Artwork of the Day: Fight Stories (by George Gross)


by George Gross

“One fist was Irish!”

And a happy St. Patrick’s Day to us all!  Hopefully, the Irish fist is the one knocking the other boxer out of the ring.  I would be disappointed otherwise.

Fight Stories was the first fiction magazine to be devoted to just one sport, in this case boxing.  The magazine started in 1928 and it was popular enough to run into the early 50s.  This issue is from 1949 and features a cover from George Gross, who has been featured many times on this site.  You can even see Gross’s signature in the bottom left corner of the cover.

I hope everyone has a good St. Patrick’s Day.  They can cancel our parade but they can’t cancel our spirit!

 

Artwork of the Day: Mail-Order Passion (by George Gross)


by George Gross

Before online dating, I guess you just went out with whoever sent you a letter and hoped that you didn’t end up on a date with a middle-aged alcoholic who expected you to sit on his red couch.

This cover was done by George Gross, who has been featured frequently in the past and who will probably be frequently featured in the future.

Artwork of the Day: Off Limits (by George Gross)


by George Gross

This is from 1953.  As you can tell from reading the cover’s blurb, this is a novel about the “The Guys, The Dames, The Joints, The Creeps Who Surround Our Army Camps And Prey On Our Soldiers.”  On the cover, you can see one of “the dames” distracting two soldiers on a street corner.  There’s no way that those men are going to be able to win their shooting game with a woman standing ten feet away from them.

(I showed this cover to Lisa and she said, “He’s probably just surprised to see his mom in the city.”)

This cover was done by George Gross.  Gross’s work has been featured many times on this site and will probably be featured many more times in the future.

The Covers of Fight Stories


Can you guess what Fight Stories was about?

Fight Stories made its debut in 1928 and it was the first all-fiction magazine to be devoted to an entire sport.  Every issue was full of boxing stories from some of the most well-regarded of the pulp authors.  Robert E. Howard, who is best-remembered for creating Conan the Barbarian, was one of the writers who was regularly featured in Fight Stories.

Published at the height of boxing’s popularity, Fight Stories was an unqualified success and ended up running, off-and-on, until 1952.  In all, there were a 106 issues of Fight Stories.  Below are just a few of the covers of Fight Stories.  Not surprisingly, they all follow the same basic theme:

Author Unknown

Author Unknown

Author Unknown

by Earle Bergey

by Earle Bergey

by George Gross

by George Gross

by George Gross

by George Gross

The Racy Covers Of Exotic Novel Magazine


Unknown Artist

Exotic Novel Magazine, which described itself as being “America’s Dean of Titillating Fiction” was a bi-monthly digest that was published from 1949 to 1951.  Each issue featured a new novel about bad girls and the men who couldn’t resist them or good girls and the men who tried to corrupt them.  The covers often promised that the novel found within was “uncut” and “uncensored.”

Today, of course, Exotic Novel Magazine is mostly remembered for its covers, which were done by some of the best illustrators working in the pulps.  Below are a few of the exotic covers of Exotic Novel Magazine!  As always, the artist has been credited when known.

by Fred Charles Rodewald

by Fred Charles Rodewald

by Fred Charles Rodewald

by George Gross

by George Gross

by George Gross

by George Gross

by Rudy Nappi

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

The Covers of Real Western


Real Western was published from 1935 to 1960.  That’s 25 years of stories about rustlers, gunslingers, gamblers, and everything else that went on in the old west.  The covers of Real Western all featured typical western imagery, with an emphasis on guns over romance.  These were stories about manly men who did what a man had to do to keep the west wild but safe.

Below are a few of the covers of Real Western.  Where known, the artist has been credited.

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

by D.H. Moneypenny

by George Gross

by Mat Kauten

The Covers of Jungle Stories


Unknown Artist

Published by Fiction House, Jungle Stories ran from 1938 to 1950, for a total of 59 issues.  Judging from the covers below (and, of course, the title of the magazine), Jungle Stories dealt with the adventurous of life in the jungle.  It appears that several issues featured the adventures of Ki-Gor, the lord of the jungle.  I haven’t read any of them but I’m sure Ki-Gor was probably a totally original creation and had nothing in common with Tarzan.  There’s probably a world of difference between being the king of the jungle and being the lord of the jungle.

Here are a few covers from Jungle Stories.  Where known, the artist has been credited.

Unknown Artist

Unknown Artist

Unknown Artist

by George Gross

by George Gross

by George Gross

by George Gross

by George Gross

by George Gross

Unknown Artist