The Covers of North-West Romances


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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:

by Norman Saunders

by George Gross

by Allen Gustav Anderson

by George Gross

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by Norman Saunders

by Allen Gustav Anderson

by Norman Saunders

by Allen Gustav Anderson

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The Covers of New Detective


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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:

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by Norman Saunders

by Norman Saunders

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by Rafael De Soto

by Rafael De Soto

The Skeletal Covers Of The Pulp Era


Skeleton and skulls are naturally creepy, especially when they’re still moving and talking!  Skulls and bones were a mainstay on the covers of pulp and especially horror related magazines.  For this Halloween, take a trip back into the bony past with a few skeletal covers from the pulp era!

by Norman Saunders

by Rafael De Soto

by Robert Gibson Jones

by Robert Stanley

by Rudolph Belarski

The Salacious Covers of Inside Detective


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For over 60 years, Inside Detective Magazine provided the readers with the salacious details of true life crime.  Every story was advertised as being true and many were said to come straight from police files.  From the 1930s until it ceased publication in the 90s, Inside Detective was one of the most popular true detective magazines.  The publishers understood that nothing sells like sex and violence and the covers of Inside Detective promised both.  Below, we have a few of them:

by Albert Fisher

by Albert Fisher

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by David Berger

by Harwood Forgsen

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by Norman Saunders

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by Peter Driben

by Peter Driben

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