Well, the paintball website was up and operation for half the weekend, but now it seems our old nemesis DOSATTAK is back. It never ends.
On a more positive note, I’m closing in on finishing up the rim worlds site re-do. I’ve got about a day of links to finish up on the magazine section, some fiddling with the Chandler section and then I can start working on the ads – ad words and ebay affiliate stuff.
Then we’ll see how traffic does, maybe jigger a few things and, after that, start sending out solicitations for the in-house ads.
Speaking of pulps – BACK TO THE COVERS!
A little while back I offered the seminal Scantily Clad Woman in Peril, an illustration from the first issue of Tops In Science Fiction Magazine.
Now it’s time to really kick off the SCWiPreview with a bang, and there’s no pulp magazine that does this concept better than Weird Tales! Some of these illos are from the inestimable Margaret Brundage, a female artist who definitely seems to have a particular scenario in mind…
I’m particularly astounded (no pun intended) by these covers, many or most of which would be behind plastic and paper wraps, behind the counter if on display on today’s newstands. If WalMart had been distributing Weird Tales today, they’d have yanked it from the racks. Amazing that nearly a century ago, near naked women in S&M scenes were considered so commonplace that they were free for the viewing to anyone walking down the street. Raises all kinds of questions regarding freedom of speech, so-called ‘community standards’ and what-all.
REALLY makes me wonder when the thought-police squads are going to get around to charging some of the pulp magazine websites: I don’t see a single ‘of-age’ notice, nor do I see any attempts to keep such ‘filth’ out of the hands of minors…
But reading my ramblings is not what you’re here for, so, to the cover!
Hey, yo! You’re supposed to bonk her on the head with the club and then drag her back to the cave by her hair!
”It IS the latest fashion from Paris. It’s SUPPOSED to fall off like that!”
I think I just saw the exact same thongs in a Fredericks of Hollywood catalog…
Here, revealed for the first time ever, George Lucas’ inspiration for the ‘Leia as Jabba the Hut’s slave girl’ scene. Lucas’ own script notes detail the decision to render Jabba and his entourage as aliens rather than humans.
Brass brassieres. Given the current situation, I think a cuirass would have been more appropriate, but not nearly as enticing.
Honey, when that stone god awakes, I don’t think you’re gonna be getting what you’re looking for.
This is a Brundage cover. While I haven’t researched this one in particular, she was notorious for requiring a bit of airbrushing to her anatomically correct figures.
“Where the white women at? Oh, there they are!”
I bet this one just drove the clan crazy, huh?
Not to be outdone, Steven Spielberg sought out his won Weird Tales covers to be inspired by. This one turned out to be the genesis for the “Snakes, I hate snakes!” scenes from Indiana Jones.
Another Brundage, and another whip. This style of cover would later be rendered on the covers of True Crime and Confession pulps with live models.
You know, it’s ALWAYS the barefoot ones that get tied up. Maybe this is the reason so many women have a thing for shoes. It’s security, not fashion!
You can find a very fine display of all of the Weird Tales covers here
. And more information on Margaret Brundage here
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