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Pulp Crazy – Douglas Klauba Interview

Artwork by Douglas Klauba
Artwork by Douglas Klauba

 

Douglas Klauba
Douglas Klauba

Odds are if you’re a pulp fan, you’ve heard the name Douglas Klauba, or at least seen an image he’s illustrated. Douglas was kind enough to answer some questions about what got him interested in the pulps, as well as his latest projects. This includes the 2016 Douglas Klauba Adventure Calendar, currently going into its final few days on Kickstarter.

Pulp Crazy: Thanks so much for agreeing to this interview, Douglas. Your name is a familiar one to pulp fans, and it’s an honor to interview you on Pulp Crazy. As someone who owns a number of the Moonstone anthologies your covers adorn, I love your illustrations of pulp characters. How did you first get interested in the pulps?

Douglas Klauba: Thank you so much! I started getting into pulp art at an early age, early teens while collecting comic books, monster magazines, and paperbacks. And because I was a Steranko fan, I collected his Shadow and other paperbacks that he did covers for, like Weird Heroes. Eventually, Steranko’s Chandler was released and it made a huge impression upon me as a young artist. I was then picking up the comic book versions of The Shadow, The Avenger, Doc Savage, Conan, and John Carter of Mars. It all started to click with me that these new interpretations came from an original source, aside from old time radio… and I ended up becoming a bigger fan of pulp heroes over comic book heroes.

Pulp Crazy: Who are some of your favorite pulp artists? Do any particular pulp covers stand out in your mind?

Douglas Klauba: J. Allen St. John, Rudolph Belarski, Walter Baumhofer, Norm Saunders, Virgil Finlay, Edward Cartier, George Rozen, Rafael DeSoto, and Hubert Rogers. I don’t think I could pick a favorite cover… way too hard: maybe a Rozen cover of The Shadow or a Doc Savage. I do love many Astounding covers by Hubert Rogers.

Pulp Crazy: Has classic pulp art influenced your style? If yes, how so?

Douglas Klauba: Very much so. From figurative, colors, lighting, and composition. I also enjoy working in a black and white pulp influenced style.

Pulp Crazy: What is your favorite genre to draw? Do you find yourself more at home with the hero pulps, science fiction, fantasy, crime, or some other genre within the greater realm of the pulps?

Douglas Klauba: I really do love all that you’ve mentioned. I’ve been fortunate to have been hired by Moonstone for many of their pulp hero books. I like developing paintings with science fiction woman with plenty of retro ray guns and space ships. I’m also a huge fan of the hard boiled private eyes and detectives. I plan on continuing a personal series of paintings in that genre.

Pulp Crazy: What pulp character do you enjoy drawing the most? Is this your favorite pulp character?

Douglas Klauba: While I’m a huge fan of The Shadow, and Doc Savage, as well as The Spider – I really like illustrating crime / detective images. I think I enjoy all the characters equally. I’ve never illustrated The Shadow in color but hope to in the next couple of weeks, after I finish my current painting I’m working on of John Carter, Dejah Thoris, and Tars Tarkas.

Pulp Crazy: Do you have a particular pulp series or character you enjoy reading?

Douglas Klauba: I really enjoy the John Carter books. Some days I like to read The Shadow, while other days I’m in the mood for The Spider.

Pulp Crazy: Outside of pulp characters, what other types of illustrations do you like to create?

Douglas Klauba: Anything to do with movies! I recently completed a commemorative poster for the Clive Barker film, Lord of Illusions. I’m also working on an original pulp inspired adventure graphic
novel, that I hope to finish one day….

Pulp Crazy: You currently have a Kickstarter campaign going to fund a 2016 calendar featuring your artwork, The Douglas Klauba 2016 Adventure Calendar. The Kickstarter campaign has a really nice selection of backing options and reward levels. As of this interview you have 5 days left and are only $500 away from the project being funded. Tell us a little bit about this project. How did it come into being? How difficult was it to pick just 12 images?

Douglas Klauba: I really owe it all to my friend, Bob Garcia. We were discussing projects one day, probably at the Windy City Pulp and Paperback Show, and he really got the ball rolling. I wanted to put some of these pulp themed images in a collection of some sort. Bob ended up presenting a calendar design that blew me away, and then he redesigned it – and it blew me away even more. He also helped me decide on which images.

Bob and I have worked on many book covers and poster projects together. I love his art direction, I trust his judgement, and we work really well together. After his successful, and beautiful The Collectors Book Of Virgil Finlay on Kickstarter, he thought that I could publish this with his guidance. I’ve been pleasantly surprised finding out that there are art fans, and pulp art fans that want to hang my work up every month. So, here we are days away of knowing if the Adventure Calendar will be fully funded or not.

Pulp Crazy: Do you have any other pulp related projects in the works that you can talk about?

Douglas Klauba: Well, as I mentioned, I’m working on a black and white pulp inspired graphic novel. I have a few commissions lined up that need to be taken care of. There are a couple of other projects that are too early to discuss, but I’d be thrilled to announce once they begin.

Pulp Crazy: Thanks again for agreeing to the interview, Douglas. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the 2016 calendar and future pulp related books featuring your artwork.

Douglas Klauba: Thank you, Jason! I can’t wait to get it into your hands and onto your wall as well!

