Sleaze art of the 60s sold books

Illustrator Doug Weaver (d. 2019) was a master of sliminess, but he rarely signed his work with his own name.  He preferred the name

Here in the desert no era is celebrated more than the Middle Ages. Hair, chairs, architecture. It was a time of breakthrough with many new ideas coming to the fore. Ike was president, and new homes and highways sprang up everywhere.

Nonetheless, there were a few hints of the next decade when all bets were ruled out and many people were not as clean as they seemed. One of them was the appearance of the soft binding of slimy sex with its hot prose and more permanent covers. This art is becoming more and more collectible, politically incorrect as it is today, and a small but growing cadre of enthusiasts is chasing it. Here’s the background.

The trend began around 1958 when a stalemate in the distribution of science fiction magazines led to numerous publications assembling their tents. At the time, writing science fiction was a popular career for many upcoming authors because it required something more than lush imagination and knowledge of Jules Verne. And it paid well, but it suddenly disappeared.

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