The Shocking Covers of Super-Detective


by Hugh Joseph Ward

From 1940 to 1943, Super-Detective Magazine kept the world up-to-date on the adventures of Jim Anthony.  Anthony was a crime fighter, described as being “half-Irish, half-Indian, and all-American.”  Much like contemporary pulp heroes like Doc Savage, Phantom Detective, and the Shadow, Jim Anthony fought gangsters, saved damsels in distress, and even thwarted a few spies.

As you might be able to guess by looking at the covers below, the adventures of Super-Detective were, for the time, considered to be very racy.  There was a greater emphasis on both sex and violence.  As opposed to chaste and stoic heroes like Doc Savage, Jim Anthony was frequently very emotional and very flirtatious with his clients.  Still, Jim Anthony did what had to be done to fight crime and keep America safe.

Here are a few of the covers of Super-Detective!  Where known, the artist has been credited.

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by Harry Lemon Parkhurst

by Hugh Joseph Ward

by Hugh Joseph Ward

by Hugh Joseph Ward

by Hugh Joseph Ward

by Robert Maguire

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