Back the Douglas Klauba 2016 Adventure Calendar on Kickstarter:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1800646484/the-douglas-klauba-2016-adventure-calendar

Visit Douglas’ Website: http://www.douglasklauba.com/index.php

Pulp Crazy – Savage Sword of Criminal

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/108.mp3

In this weeks episode I’m going to be discussing a comic book that came out last month. It’s one of the coolest comics I’ve ever read. Criminal: The Special Edition, The Savage Sword of Criminal. This is a magazine sized comic that was written by Ed Brubaker and illustrated by Sean Phillips, the co-creators of Criminal. It was colored by Elizabeth Breitweiser.

I’m going to be discussing the magazine sized variant for the most part, but there was a regular sized edition put out without all of the design elements. Later in this episode I’m going to include a video and do a side by side comparison of the two. I’ll also put Savage Sword of Criminal next to some Savage Sword of Conan magazines for comparison as well.

I’m going to try and explain this one-shot as best as I can, and hope everyone stays with me, but I think the video will ultimately do a better job visually than I can do via audio.

Links:

 

Ed Brubaker on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Ed-Brubaker/e/B001K8L8ZW

Ed Brubaker Twitter: https://twitter.com/brubaker

Sean Phillips on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3ASean%20Phillips

Sean Phillips Website: http://www.seanphillips.co.uk/

Sean Phillips Twitter: https://twitter.com/seanpphillips

The Art of Sean Phillips Blogspot: http://theartofseanphillips.blogspot.com/

Image Comics: http://imagecomics.com

Robert E. Howard Forums: http://conan.com

Robert E. Howard Foundation: http://www.rehfoundation.org/

 

Pulp Crazy – The Prophecy by Hugh B. Cave

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/81.mp3

In this weeks episode I will be discussing The Prophecy by Hugh B. Cave. It first appeared in the October 1934 issue of Black Book Detective. The Prophecy can be categorized more as a horror story, than a detective story. I would peg the time period around the year it was published, 1934. It involves four young whites who decide to pay a visit to a black church that is deep into the spiritualist movement of the day. As a matter of fact, a nice name drop to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is made in the story. A fifth member of the group warns them against going, insisting that something bad will happen to them, hence the title of the story.

Links:

Read The Prophecy by Hugh B. Cave in PDF:

http://pulpgen.com/pulp/downloads/list_by_author.php?page=17

http://pulpgen.com/pulp/downloads/getpdf.php?id=732

Audio Version at Archive.org (Robotic): http://www.archive.org/download/Hugh_B_Cave_the_Prophecy/the_prophecy.mp3

Pulp Crazy – Sleuth Girl by Don George

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/074.mp3

In this weeks episode I will be discussing “Sleuth Girl” by Don George. It is a crime story that appeared in the June 1939 issue of Ten Detective Aces. The story is only two pages long and I read it off of the PulpGen website.

The story focuses on Detective Wilcy Whitaker and his partner the titular Sleuth Girl. The two of them are in a park undercover, trying to draw out a criminal known as the Prowler who has been robbing and murdering couples in the park. Assisting them is the woman’s pet squirrel named Red.

Links: Read Sleuth Girl at PulpGen: http://pulpgen.com/pulp/downloads/list_by_mag.php?page=52   Don George at the Fiction Mags Index: http://www.philsp.com/homeville/fmi/s1683.htm

Pulp Crazy – Mistress of Snarling Death By Paul Chadwick

In this weeks episode I will be discussing Mistress of Snarling Death by Paul Chadwick. This is not the same Paul Chadwick known for the Concrete comic book series at Dark Horse. This Paul Chadwick lived from 1902-1972. Mistress of Snarling Death appeared in the July 1936 issue of Ace Mystery Magazine. Mistress of Snarling Death definitely falls into the Weird Menace genre. The main character of the story is Stephen Demerest, he is called to the New England countryside when he received a letter from a friend of his father, Benjamin Halliday. Demerest hasn’t seen Halliday in years, but when he receives a letter from Halliday asking him come to his house under the guise of a radio repairman to help him out of trouble he decides to go. It is here where he encounters a beautiful and mysterious young woman who commands a pack of large black dogs.

Read Mistress of Snarling Death at PulpGen: http://pulpgen.com/pulp/downloads/list_by_mag.php?page=3

Download the PDF: http://pulpgen.com/pulp/downloads/getpdf.php?id=296

Paul Chadwick @ Fiction Mags Index: http://www.philsp.com/homeville/fmi/d614.htm

Paul Chadwick @ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?92665

J.M. Wilcox @ PulpArtists.com: http://pulpartists.com/Wilcox.html

Pulp Crazy – Tower of Heaven by Walter C. Brown

 

In this episode I discuss and read in its entirety, “Tower of Heaven” by Walter C. Brown. The story first appeared in the June 1949 issue of Short Stories. It is a crime story of sorts that features a loyal Chinese manservant, who is not what he appears.

Links:

Read “Tower of Heaven” at pulpgen.com: http://pulpgen.com/pulp/downloads/list_by_author.php?page=14

Read “Tower of Heaven” in eBook: http://tinyurl.com/kuygqlz

Walter C. Brown at the Fiction Mags Index: http://www.philsp.com/homeville/fmi/s680.htm#A15702

Walter C. Brown at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?18595

PulpGen: http://pulpgen.com/pulp/

PulpGen Downloads: http://pulpgen.com/pulp/downloads/index.html

The Fiction Mags Index: http://www.philsp.com/homeville/fmi/0start.htm

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