A dramatic cover of a girl in peril by Margaret Brundage for the February 1936 Weird Tales. Vampirism or mad science or both? I can’t account for the curious spelling “eery” on this cover, but I do suspect that Brundage’s illustration is an ancestor of a whole trove of interesting fetish art.
As she so often did, C.L. Moore has a story in this issue, “Yvala.” “Yvala was a gloriously beautiful woman — Lilith, Circe, and Helen combined into one — yet she was cruel and dangerous as a flame from hell.” (There’s always a catch…) Vincent Napoli did his best within the limits of his medium to bring her to life.
I mean, does anyone really wear anything like that and if so, why do they bother? But we shouldn’t really bother asking, as it’s another Margaret Brundage cover on a Weird Tales issue (January 1936) that as one can see by its cover (Paul Ernst, C.L. Moore, Robert E. Howard, August W. Derleth) was a cavalcade of pulp author stars. There is also interior art for the story which (I guess) Brundage did the cover, in this case done by Vincent Napoli (1907-1981), an artist who seems to have gotten his professional start painting WPA murals and found his way into pulp.
This is Marvel Science Stories for February 1951, cover by Norman Saunders. The ISFDB entry for this issue is here. I found this version of the cover at Pulp Covers, where the curators have also made the entire issue available for download as well as some fine interior art, in this case all by Vincent Napoli. For example, this illustration for Bryce Walton’s story “The Man.”
This example of the tube-girl meme for another Bryce Walton story, “The Difference.”
And this warrior-girl illustration to the title story, Alfred Coppel’s “Forbidden Weapon.”
This is Marvel Science Stories for November 1950, cover by Norman Saunders. The ISFDB entry for this issue is here. I found this version of the cover at Pulp Covers, where the curators also include some interior art, including this piece by Frank R. Paul illustrating Lloyd Arthur Eschback’s “Overlord of Earth.”
And this rather dynamic illustration by Vincent Napoli illustrating A Bertram Chandler’s “Fire Brand!”
This is Thrilling Wonder Stories for August 1950, cover by Earle Bergey. The ISFDB entry for this issue is here. I extracted this cover from the copy of the issue preserved at the Internet Archive. Along with the cover, I also extracted this interior art by Vincent Napoli, illustrating Walt Sheldon’s story “Spacemate:”
This is Thrilling Wonder Stories for December 1950, and none of my usually reliable sources can tell me who painted this strange cover. The ISFDB entry for the issue is here. I found this version of the cover at Pulp Covers, where the curators also provide some nice interior art. There is this drawing by Paul Orban illustrating Leigh Brackett’s story “Citadel of the Lost Ages.”
And this by Vincent Napoli illustrating Frank Belknap Long, Jr.’s “If You Don’t Watch Out.”