Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Oh Brother: Gay pulp cover art

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 15, 2010 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: gay pulp, gay stereotypes, queer pulp, vintage fiction, vintage gay

Does this cover -- hilarious as it is -- make a lick of sense to you? Is it an incest theme? Is "brother" code for gay? Is that Liberace dancing...for Elvis??

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I'm puzzling over what the one in the chair is holding in his right hand. Can't be a remote control unit and it doesn't look quite like a pack of cigarettes.

I think its a taser. Or a 50s prototype. I think. I hope every single last copy of this book cover is eaten by termites

He's holding a glass by the top. This illustration obviously drawn by a straight artist and probably a serious homophobe.

My question would be "Which one is probably in denial about his sexual orientation?"

Lynn Miller | July 17, 2010 6:48 AM

The cover was drawn by Gene Bilbrew, who was apparently a famous pulp and fetish artist in the 1950s and 1960s.

Here is how the back cover of the novel described the plot:

Butch business consultant Brad Stewart, on assignment at a famous fashion firm, is wooed by light-in-his-loafers young dress designer Johnny Dallance. But Ronnie Grimes, the rouged and lipsticked queen bee of the firm, is determined to keep Dallance in his hive of male drones. When luscious Pam Vincent tries to seduce Brad too, its anybody's guess which way he will turn!
http://books.google.com/books?id=wwH9Q8E_P68C&pg=PT49&lpg=PT49&dq=%22his+brother+love%22+%22russ+trainer%22&source=bl&ots=_azX0jUMB6&sig=J1SBXA5dR_5UJ_nwJW2cg18w3gg&hl=en&ei=E4ZBTO2UBYPdnAe1w4CdDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CB8Q6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=%22his%20brother%20love%22%20%22russ%20trainer%22&f=false

Well, at least we know now what the cover is about. Johnny is performing a seductive dance to woo Brad before Pam gets her claws on him (Brad, that is, not Johnny.)