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Earle Bergey


23490709-LlyrdisJust a gallery of wonderful covers from old pulps.
I always liked the covers of Startling stories, and one of them in particular, that you see here on the right, is the image that flashes in my mind when I think about pulp covers.
All these covers were created by a guy called Earle Bergey, and this post and this gallery dedicated to him.
He was specialised in something that was called “Bim, BEM, Bum!” – a beautiful woman menaced by a monster of some sort, with a hero ready to act heroic.


Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

4 thoughts on “Earle Bergey

  1. There’s a new series on BoingBoing called Sci-Fi Sundays that I heartily recommend. In fact, your post on Earle Bergey has a tie-in to Bim, BEM, Bum IMO — specifically a well tailed fellow rocketed skyward 🙂


  2. Davide, it’s great to see you honoring my grandfather, the iconic pulp fiction artist, Earle K. Bergey. Excitement for Bergey is palpable in your posting. I am sure you’ll appreciate knowing that two of the images are not by my grandfather. As his expert, I can assure you that he never painted covers for Planet Stories; the issue you feature is illustrated by Allen Anderson. Also the Call Girl paperback is the work of one of his late-career colleagues. All of the images you’ve selected are cool. With my best…!


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