The Covers of Detective World


Detective World Magazine was one of the many “true crime” magazines to be published during the pulp era.  Promising all the sordid details that could safely be pulled from “fact police cases,” Detective World originally ran from 1945 to 1953 and is best remembered for its covers, which featured sultry women either in peril or promising danger.  Detective World was later revived in 1970 and ran until 1981.  For the revival, the magazine’s covers usually featured photographs of posed models.  From what I’ve seen. none of the revival covers match the style or the creativity of the magazine’s original covers.

The covers below are from Detective World‘s original run.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any names for the artists responsible for the work below.  If anyone out there can help us give these artists the credit that they deserve, please let us know in the comments!

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