Action Stories was published from 1921 to 1950. It specialized in action-packed stories about men doing manly things and women who knew how to handle a rifle. Despite the dinosaur featured in the cover above, Action Stories was known for usually turning down horror and fantasy-themed stories and instead specializing in westerns, war stories, and sports fiction. Among the writers that were published by Action Stories: Robert E. Howard, Walt Coburn, Morgan Robertson, Horace McCoy, Theodore Roscoe, Greye La Spina, Anthony M. Rud, Thomas Thursday and Les Savage, Jr.
Below are a sampling of adventurous covers from Action Stories!
From the 1950s through the early 70s, Man’s Life was “the action magazine for men.” Or, at least, that’s what it claimed on the covers. Judging from these covers, a man’s life back in the 20th century consisted of 1) fighting wild animals, 2) getting attacked by woman who had forgotten to button up their shirts, and 3) standing up for truth, justice, and the American way.
Here are a few of the extremely manly covers of Man’s Life. Be sure to check out the headlines too because some of them are certainly interesting. Any comments from any men as to whether or not these covers present an accurate representation would be greatly appreciated. As always, the artist has been credited where known!
From 1935 to 1939, Saucy Movie Tales kept readers apprised of the glamour and danger of Hollywood. This pulp magazine, which is eagerly sought after by collectors, told the stories of naive starlets who made their way to California and learned that the film industry was a place where dreams came true but sometimes, those dreams were nightmares.
The covers of Saucy Movie Tales were considered to be racy even by the standards of the pulps. Below are just a few of them.
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:
New Detective was a pulp magazine that promised its readers “the NEWest” crime fiction available. It started publication in 1941 and it ran until 1953, when it was merged with another magazine and its title was changed first to Fifteen Detective Stories and then to True Adventure. Under the True Adventure name, it ran until 1970.
The fiction of New Detective may have been “new” but it dealt with same subjects as most pulp crime magazines; stories about detectives, guns, and dangerous women. Among the writers published in New Detective were John D. MacDonald, who would later find fame and critical acclaim for his Travis McGee novels.
There were over seventy issues of New Detective. Below are just a few of the more memorable ones: