Original Weird Tales cover could make up to $70,000

An original cover for a 1937 edition of cult horror journal Weird Tales is offered at Hakes's.

It's expected to make around $50,000-70,000 ahead of a March 17 close date.

Margaret Brundage Hakes
Margaret Brundage was Weird Tales' most prolific illustrator

The illustration was produced in pastel by Margaret Brundage, the magazine's most prolific cover artist (between 1933 and 1938) and the only female pulp illustrator working during the form's golden age.

The story it illustrates, The Carnal God, is billed as "a weird story about a golden image that was instinct with evil life".

Brundage's vividly prurient cover art was so popular that some writers at the magazine included scenes in their stories specifically for her to illustrate.

Her work has a passionate following and regularly sells for sums in the mid five figure range. Another of her covers, titled The Altar of Melek, realised $42,500 at Heritage Auctions in 2008.

A rare poster for Creature from the Black Lagoon is also on offer, with an estimate of $10,000-20,000.

The film is among the most iconic B-movies of all time and the poster is extremely popular.

Another specimen in similar condition made $25,095 in a 2008 sale at Heritage Auctions.

The present lot has been mounted on linen and lightly restored.

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