North-West Romances was a pulp magazine that was published, by Fiction House, from 1938 to 1953. Like many pulp magazines, North-West Romances featured stories that combined adventure with romance. Much like Ranch Romances, the majority of the stories in North-West Romances could be classified as westerns except, instead of taking place in the Wild West, they took place in the Northland, the famous Yukon area of Canada. Instead of walking along dusty trails, the heroes in North-West Romances trudged across frozen tundra. Instead of being ranchers, they were often gold prospectors. Often times, the only thing standing in the way on the path to true love was a grizzly bear.
The covers for North-West Romances all featured typical western situations, reinterpreted for the Yukon. Among the those who provided covers for the magazine during its run were notable pulp artists like George Gross, Norman Saunders, and Allen Gustav Anderson. Below are just a few example of their work:
Speed Mystery was one of the many magazines of the pulp era that specialized in violence, sex, and crime. It was originally called Spicy Mystery Stories and was first published in 1934. It was popular at the time but, after nine years of being known as Spicy, the title was changed in 1944 to Speed Mystery. The new, more sedate title was probably meant to placate the moral guardians of the time but the magazine’s content remained the same. Under the title Speed Mystery, the magazine ran another 2 years, publishing its final issue in 1946.
Here are a few of the covers of Speed Mystery. When known, the artist has been credited.
The artist or artists responsible for the rest of these covers is unknown. If I had to guess, I’d say the majority of them were done by Hugh Joseph Ward, as well. However, I can’t say for sure: