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2005 Windy City Pulp & Paperback Convention

10/01/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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The 2005 Windy City Pulp and Paperback Convention will be held from
Friday, April 22, 2005, through Sunday, April 24, 2005. Pulps and vintage science fiction paperbacks will be for sale, as well as original vintage science fiction art.

In addition, of interest to science fiction fans will be our original art display and Saturday evening auction, featuring items from the Munsey and Popular Publications files.

This year's art show (open Saturday and Sunday) will include a display of science fiction art by Chicago-based artist Harold McCauley. One of the top sf artists of the 1940s and 1950s, McCauley worked first for the Ziff-Davis chain of magazines before moving to digests such as IMAGINATION and OTHER WORLDS in the 1950s. Few could draw women like McCauley, and he's still perhaps best remembered today for his Mac Girl.

His wife and daughters will be attending the convention in connection with a display of over 20 McCauley originals being planned for the art show. Originals by other science fiction and fantasy artists - such as J. Allen St. John, Frank Kelly Freas, Ed Emshwiller, Virgil Finlay and Edd Cartier - will also be on display at the con.

Their Saturday evening auction will feature part two of the Munsey/Popular Publications Auction - an assortment of one-of-a-kind items from the Munsey and Popular files. A more complete list is available on their website; highlights include:

  • a near 1" thick file concerned with early sf great George Allan England (including a number of long letters from England and signed by him)

  • a letter from Robert Bloch on Gustav Marx ad agency stationary from 1951 requesting release of rights to several stories, signed Bob Bloch

  • signed letter from Alfred Bester from 1951

  • a 4 page hand written letter by Cornell Woolrich

  • a nearly 4" thick file of letters regarding "The Court of Last Resort" (teaming author, Erle Stanley Gardner, publisher, Harry Steeger, and detective, Raymond Schindler to investigate men wrongfully imprisoned and their efforts to correct such mistakes, made into a book and later a TV show - the file includes many long letters, some signed "Erle")

  • 1927 letter from Johnston McCulley securing book rights for his novel, "The Return of Zorro," signed by McCulley

  • signed checks, including Ray Cummings (paying him for his novel, "Tama of the Flying Virgins"), Rudolph Belarski (for his cover to the Edgar Rice Burroughs' serial, "The Synthetic Men of Mars"), P.J. Monahan (for his cover painting for ERB's "Cathoris"), Charles Williams (for his cover illustration for ERB's "The Girl from Farris"), Roger Sherman Hoar/Ralph Milne Farley (for the serial, "The Radio Beasts"), Modest Stein (for his cover painting for "The Radio Planet").

The con is switching hotels this year, moving to larger space at The Ramada Plaza Hotel O'Hare 6600 North Mannheim Rd. Rosemont, IL 60018 Hotel. More details at

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