The Covers of Detective Short Stories


Throughout the 30s and the 40s, Detective Short Stories offered readers 12 stories for ten cents.  That seems like a pretty good deal to me!  Today, of course, issues of the magazine cost a lot more but they are still highly sought after by collectors for their covers.

Below is just a small, chronological sampling of the covers of Detective Short Stories!

August 1937 Artist Unknown

November 1937, by John Walter Scott

February 1938, Artist Unknown

July 1938, by John Walter Scott

January 1939, by John Walter Scott

June 1939, by John Walter Scott

September 1939, Artist Unknown

April 1941, by John Walter Scott

September 1941, Artist Unknown

October 1947, by Mat Kauten

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.

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by D.H. Moneypenny

by George Gross

by Mat Kauten