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90 YEARS OF WEIRD: Margaret Brundage

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Ninety years ago this month, the first issue of Weird Tales was published. In recognition of our big anniversary, we’re going to be celebrating all year long, in the magazine and on the website, with articles delving into the illustrious history of the Unique Magazine.

To kick things off, we’ve compiled all of Magaret Brundage’s Weird Tales covers. At the peak of the magazine’s classic run in the 1930s, Brundage’s lush, sensual and controversial covers were as much a draw as the stories inside.  Long before Frank Frazetta, she was the first Conan cover artist. She depicted scantily clad damsels in distress, Doctor Satan, a “Bat-Girl,” and plenty of whips and skulls. She sold 66 original cover illustrations to Weird Tales from 1932 to 1945. (All of them are below.)

Fittingly, a book devoted to the groundbreaking artist, The Alluring Art of Margaret Brundage: Queen of Pulp Pin-Up Art, will be published next month.

Which of her covers below is your favorite (scroll over image for cover date)?


Weird Tales: September 1932 Weird Tales: October 1932 Weird Tales: March 1933
Weird Tales: June 1933 Weird Tales: July 1933 Weird Tales: August 1933
Weird Tales: September 1933 Weird Tales: October 1933 Weird Tales: November 1933
Weird Tales: December 1933 Weird Tales: January 1934 Weird Tales: February 1934
Weird Tales: March 1934 Weird Tales: April 1934 Weird Tales: May 1934
Weird Tales: June 1934 Weird Tales: July 1934 Weird Tales: August 1934
Weird Tales: September 1934 Weird Tales: October 1934 Weird Tales: November 1934
Weird Tales: December 1934 Weird Tales: January 1935 Weird Tales: February 1935
Weird Tales: March 1935 Weird Tales: April 1935 Weird Tales: May 1935
Weird Tales: June 1935 Weird Tales: July 1935 Weird Tales: August 1935
Weird Tales: September 1935 Weird Tales: October 1935 Weird Tales: November 1935
Weird Tales: December 1935 Weird Tales: January 1936 Weird Tales: February 1936
Weird Tales: March 1936 Weird Tales: April 1936 Weird Tales: May 1936
Weird Tales: June 1936 Weird Tales: July 1936 Weird Tales: August 1936
Weird Tales: November 1936 Weird Tales: January 1937 Weird Tales: March 1937
Weird Tales: May 1937 Weird Tales: June 1937 Weird Tales: August 1937
Weird Tales: September 1937 Weird Tales: October 1937 Weird Tales: November 1937
Weird Tales: January 1938 Weird Tales: March 1938 Weird Tales: May 1938
Weird Tales: June 1938 Weird Tales: August 1938 Weird Tales: September 1938
Weird Tales: October 1938 Weird Tales: July 1940 Weird Tales: November 1940
Weird Tales: March 1941 Weird Tales: September 1941 Weird Tales:  July 1942
Weird Tales: May 1943 Weird Tales: May 1944 Weird Tales: January 1945

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  1. Stephen

    A fascinating collection – thanks!

  2. Andy Paciorek
    Andy Paciorek03-08-2013

    Excellent! Difficult to pick a favourite. The October 33 cover is iconic, but so many good ones. The book is on my wish list.

  3. Mike Busby
    Mike Busby03-08-2013

    Nice…. certainly distinctive. Any chance of posters being made available? I would love to own a couple of them…

  4. sledpress

    OMG! March 1933! C’est moi!

    I grew up on old anthologized pulps — a joy to see the covers at last.

  5. Juan David Suaza
    Juan David Suaza06-24-2013

    WOW! just amazing. I have just gotten into pulp fiction and I am familiarizing myself with the genre, it looks like I have found the mecca. Weird tales was something that I had heard of before and seen referenced in movies. Now I see why this is huge part of literary history. Many film makers of past generations credit the old cereal publications for their ideas. lets be honest here this genre is where It all began for Hollywood, how many H.P LOVECRAFT or ROBERT E HOWARD ideas and short stories have been adapted for the screen?? to many to count. This is the meat and potatoes of fantasy and I am happy to finally have found a website that celebrates the greatness of imagination. I love all the covers, cant pick just one. They are works of art and they should be displayed in galleries. LOVE IT ALL.

  6. Bat Hughes
    Bat Hughes07-10-2013

    The October ’33 bat woman. With so many amazing covers it was hard to pick. I’m happy to see Brundage getting more attention. That’s wonderful news about the book.

  7. John McCanless
    John McCanless08-08-2013

    Walther F. McCanless, author of The Phantom Violinist, published in the November edition of Weird Tales was my grandfather. Can anyone help me get a copy of the story?

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