Season’s Greetings from PulpFest

Dec 23, 2019 by

The PulpFest organizing committee — Jack and Sally Cullers, Mike Chomko, Bill Lampkin, William Patrick Maynard, and Barry Traylor — would like to wish everyone a healthy and happy holiday season. We hope you’ll all be getting a PulpFest 2020 membership in your stocking from Santa this year, but if you were naughty instead, be sure to turn over a new leaf and treat yourself to another memorable extended weekend on Mars (Pennsylvania, that is).

PulpFest 2020 will celebrate the centennial of Ray Bradbury’s birth, the 100th anniversary of BLACK MASK, and the 120th anniversary of the birth of WEIRD TALES cover artist Margaret Brundage. There will also be presentations brimming with Baum, Burroughs, Barsoom, Brackett, B-movies, and more. And don’t forget about our guest of honor, the beautiful Eva Lynd, one of the top magazine models of the fifties and sixties. Be sure to join us August 6 – 9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, PA.

(From 1951 through 1960, Ed Emshwiller painted eight memorable holiday covers — including the January 1956 number — for H. L. Gold’s GALAXY SCIENCE FICTION.

This talented artist began working in the pulp magazine industry during the 1950s. Although he painted a few covers for various pulps, most of his work was done on the interior pages for the rough-paper magazines. He turned to the digest market as that magazine format began to dominate the industry.

Emshwiller contributed many interior story illustrations and covers to digest magazines such as ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION, ELLERY QUEEN’S MYSTERY MAGAZINE, FANTASTIC, FUTURE SCIENCE FICTION, GALAXY, IF, INFINITY SCIENCE FICTION, THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, and other titles. Emsh — as he often signed his artwork — also created interior story illustrations for men’s adventure magazines, paperback covers, and dust jackets for hardbound books.)

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