Smashing Detective Stories was a pulp detective magazine that ran from 1951 to 1956. It featured the the usual crime-smashing stories of detectives and criminals but what was really smashing about Smashing Detective Stories were the covers. The covers were about as pulpy as you can get!
Below is a sampling of the covers of Smashing Detective Stories. For all but one of them, the artist is unknown. The cover for the September, 1954 issue has been attributed to Norman Saunders and it would not surprise me if he was responsible for at least some of the others as well.
In the far future, with Earth under constant threat from extraterrestrial invasion, it was up to Captain Crockett to fight invaders from outer space!
That was the idea behind Space Busters, a pulp comic/magazine that was briefly published in 1952. Each issue featured the adventures of Captain Crockett, along with some other sci-fi tales that were not related to the captain and some non-fiction science articles. Unfortunately, it appears that there were only two issues of Space Busters. The first issue was dated March of 1952 and the second was dated August of 1952. Readers decided not to follow the adventures of Captain Crockett, despite his hard work protecting the planet.
Today, both issues are eagerly sought by collectors, due to the fantastic covers that were done by Allen Anderson and Norman Saunders. Captain Crockett may be gone but his legacy lives on.
Weird Thrillers was one of the many horror comics to be published in the early 50s. Though there were only five issues and the content was largely made up of true crime stories and sci-fi stories instead of straight horror, Weird Thrillers is still remembered for its awesome covers.
Here are the five covers for Weird Thrillers. The first four issues were published in 1951. The fifth and apparently final issue was published in 1952.
Variety Detective only lasted for eight issues but the covers, all of which were done by Norman Saunders, have made it a favorite of collectors. Here are the eight covers of Variety Detective. I apologize in advance for the poor quality of the second image. It’s the best that I could get. I think the other covers make up for it.
All of the covers below are credited to Norman Saunders.
Featuring stories of detectives, murder, femme fatales, and tough guys, Thrilling Detective thrilled readers during the pulp era of the 30s, 40s, and 50s. Today, the magazine remains highly sought after by collectors. Every cover promised sex or violence or both. Below are just a few of the thrilling covers of Thrilling Detective!