Steve Kennedy, 1945-2015

I was shocked and saddened to hear the news that Steve Kennedy has passed away.IMG00022

Some pulp fans who didn’t know Steve will recognize him by the estates that he represented:¬†Walter Baumhoffer, Oscar Bluemner, Hannes Bok (estate), Eliot Clark, James Daugherty, Ratael De Soto, John Gambin (estate), R.G. Harris, Richard Lillis (estate), Charles Prendergast, Maurice Prendergast, Andre Racz (estate), Margery Ryerson, and J. Allen St. John (estate).

I always enjoyed talking to Steve at PulpFest. He was always very kind to me and seemed to be very interested in my projects. One year we got on the discussion of my grandfather and the WILD WEST WEEKLY cover art for some of his stories. I told Steve the story of how, several years ago, I had stumbled upon a home decorating magazine that had a feature story on the rock star Meat Loaf’s home, who collected pulp art. There, in one of the photos, was this Norman Saunders cover that featured Sonny Tabor.

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When I mentioned this to Steve, he grinned: he had been the broker for the sale of this work to Meat Loaf.

I’m sure that is just one small story in the hundreds of stories people have about Steve. I don’t know most of them; if any of you would like to share them, please do so in the comments.

Rest in peace, Steve.