Regrets from Eva Lynd

May 6, 2020 by

Although PulpFest was looking forward to welcoming artist’s model Eva Lynd to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, our 2020 guest of honor will not be able to attend our convention. Due to safety concerns, Eva, her publishers Bob Deis and Wyatt Doyle, and PulpFest have decided to cancel her appearance at PulpFest 2020. All agreed that it was wise for Ms. Lynd to avoid traveling by air in early August.

A frequent collaborator with Doc Savage model Steve Holland, our guest was born Eva Inga Margareta von Fielitz to Countess and Count Asti von Fielitz in 1937. She took the name Eva Lynd to help her acting career after emigrating to the United States in 1950.

Although some of her friends used to call her “Countess” and her brother — who still resides in Sweden — uses his title, Eva never considered herself to be royalty. Instead, she worked as a model for many of the top glamour girl photographers — Peter Basch, Wil Blanche, Herb Flatow, Leo Fuchs, Emil Herman, Morris Kaplan, Charles Kell, Lester Krauss, Earl Leaf, Ed Lettau, Jerry Yulesman and others. Alluring photos of Eva appeared in dozens of men’s pinup magazines, bachelor magazines and men’s adventure magazines. She also modeled for cover and interior photos published by “true crime” and detective magazines.

Eva was — and still is — an actress. Her television career included appearances on CAGNEY & LACEY, THE GARRY MOORE SHOW, HOGAN’S HEROES, PETER GUNN, THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE TEXAN, and THE THIN MAN. She also appeared in several films — including THE HYPNOTIC EYE and THAT LADY FROM PEKING — as well as television commercials. Eva’s most remembered role was as the “The Girl in the Tube” — the gorgeous babe who emerges seductively from a tube of Brylcreem in the classic and award-winning commercial.

If you’re a fan of vintage men’s adventure magazines, you probably know that Eva was also a favorite model of artists Norm Eastman and Al Rossi, two of the top illustration artists who worked for the MAM market.

Eastman used the talented model for dozens of the cover paintings he created for the notorious “sweat magazines” published by the Reese and Emtee companies. Eva is frequently one of the scantily-clad, distressed damsels being tormented by sadistic Nazis, evil Japanese, communists, bikers, or aboriginals in the artist’s paintings. In others — such as our post card painting — she is a brave, gun-toting freedom fighter.

Rossi had Eva model for both men’s adventure magazine interior illustrations and for paperback covers. The most famous paperback cover painting by Al Rossi is the 1953 Ace Double paperback edition of William Burroughs’ early novel JUNKIE, published under the pseudonym William Lee. The artist also did the cover painting for NARCOTIC AGENT, the novel on the flip side of this very valuable Ace double.

Another of Eva’s frequent collaborators was the famed artist’s model Steve Holland, whose face and image appeared in hundreds of paperback and magazine cover paintings, as well as interior illustrations. Holland is best known as the model used by artist James Bama as Doc Savage on the covers of the Bantam paperbacks.

Although Eva Lynd never lived in a castle nor considered herself an honest to goodness countess, all of us at PulpFest believe that she has been absolutely majestic during the months that we’ve known her. It would have been wonderful to roll out the red carpet for “An Evening with Eva Lynd,” but that event will have to wait for another year. With regrets to her many fans, Eva Lynd will not be at PulpFest 2020.

(At PulpFest 2019, Bob Deis and Wyatt Doyle debuted an advance edition of EVA: MEN’S ADVENTURE SUPERMODEL, specifically produced for the convention. A pictorial autobiography of Eva Lynd, the book features a cover painting by Norm Eastman. It was originally created for the December 1968 issue of NEW MAN. The modified painting is reproduced here, courtesy of The Rich Oberg Collection. NEW MAN was published by Reese Publishing from 1963 through 1965 and Emtee Publications from 1965 through 1972.

Many thanks to Bob Deis. His article, “(Re)Discovering Eva Lynd,” at the IDOL FEATURES website, was an invaluable resource for this post.)

Check Out the DoubleTree at Monster Bash

Jun 17, 2017 by

After eight enjoyable years in Columbus, Ohio, PulpFest has a new home. The 2017 edition of “Summer’s Amazing Pulp Con” will take place July 27 – 30 at the newly and beautifully renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Conveniently located at the intersection of three major roadways, the DoubleTree boasts a world-class restaurant in an open air setting. There are many other restaurants nearby — some within walking distance — suitable for a variety of tastes. The more adventurous can discover plenty of dining, shopping, and nightlife just a short drive away in downtown Pittsburgh.

If you are planning to attend PulpFest 2017, you can book your room directly through the PulpFest website. Below the banner at the top of our home page at pulpfest.com you’ll find a link that reads “Book a Room for 2017.” Click on this link and you’ll be redirected to a secure site where you can book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

You can also reserve a room by calling 1-800-222-8733. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the special convention rate of $125 plus tax per night. Included in the room rate are free Wi-Fi privileges in each sleeping room and the hotel’s lobby, plus two complimentary breakfasts per room for Friday through Sunday. There is ample free parking surrounding the hotel. The DoubleTree also offers a 24-hour fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a sauna. You must book your room by July 5, 2017 in order to get the special convention rate.

If you’d like to check out the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, why not give try it out at our associated convention, Monster Bash? The convention is taking place next weekend, June 23 – 25, right at the PulpFest host hotel.

The “International Classic Monster Movie Conference and Film Festival,” Monster Bash celebrates the classic horror and science fiction films of the silent era through the 1960s. It’s a film festival; a place to meet the people in the movies, behind the movies, and fellow fans of the movies; and a monster memorabilia shopping gala.

Monster Bash is a state of mind — a place, like Skull Island, where our imaginations ignite and burn through our everyday jobs and life. The Bash is an appreciation of these fun movies that we love. Whether it’s THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN or THE KILLER SHREWS, if you have fun watching it . . . that’s what Monster Bash is all about.

PulpFest 2017 chairman Jack Cullers and marketing and programming director Mike Chomko will be at this year’s Monster Bash. They’ll be selling science fiction pulps and related materials and promoting next month’s PulpFest to the “Monster Boomers” and their “Monster Kids” who will be attending The Bash.

If you’re planning to attend Monster Bash, please stop by Jack’s and Mike’s tables. If you won’t make The Bash, we hope you are planning to attend PulpFest 2017 and its celebration of pulp fiction and pulp art. Join us July 27 – 30 outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as we explore the “Hardboiled Dicks, Dangerous Dames, and a Few Psychos” of the pulps. Please book your room right now and join us at the “pop culture center of the universe” at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry for PulpFest 2017.

(Every once in a while, a toy comes along that captivates the kids of America and becomes an overnight sensation. The Frankenstein Model Kit by Aurora was one of those toys. With sales of over one million, the product caught the industry a bit by surprise. Who expected a plastic model kit of a movie monster from 1931 to suddenly become the hot toy of 1961? But it did, leading to a whole line of Universal monster models.

Why did Aurora’s monster kits sell so well? One reason was their amazing box cover paintings, all done by the incredible James Bama. Of course, the artist is very well known to pulp enthusiasts, due to his tremendous cover illustrations featured on Bantam Books’ Doc Savage paperbacks.)

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