Barry Traylor is a long time science fiction and horror enthusiast, which makes him a also a die-hard WEIRD TALES fan. This is a man who's favorite holiday is Halloween; he starts the countdown to October 31 in August.
At WEIRD TALES, the cover art was an unusual and as boundary-crossing as the stories it printed. Here are Barry's favorite WEIRD TALES covers with his explanations.
February 1929 is on the list as it was the first one I acquired with a Hugh Rankin cover, plus it has The Star Stealers by Edmond Hamilton.
February 1933, because of the J. Allen St. John cover.
December 1933, because I love this Brundage cover and have since I first laid eyes upon it years ago. And it has the added advantage of not being a bondage cover (so it does not offend anyone). Also I like that it has no overprinting on the cover. I could be wrong but I think it is one of only two WT's like that. The other is the month before (Nov. 1933).
November 1941 is on the list because I just love skeletons on a pulp cover (not a shabby lineup of authors either).
July 1948. This is a Matt Fox and is the first Weird Tales I ever bought (from Richard H. Minter).
March 1948, just because I love this Lee Brown Coye cover.
May 1950. Boris Dolgov is a big favorite of mine and I love the composition and the colors in this one.
Thanks Barry for contributing. I really like the last two myself. Is the March 1948 a 25th anniversary special edition? Were the tales reprints from the first issue?
Next up: A link to three complete WEIRD TALES stories written by the master himself, H.P. Lovecraft. So you can really get in the mood for Halloween.