Double Your Pulp Pleasure With The Covers Of Two Complete Detective Books!


Running from 1939 to 1953, Two Complete Detective Books promised its readers a “$4.00 value for 25 cents!”  Each issue would feature two complete novels and each issue would also have two cover illustrations, the better to entice readers who wanted to read the best pulp fiction without having to pay full price.

There were 76 issues of Two Complete Detective Books.  The covers below were all done by George Gross:

The covers below have not been officially credited to George Gross but they all look like his work to me.  Officially, these covers were done by an “unknown artist” but I’m about 99% sure that they were probably done by Gross as well:

The Covers of North-West Romances


Artist Unknown

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:

by Norman Saunders

by George Gross

by Allen Gustav Anderson

by George Gross

Unknown Artist

by Norman Saunders

by Allen Gustav Anderson

by Norman Saunders

by Allen Gustav Anderson

Unknown Artist