Art Profile: The Covers of Black Mask


By Norman Saunders

By Norman Saunders

From its first issue in 1920 until it ceased publication in 1951, Black Mask was one of America’s premier pulp magazines.  Though it was best known for its crime stories (including the work of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler), it also published westerns, romance, horror, and adventure stories.  Black Mask was also remembered for its colorful and frequently lurid covers.

Below are just a few Black Mask covers.

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By Gloria Stoll Karn

By Gloria Stoll Karn

By Gloria Stoll Karn

By Gloria Stoll Karn

By Harry Barton

By Harry Barton

By Norman Saunders

By Norman Saunders

By Norman Saunders

By Norman Saunders

By Norman Saunders

By Norman Saunders

By Rafael De Sota

By Rafael De Sot0

By Rafael De Soto

By Rafael De Soto

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By William Grotz

By William Grotz

By Rafael De Soto

By Rafael De Soto

Art Profile: Ten Detective Aces


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Of the many pulp magazines that were published in the 1930s, Ten Detective Aces was one of the most popular.  First started in 1930 as The Dragnet Magazine and focusing on gangsters, the title was changed, after three issues, to Detective-Dragnet.  In 1933, the magazine abandoned the gangster genre, focused on detective stories, and changed its title one last time to Ten Detective Aces.  Ten Detective Aces ran for 16 years, ceasing publication in 1949.

The covers of Ten Detective Aces were sometimes surreal and always exciting.  Take a look at a few of them below:

August 1949

By John Hilkert

By John Hilkert

By Norman Saunders

By Norman Saunders

By Norman Saunders

By Norman Saunders

By Norman Saunders

By Norman Saunders

By Norman Saunders

By Norman Saunders

By Norman Saunders

By Norman Saunders

By Norman Saunders

By Norman Saunders

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By Rafael DeSoto

By Rafael DeSoto

By Rafael DeSoto

By Rafael DeSoto

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