Saturday, September 5, 2009

Pulp Fiction Art: Cheap Thrills and Painted Nightmares (2005)

Amazing documentary movie from the UK which looks at the men who painted the covers for the horde of pulp magazines which flooded the newsstands in the 1930's and forties. There's interviews with the surviving artists and plenty of revelations. Did you know that Rafael Desoto, who painted most of the Spider covers, wanted to be a priest? He talks about his change of career in this movie. We also learn that most pulp artists weren't paid that much and regarded their magazine work as only something to pay the bills until their day arrived. Also, most of the cover originals for the "shudder pulps" have been lost; apparently the artist who painted the bulk of them was so distraught he made a bonfire of his originals.

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