Thursday, August 5, 2021

The Woman Behind “Weird”

Were I able to attend this year’s PulpFest, taking place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from August 19th through 22nd, I would definitely want to be in the audience for “popular culture scholar” Doug Ellis’ presentation, “The Weird Tales of Margaret Brundage.”

“Initially disguising her gender by signing her work as M. Brundage, the artist redefined sensuality for the already scandalous pulp market,” observes the PulpFest Web site. “Her work was later targeted by New York Mayor [Fiorello] LaGuardia’s 1938 decency campaign. … Margaret Brundage [1900-1976] created 66 covers for Weird Tales between 1932 and 1945, making her the most in-demand cover artist for the fantasy, horror, and science-fiction magazine. Only Virgil Finlay was a close rival.”

Ellis’ remarks on Brundage are scheduled for Friday, August 20.


Unknown said...

Just a note: Pulpfest is in PITTSBURGH, not Philadelphia.

I'm looking forward to this presentation - unfortunately the Earle Bergey presentation has been cancelled.

J. Kingston Pierce said...

Thanks for pointing out that location error. It's been fixed now.