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GLORIA STOLL KARN Pulp Romance Catalog

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GLORIA STOLL KARN Pulp Romance Catalog

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Includes Pulps: An Image Gallery. Recommended. Art by Gloria Stoll Karn. A thin but handsome exhibit catalog from the Norman Rockwell Museum. Celebrated for her artistic contributions to the pulps during the 1940s, Gloria Stoll Karn was one of just a few female illustrators working to create a steady stream of tantalizing images for the covers for popular romance and detective titles. From 1941 to 1949, Stoll Karn’s art appeared on the covers and pages of many Popular Publication magazines, including Black Mask, Dime Mystery, Detective Tales, New Detective, All-Story Love, New Love et al. Includes a special six-page section of great cover repros, celebrating the wide range of pulp art from other creators. Superlative reproduction.

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A thin but handsome exhibit catalog from the Norman Rockwell Museum. Celebrated for her artistic contributions to the pulps during the 1940s, Gloria Stoll Karn was one of just a few female illustrators working to create a steady stream of tantalizing images for the covers for popular romance and detective titles. From 1941 to 1949, Stoll Karn’s art appeared on the covers and pages of many Popular Publication magazines, including Black Mask, Dime Mystery, Detective Tales, New Detective, All-Story Love, New Love et al. Includes a special six-page section of great cover repros, celebrating the wide range of pulp art from other creators. Superlative reproduction.

Gloria is in her nineties but still going strong, and was interviewed for this. Here is my favorite anecdote--while both of her parents were artists and encouraged her work, her father unexpectedly passed away when Gloria was only 15. Discouraged in trying to pursue an art career, and needing to help her mother support the family, she went to work as a secretary. She gave up her dreams of doing professional art, and tried to stuff her portfolio into the apartment building's incinerator. It was too big, so she left it for trash collection.

The next she knew, the building's handyman had picked up the folio, examined the art, and passed it on to the esteemed pulp illustrator Raphael DeSoto--who lived in the same building. Desoto was impressed and put Gloria, still just 17 years old, in touch with Popular Publications, one of the largest of the pulp publishers. They put her to work immediately, so there she was carrying wet paintings downtown to their offices on the subway.

DeSoto also helped to mentor her and eventually she even spent some time working with him in his studio upstairs. She attended evening classes at the Art Student's League, where Norman Rockwell received his training. She studied anatomy, etching, painting and lithography. One of her most highly regarded teachers there was none other than the Howard Pyle student and classmate of N.C. Wyeth, Harvey Dunn.

More titles she contributed to include Love Book, Love Short Stories, Love Novels, Romance, and Thrilling Love, as well as Argosy. Includes essays by Norman Rockwell Museum Chief Curator Stephanie Haboush Plunkett and Curator of Exhibitions Jesse Kowalski.

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Item Code GLORST
Publisher Norman Rockwell Museum
Publish Date 2018
ISBN 0961527307
Binding Soft Cover
Dimensions 8x10
# Pages 27pg
Color Partial Color
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