In 1931 he moved back to Chicago and opened a small studio, specialising in photography and illustration. In 1932 he signed an exclusive contract with Brown and Bigelow. Unlike Elvgren and others, Moran did not continually re-work one type of situation, and his pin-ups have more variety than any other major contributor to the field. His most enduring pin-ups feature his famous late '40s model, Marilyn Monroe.
Cover Art from Beauty Parade Magazine - October 1941
Cover Art from Beauty Parade Magazine - July 1943
Cover Art from Eyeful Magazine - March 1943