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.
January 24
1961—Plane Carrying Nuclear Bombs Crashes
A B-52 Stratofortress carrying two H-bombs experiences trouble during a refueling operation, and in the midst of an emergency descent breaks up in mid-air over Goldsboro, North Carolina. Five of the six arming devices on one of the bombs somehow activate before it lands via parachute in a wooded region where it is later recovered. The other bomb does not deploy its chute and crashes into muddy ground at 700 mph, disintegrating while driving its radioactive core fifty feet into the earth, where it remains to this day.
January 23
1912—International Opium Convention Signed
The International Opium Convention is signed at The Hague, Netherlands, and is the first international drug control treaty. The agreement was signed by Germany, the U.S., China, France, the UK, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Persia, Portugal, Russia, and Siam.
January 22
1946—CIA Forerunner Created
U.S. president Harry S. Truman establishes the Central Intelligence Group or CIG, an interim authority that lasts until the Central Intelligence Agency is established in September of 1947.
1957—George Metesky Is Arrested
The New York City "Mad Bomber," a man named George P. Metesky, is arrested in Waterbury, Connecticut and charged with planting more than 30 bombs. Metesky was angry about events surrounding a workplace injury suffered years earlier. Of the thirty-three known bombs he planted, twenty-two exploded, injuring fifteen people. He was apprehended based on an early use of offender profiling and because of clues given in letters he wrote to a newspaper. At trial he was found legally insane and committed to a state mental hospital.
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