Happy Cinco De Mayo!
This issue of Judge is from 1928, a year when everyone was falling in love with mermaids. Not only does this cover promise romance but it also promises a chance to win a thousand dollars! In 1928, you could probably have used that money to buy your very own mansion with a mermaid fountain out front.
I don’t know much about the credited artist, DeAlton Valentine. He was one of the few cover artists to sign his name to his work so his work will always live on.
This is from 1957. If you’re going to go into space, be sure to wear more clothes than this poor fellow.
This cover is from 1952. The book tells the story of a woman who discovers that there’s a reason why her husband, Anton, is more interested in spending time with his friend Hugo than with her. As you can tell from the cover, she does not take it well.
This cover was done by Julian Paul.
Welcome to May!
As you can probably guess by the name of the magazine, Famous Detective Cases was a true crime magazine. This issue is from June of 1936. I’d love to know who the cover artist was.
After the Rain was first published in 1958. It’s a novel about the aftermath of a 200-year flood. This cover is for a later edition of the novel, which apparently actually takes place in a university lecture hall and has nothing to do with the Statue of Liberty drowning. (The novel was turned into a play in 1966.)
I love this cover so I’m disappointed that I can’t tell you who is responsible for it.
If you were the town’s bad girl, good for you. You have nothing to apologize for and nothing to confess. Being a “bad girl” is not a crime, no matter what the haters in your town might say. I like this cover’s contrast between the worried former bad girl and her naïve boyfriend, who is probably about to hear “the most shocking” story of his life.
This cover was done by Zoe Mozert, one of the women to make a living as a pin-up and glamour artist during the pulp era.
This is from 1947. It’s all protecting tombs from thieves and being fashionable while you’re doing it! This cover was by Alex Schomburg.
Love and Revenge in a Pagan Land! That man doesn’t even need armor or a big sword to fight off an army!
This edition of Cradle of the Sun was published in 1954. The cover is by Robert Stanley, who has been featured many times on this site.