Gloria Stoll Karn – RIP The Daily Cartoonist

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Gloria Stoll Karn – RIP

Pulp cover artist and illustrator Gloria Stoll Karn left us.


Gloria Marie Stoll Karn
November 13, 1923 – July 23, 2022

From the obituary:

Gloria Stoll Karn, 98, passed into eternal life, at her home, surrounded by her loved ones, on Saturday, July 23, 2022. Born in New York, the only daughter of Charles and Anne Finamore Stoll, Gloria studied at the High School of Music and Art and the Art Students League. She began a famous career as a pulp magazine illustrator at the age of 17, becoming one of the few successful women in a male-dominated field.

From Gloria’s Field Guide to Wild American Pulp Artists entry:

In 1936, she was among the first students to attend LaGaurdia High School of Music & Art.

In 1940, after graduating from high school, she received a scholarship for the Display Institute, but quit after a few disappointing months of work.

One fateful day in April 1941, she impulsively threw away all her student artwork. The janitor rescued his portfolio from the incinerator room and showed it to another tenant in the building who happened to be clay artist, Rafael DeSoto. DeSoto asked to meet the discouraged seventeen-year-old art student and inspired her to become a commercial illustrator.

With DeSoto’s introduction, she sold her first freelance story illustration to a pulp magazine from Popular Publication. From 1941 to 1949, she sold story illustrations and covers to Love Stories, Detective Tales, Dime Mystery, Romance Novels, Short Love Stories, New Love, Journey Romances, Romancesand romantic west.

From the Norman Rockwell Museum:

Famous for her artistic contributions to the pulp fiction industry in the 1940s, Gloria Stoll Karn (b. 1923) was one of the few female illustrators working to create a steady stream of enticing images for the covers of popular magazines in romance and dimes.

From 1941 to 1949, Stoll-Karn’s illustrations were highly sought after by Popular Publications, one of the largest publishers of pulp magazines, and his work appeared regularly in Black Mask, Dime Mystery, Detective Tales, New Detective, Love All Stories, New Love, Love Book, Short Love Stories, Romance Novels, Romanceand thrilling loveas well Argosia.

From the artwork history:

Boy-meets-girl themes envisioned with a touch of humor were Stoll Karn’s specialty and the most popular storylines in pulp magazines. Steamy depictions of embracing couples, valiant soldiers and cowboys, detectives and tough villains – both men and women – constantly entertained the artist and his readers. To stand out in the newsstand, Stoll Karn’s images were colorful and clearly delineated, with idyllic, lively figures dominating the picture plane. “I love doing hands and I love painting hair, those are the two things I love doing best,” said the artist, who appreciated their expressive potential.

Pulp Covers website entries of pulp covers tagged Gloria Stoll Karn.

The Gloria Stoll Karn website has a large collection of his pulp magazine art.

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