Modern Pulp Apr 11 2009
DEATH & THE MAIDENS
Four pale McGinnis beauties adorn mock-up novels.

No, these aren’t pulp classics that somehow escaped your notice. They’re props from the 2005 film Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, in which Robert Downey, Jr. played a thief accidentally cast in a Hollywood film. The movie was based on Brett Halliday’s pulp novel Bodies Are Where You Find Them, and so the producers of the film mocked up four pieces of faux fiction as a sort of tribute, and used Robert McGinnis art to do so. The paintings are of course wonderful, but to our eyes the overall designs aren’t fully convincing. This is mainly due to the uninspired font choices and rather limp colors utilized for the overall graphics. One gets the sense the designers didn’t have a true affinity for pulp style. But even if the covers are less than authentic, the McGinnis art is still to die for.

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History Rewind
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
May 25
1938—Alicante Is Bombed
During the Spanish Civil War, a squadron of Italian bombers sent by fascist dictator Benito Mussolini to support the insurgent Spanish Nationalists, bombs the town of Alicante, killing more than three-hundred people. Although less remembered internationally than the infamous Nazi bombing of Guernica the previous year, the death toll in Alicante is similar, if not higher.
1977—Star Wars Opens
George Lucas's sci-fi epic Star Wars premiers in the Unites States to rave reviews and packed movie houses. Produced on a budget of $11 million, the film goes on to earn $460 million in the U.S. and $337 million overseas, while spawning a franchise that would eventually earn billions and make Lucas a Hollywood icon.
May 24
1930—Amy Johnson Flies from England to Australia
English aviatrix Amy Johnson lands in Darwin, Northern Territory, becoming the first woman to fly from England to Australia. She had departed from Croydon on May 5 and flown 11,000 miles to complete the feat. Her storied career ends in January 1941 when, while flying a secret mission for Britain, she either bails out into the Thames estuary and drowns, or is mistakenly shot down by British fighter planes. The facts of her death remain clouded today.
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