Thursday, November 26, 2015
THE ALLURING ART OF MARGARET BRUNDAGE: QUEEN OF PULP PIN-UP ART
By Stephen D. Korshak and David Spurlock (Authors) Margaret Brundage (Artist)
REVIEW BY JOE TELL
The Alluring Art of Margaret Brundage: Queen of Pulp Pin-Up Art is a very entertaining and interesting read. The book sheds new light on the life and career of legendary Weird Tales cover artist, Margaret Brundage. Margaret’s lush and alluring paintings created great controversy in the 1930s. Her lavishly colored artwork featured scantily clad young women bearing whips and wielding knives that were menaced by all types of monstrous beings. Margaret’s innovative and shocking artwork was in high demand because her covers sold the most pulp magazines. The best part of this book is all of Margaret’s stunning, pulp magazine cover art for Weird Tales, Oriental Stories, Magic Carpet and Golden Fleece are all compiled together along with some never before seen, unpublished work. Many of her covers featured gothic fetish themes based on the stories that were published within Weird Tales. Stories that were written by renowned authors like H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert Bloch and Conan the Barbarian creator, Robert E. Howard. The second part of the book reveals, for the first time ever, the secret life that Margaret led apart from the pulp magazine scene. She and her husband Slim were political activists who took part in the birth of the American counterculture. Margaret Johnson and Slim Brundage first met at Chicago’s infamous Dil Pickle Club. The club was known as a speakeasy but its members also participated in the highly political causes that defined the Chicago Renaissance. The Dil Pickle Club was at the center of a diverse subculture that encouraged free speech and rallied for workers and civil rights at a time when activism led to blacklisting. This is essential reading for any fan of fantasy and horror art.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
The following comics were generously donated to my personal collection by Randy Barnard of the local cover band, 55 Main.
55 Main can be found on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/55Main
Thank You Randy!
This Jonah Hex mini-digest comic was loaned to me from Danny Manzella, also from the 55 Main band.
Classic Comic Books and Classic Rock are a perfect combination...
Dan the Man (The Singer for the Classic Rock band 55 Main) loaned me the very collectible Jonah Hex mini-comic from '79 so in turn I'm giving him and his band a Super Shout Out on my Music blog.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
JiBmaster - Happy Flapjacks
Happy Flapjacks was released by the members of JiBmaster as a tribute to the JiBmaster himself, Jeff Borycki after he passed away unexpectedly. Go to www.jibmaster.net to hear the music.
JiBmaster - School Pizza
Who is JiBmaster?
For those who don't know, JiBmaster is a Buffalo-based original rock band. With a particular, nearly-retro guitar-based sound, distinctive, catchy songwriting, and "not-your-usual" subject matter, you'll soon come to know when you are hearing a JiBmaster tune. If there is a category for the music, I'd have to call it "Novelty Stoner Folk(ish) Rock". The music was written entirely by the band, and recorded in a basement studio. I produced the album - for the first time in my career acting solely as producer/engineer, and not performing :)
Perhaps best of all, School Pizza features the performances of many other great musicians from the WNY area: guitar solos, viola, trumpet, & more ear candy is scattered all over the album.
The JiBmaster website is up and functional! You can:
See the full album artwork and credits
Download all the songs (free!)
Leave a message for JiBmaster
Even give a donation to help the cause
There are more features to come, including live photos, videos, exclusive JiBmaster merchandise, and who knows what else...
Purchase or Preview the Album at CDBaby
The CD is also available at CDBaby.com! You can preview the entire album for free, and buy only what you like ($0.99 per song, or $5.00 for the whole album). Old Timers: You can even order a real live physical CD!
Even if you're too cheap for that (like me), you can at least go to CD Baby and download the single "Spread it Around" for free. It will help put JiBmaster on the digital charts!
Spread it Around!
If you like the album, please tell your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, chiropractors, mistresses, drug suppliers, and mortal enemies! We hope you enjoy it, and thanks for your support!
-Mike Boncaldo & JiBmaster
Thank You, Mike!