Saturday, 4 May 2019

Windy City 2019 - photos

t's always a pleasure to go to Windy City, and love sharing photos with you. This years highlight was the expanded dealers room and the auction, where the action was fast and furious. Walker Martin talks about some of the prices in his report: http://mysteryfile.com/blog/?p=60956

Here are some photos from the convention:
The expanded dealer's room, which gave me plenty of exercise as i walked around
The expanded dealer's room, which gave me plenty of exercise as i walked around

The organizers: Doug and Deb Ellis looking dapper in their new Adventure shirts, John Gunnison getting ready for the marathon auction sessions
The organizers: Doug and Deb Ellis looking dapper in their new Adventure shirts, John Gunnison getting ready for the marathon auction sessions

Great selection of art for sale in the dealers' room:

Frederick Blakeslee cover for one of the aviation pulps
Frederick Blakeslee cover for one of the aviation pulps

Norman Saunders Northwest Romances cover
Norman Saunders Northwest Romances cover


Fred Rodewald western cover
A paperback cover
A paperback cover
Earle K. Bergey sports pulp cover
Earle K. Bergey sports pulp cover
Lyman Anderson pulp cover. The odd angle was the only way i could photograph it without glare
Harry Kirchner cover for Clues, i think
Lovely Rolf Armstrong cover, this is the angle with least glare
Lovely Rolf Armstrong cover, this is the angle with least glare
Outrageosuly insane paperback cover art has everything you need to sell Hitler, dinosaurs, UFOs and exploding zeppelins all tastefully arranged inside a Swastika
Outrageosuly insane paperback cover art has everything you need to sell
Hitler, dinosaurs, UFOs and exploding zeppelins all tastefully arranged inside a Swastika 
Don't remember seeing a caption on this nice art
Don't remember seeing a caption on this nice art
Another great paperback cover - The Ballad of Typhoid Mary
Another great paperback cover - The Ballad of Typhoid Mary

More art in the dealers' room

And now to the auction room:

Friday night auction material
Friday night auction material
Some beautiful condition issues of Weird Tales, including a few Canadian editions
Some beautiful condition issues of Weird Tales, including a few Canadian editions
A rarity - one issue pulp Husbands, what were they thinking?
A rarity - one issue pulp Husbands, what were they thinking?
Excitement at the auction (a complete run of the magazine):




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Jerome Rozen painted most (if not all) of the Excitement covers Someone found this in the dealers' room (not me)
Jerome Rozen painted most (if not all) of the Excitement covers
Someone found this in the dealers' room (not me)

Walker Martin with a couple of Dime Detective covers for which he owned the original art at one time.



Another rarity (this one sold for 1700 dollars)

Hersey one-shot pulp, Medical Horrors
Hersey one-shot pulp, Medical Horrors

It's probably the only time I was going to see a copy of this, so i took a few interior photos as well. 

Medical Horrors, #1, table of contents
Medical Horrors issue #1, table of contents
The million dollar baby farm, from Medical Horrors #1
The million dollar baby farm, from Medical Horrors #1
Confessions of a nurse, from Medical Horrors #1
Confessions of a nurse, from Medical Horrors #1



The convention suite was great too:


Artist and Zorro fan Pete Poplaski showing a page from his sketchbook He sketched people in the auction room last year (one of them is me)
Artist and Zorro fan Pete Poplaski showing a page from his sketchbook
He sketched people in the auction room last year (one of them is me)

A few highlights from the art show (this year's theme was Chicago based artists)

The Art Show room
The Art Show room


Jerome Rozen cover for The Popular Magazine
Jerome Rozen cover for The Popular Magazine
Allen Anderson Planet Stories cover
Allen Anderson Planet Stories cover
Donald Von Gelb, Oriental Stories cover
Donald Von Gelb, Oriental Stories cover

Virgil Finlay cover for Weird Tales
Virgil Finlay cover for Weird Tales

Paul Strayer Western Story cover
Paul Strayer Western Story cover





5 comments:

  1. Excellent photos of a great convention! My favorite is the last photo of the WESTERN STORY cover painting showing indians scaling the wall of a fort.

    Concerning the ORIENTAL cover painting, I believe this is the one that Bob Weinberg told me he obtained in the 1970's in a Chicago bookstore. Price was only $8.00. That's right 8 dollars!

    Back then Bob and I were constantly amazed that these cover paintings went unsold for years despite being quite inexpensive. I bought many paintings for $50 to $200 each. One with pinholes was given to me for free. I still have it decades later.

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    1. Great art, fantastic show. The Paul Strayer painting looks quite different on the cover, where it was cropped and the colors changed. Which version do you think looks better?

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    2. I think the original painting looks a lot better. The colors are better and the full image is not cropped like the magazine cover version.

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  2. Thanks for all the photos, Sai. Could you possibly add ALL the photos of art you shot? I noticed you didn't upload the ones from Walker's write up, and those are tiny and can't be enlarged. I'd appreciate it!

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    1. Added one photo I saw from Walker's write up that was missing here. Hope that's the only one, let me know if there are others you'd like to see here as well.

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