Check Out These Snappy Covers!

1936 September, Cover by Earle Bergey

When it comes to the history of the pulps, it can be difficult to keep track of which magazine was which.  Snappy Stories was first published in 1912 and it ran until 1933.  The stories were considered to be risqué for the time but are tame by today’s standards.  During its heyday, Snappy Stories was one of the most popular magazines in America but it appears that its publishers fell victim to the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the final issue of Snappy Stories was published in 1933.

At the same time, there was another magazine called Snappy, that also features risqué stories and covers that featured pin-up artists.  Snappy began its run in 1929 and apparently ran through the 1930s.  Were Snappy Stories and Snappy Magazine connected or do they just have the same name?  I have not been able to find out for sure.

Both magazines, though, are popular with collectors.  Below is just a small sampling of Snappy covers!

1921, December. Cover by J. Norman Lynd

1922, July, cover by Carl Becker

1923, July, cover by DeAlton Valentine

1924, August, cover by Enoch Bolles

1925, May, cover by Enoch Bolles

1926, July, cover by Enoch Bolles

1926, October, cover by Enoch Bolles

1930, May, cover by Earle Bergey

1934, January, cover by Earle Bergey

1934, September, cover by Earle Bergey

1936, November, cover by Earle Bergey

1937, January, cover by Earle Bergey

The Dangerous Lives of Models

by Enoch Bolles

Sometime glamorous.  Sometimes sordid.  Sometimes dangerous.  The life of the model has always been a popular subject for the pulps.  Below are some pulp covers that deal not only with the experience of being model but also the weight of being an artist.   There’s a price for everything.

by Ann Cantor

by Arnold Kohn

Artist Unknown

by Bernard Safran

by John Drew

by Paul Rader

by Rafael DeSoto

by Robert Bonfils

by Verne Tossey

by Hugh Joseph Ward



The Piquant Covers of Ginger Magazine

Ginger Magazine was a pin-up and fiction magazine that was published from 1928 to 1932.  It was considered risqué at the time.  Today, it’s mostly just sought for its covers, which often mixed sex appeal with humor.  Each cover promised stories that would be “Piquant, Pungent, Peppery, Pleasing.”  The magazine’s other tag line was “Ginger will be preserved.”

Here are a few of the covers of Ginger Magazine.  Where known, the original artist has been credited:





1929, by Enoch Bolles



1930, by Chris Schaare

1930, by Chris Schaare