With the advent of 2018, the upcoming Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention is now just three months away (April 6-8, 2018, at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center). As those who’ve attended past conventions know, we’ve had some dynamite Friday night auctions, and this year’s Friday night auction (held the evening of April 6) will be no exception.
We’re honored to announce that this year’s Friday night auction will draw on material from the estate of Glenn Lord. As literary executor of the Robert E. Howard estate for nearly three decades, Lord was instrumental in popularizing the works of Howard, and in making reams of previously unpublished Howard material available. It would be difficult to overstate his contributions to Howard’s legacy. Not surprisingly, his own pulp collection was centered around Howard, but also contained many other titles as well. If you’re a fan of pulps – and particularly if you’re a fan of the man who brought us Conan and so many other memorable characters – you won’t want to miss it!
We’ll be posting more details over the coming weeks concerning the pulps, fanzines and other rare material that will be in the auction. For now, we’ll just post the one piece of original art that will be in the auction – Frank Utpatel’s original cover art for the second Robert E. Howard Arkham House collection, “The Dark Man and Others”. The art was a little too large for my scanner, so these images are very slightly cropped, but we’ll post full sized shots later. We’re showing it in two images. The image on the left is Utpatel’s original art, on illustration paper. The image on the right is scanned with the overlay (which contains some image and text) on top of the art.