the right, the Norton edition released in 2004 (and made available as an e-book last month). The novel was originally published under the pseudonym ‘Claire Morgan’. Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska are scheduled to star in the upcoming film based on the book.
Alison Bechdel—a serious Highsmith fan—was kind enough to mention our Highsmith recommendation engine on her blog(!):
Check out [Norton’s] great website. You can “choose your Highsmith” by answering a branching list of funny questions about what exactly you’re in the mood to read. And you can see a 3 minute promotional video with people like Joanne Schenkar and Terry Castle and me (Alas,no! I did not get to meet the infamous Castle or the mysterious Schenkar…we were all interviewed separately.) talking about Highsmith’s work.
You may remember us talking up Highsmith a ton last month.