As promised, here is a pulp cover from the golden age. What could be more perfect, a Margaret Brundage cover, featuring one of her lithe and virtually naked ladies, who in this case happens to be Belit, Conan’s pirate queen. This is a very different Belit to that depicted in more modern paintings and comics, and to be honest this is probably less like Robert E. Howard’s character than the more recent versions. After all, Belit was in many ways as strong and courageous a character as Conan himself, so to see her here as she cowers back into Conan’s arms, away from the winged demon could be seen as atypical.
However this is almost certainly the first time that Belit was ever realised into the visual form, so it deserves some respect for that alone. Also it must be remembered that when the painting was originally done it was certainly more normal for women to be portayed as the “weaker sex” relying on their heroic male champions to rescue them from peril. Perhaps it was simply a step to far to portray Belit standing alongside Conan as they faced the beast…
Margaret Brundage was renowned for her pulp cover illustrations and they certainly are the most striking and memorable cover to have appeared on Weird Tales, which was at it’s height of popularity at the time of this issue in 1934.
Here are a couple more of her Weird Tales covers.
Monday Eye Candy is Pulp themed, offering beautiful artwork to inspire and amuse!
Wednesday Eye Candy is sculptural, offering some of my favourite figure sculpts and models!
Friday Eye Candy features painting and visual images that capture the imagination and offer inspiration!