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Complete Set of Weird Tales - Pulp

Complete Set of Weird Tales – Pulp

Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft Weird Tales was launched to showcase writers trying to publish stories so bizarre and far out no one else would publish them — stories of unearthly dimensions and dark possibilities, gothic seductresses, and cosmic monstrosities. Since 1923, the pioneering publication has introduced the world to such counter-culture icons as Cthulhu, the alien monster god, and Conan the Barbarian. Weird Tales is well known for launching the careers of great authors like H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, and Robert E. Howard. Even Tennessee Williams' first sale was to Weird Tales, with a short story titled "The Vengeance of Nitocris." This was published in the August 1928 issue under the author's real name, Thomas Lanier Williams. Other well-liked authors included Nictzin Dyalhis, E. Hoffmann Price, Robert Bloch, and H. Warner Munn. The artwork was an important element of the magazine's personality; Margaret Brundage, who painted many covers featuring nudes for Weird Tales, was perhaps the best-known artist. Many of Brundage's covers were for stories by Seabury Quinn, and Brundage later commented that once Quinn realized that Wright always commissioned covers from Brundage that included a nude, "he made sure that each de Grandin story had at least one sequence where the heroine shed all her clothes." For over three years in the early 1930s, from June 1933 to August/September 1936, Brundage was the only cover artist Weird Tales used. Another prominent cover artist was J. Allen St. John, whose covers were more action-oriented and who designed the title logo used from 1933 until 2007. Hannes Bok's first professional sale was to Weird Tales for the cover of the December 1939 issue; he became a frequent contributor over the next few years. Historians of fantasy and science fiction regard the magazine as a legend in the field, Robert Weinberg considering it "the most important and influential of all fantasy magazines." Weinberg's fellow historian, Mike Ashley, describes it as "second only to Unknown in significance and influence," adding that "somewhere in the imagination reservoir of all U.S. (and many non-U.S.) genre-fantasy and horror writers is part of the spirit of Weird Tales." Today, Weird Tales remains one of, if not the most loved and cherished pulp series. This complete set is an exceptionally rare opportunity to own a large piece of literary history in one fell swoop. The average condition of the set is Very Good, including the scarce first issue.
  • $150,000
  • $150,000