Artwork of the Day: 10-Story Detective Magazine (by Norman Saunders)


by Norman Saunders

That is probably the worst possible way to try to deliver someone a gun. By the time the gun does arrive at the D.A.’s office, there’s going to be so many tags and fingerprints on it that it’s going to be worthless as evidence.

This issues from 1949. The cover was done by the prolific illustrator, Norman Saunders.

The Covers of Lariat


July 1948 by Allen Gustav Anderson

Running from 1925 to 1951, Lariat was one of the many western magazines of the pulp era. At the time, it published stories and novellas about the men and the women who conquered the old west. Today, issues are sought by collectors who appreciate the magazine’s tough, colorful, and often violent covers. Some of the best artists of the pulp era did covers for Lariat.

Below is just a sampling of the covers of Lariat. Where known, the artists have been credited:

November 1943 by Allen Gustav Anderson
March 1945, Artist Unknown
May, 1945, Artist Unknown
November, 1945 by George Gross
March, 1947 by Allen Gustav Anderson
November, 1947 by Noman Saunders
January, 1948, by Norman Saunders
March, 1948 by Allen Gustav Anderson
September, 1948 by Allen Gustav Anderson
May, 1949 by Norman Saunders
March 1950, by Allen Gustav Anderson

Come Fly With Us! The Flight Attendants Of The Pulp Era


Artist Unknown

While recently looking through some old pulp covers, I couldn’t help but notice a recurring theme.

Flight attendants!

During the pulp era, flight attendants were apparently a popular subject.  Whether they were thwarting hijackings or trying to land the perfect pilot husband, flight attendants lived dramatic, exciting, and sexy lives!  It was enough to make me wonder if maybe I made a mistake when I decided that I didn’t want to go to grow up and be a flight attendant.  (I was ten so what did I know?)

Here’s just a sampling of pulp covers featuring flight attendants dealing with everything from hijackers to more earthbound pursuits.  Where known the artist has been credited.

by James Meese

by Victor Kalin

Artist Unknown

by Ernest “Darcy” Chiraka

by Norman Saunders

by Norman Saunders

by Rafael DeSoto

by Robert Abbett

by Robert Maguire

Unknown Artist

Unknown Artist

by Arthur Brushnib

Enjoy your flight!

The Adventurous Covers of Action Stories


Artist Unknown

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!

by Allen Gustav Anderson

by Allen Gustav Anderson

by Allen Gustav Anderson

by Allen Gustav Anderson

by Emery Clarke

by H.C. Murphy

by Harry Lemon Parkhurst

by Norman Saunders

Unknown Artist

Unknown Artist

The Ultra Manly Covers of Man’s Life


Unknown Artist

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!

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

by Norman Saunders

by Walter Popp

by Wil Hulsey

by Wil Hulsey

Unknown Artist

The Covers of Saucy Movie Tales


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.

by George Quintana

by Norman Saunders

by Norman Saunders

by Norman Saunders

by Norman Saunders

by Norman Saunders

by Norman Saunders

by Norman Saunders

by Raymond Albert Burley

Unknown Artist