Earle K. Bergey

Earle Kulp Bergey was born in Philadelphia on August 16, 1901, and attended the Academy of Fine Art there from 1921 to 1926. His first job was working in the art department at the Philadelphia Ledger, but he later switched to the pulp-magazine publisher Fiction House. In 1935, Bergey married and, while still continuing to paint for the pulps, he went to work for The Saturday Evening Post. He moved his family to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and opened a studio in New York.

Work for the other mainstream magazines like Liberty followed, as did dozens of front covers showing scantily clad dancers, actresses, and starlets for large, full-size men's magazines like Real Screen Fun (1935-38), Gay Broadway (1935-37), and Snappy (1931-38)

From 1939 until about 1950, Bergey's pin-up and glamour girls clad in bras and breastplates appeared on the covers of the science-fiction pulps - initially for Standard Publishers, whose roster included Strange Stories, Startling Stories, Thrilling Wonder Stories and Captain Future, and later for Fantastic Story Quarterly, Future Science-Fiction, Planet Stories and Popular Love. Among the other pulp magazines that he supplied pin-ups to were La Paree (1934-36), Bedtime Stories (1935), Tattle Tales (1934-38), The Stocking Parade (June 1938), and Pep (1934-36)

In 1948 Bergey made the transition to the new, rapidly expanding paperback book industry, working first for Popular Library and then for Pocket Books. His cover art, depicting sexy pin-up girls posed in perilous situations, helped to sell millions of paperback novels.

Bergey died in 1952, while visiting a doctor's office.

Earle K. Bergey bio from 'The Great American Pin-Up