Let’s Go Country With The Pulps


With the Fourth of July just a few days away, let’s celebrate the American countryside with the pulps!  From the early days of the pulps, life in rural America has been a favorite subject.  Here are a few portrayals of that life, courtesy of some of the best artists and illustrators to work in the pulp industry!

by James Meese

by Barye Phillips

by Emmett Watson

by George Gross

by Hans Helweg

by James Avati

by James Avati

by Julian Paul

by Paul Rader

by Rafael DeSoto

by Raymond Johnson

by Robert Bonfils

by Robert Bonfils

by Robert Maguire

by Robert McGinnis

by Rudy Nappi

by Sam Cherry

by Samson Pollen

by Saul Levine

by Stanley Zuckerberg

by Victor Kalin

by Walter Popp

Artwork of the Day: Female Convict (by Saul Levine)


by Saul Levine

“The inside story of a women’s prison!”

Female Convict was a popular book that was reissued several times.  With each reissue, it got a new cover.  This cover is from 1952 and I think it’s from the book’s first edition but I could be wrong.  I have to admit that I started laughing as soon as I saw this cover, just because it featured so many typical pulp tropes.  Between the tough trustee smoking a cigarette to the prisoner absent-mindedly fixing her stockings in the background, this cover is pretty much a master class in pulp imagery.  Would you even be allowed to wear stockings in prison?  The other reasons I laughed was just because of all the disgusted facial expressions.  These ladies really don’t want to be in prison.

This cover was done by Saul Levine.  Future covers would be by R.A. Osborne, Robert Maguire, and others.

It’s Love, Part 3


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today is the day that people across the world celebrate love and…

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What?  How can anyone be afraid of love?

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Sure, we all do.  But they’re not that bad!  Maybe looking at these vintage romance covers will help.

By Stanley Zuckerberg

By Stanley Zuckerberg

By Harry Schaare

By Harry Schaare

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

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Unknown Artist

By George Gregg

By George Gregg

How are you feeling now?

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Maybe these will help:

By Saul Levine

By Saul Levine

Unknown Artist

Unknown Artist

By Harold W. McCauley

By Harold W. McCauley

Unknown Artist

Unknown Artist

By Robert Bonfils

By Robert Bonfils

Unknown Artist

Unknown Artist

How about now?

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Maybe this one will help.

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I think that one might actually be a fake cover but still.

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I’m glad that worked!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Artist Profile: Saul Levine (1915 — ????)


I couldn’t find much autobiographical information on the artist Saul Levine.  He was born in New York in the 1915 and he studied at the Corcoran School of Art and Design and graduated from Yale’s School of Fine Arts.  It appears that he began his career in the late 30s, doing paintings of everyday life during the Great Depression.  He painted murals for two post offices in Massachusetts and his paintings were exhibited in the Whitney, the Carnegie, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts.  In the 1950s, he painted a handful of paperback covers.  Searching the web, I found a death notice for a Saul Levine who was born in 1915 and died in 2010.  However, I don’t know if that notice was for the same Saul Levine.

Below are a few of his paperback covers, followed by some of his paintings:

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