There’s a time for everything. This is from 1956. The cover was done by Walter Popp.
This was first published in 1954. I just like the title. Who wouldn’t want to live on Shabby Street? This cover was done by Walter Popp.
With the 4th of July approaching, let’s celebrate the American city with the pulps! Ever since the early days of the pulp industry, writers and artists have excited readers with stories about the lives of those living in America’s cities. Here, curtsey of some of the best artists to have worked in the industry, is a pulp-guided tour of those cities!
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!
Something tells me this guy might not have her best interests at heart!
The Promoter was first published in 1957. Orrie Hitt was one of the most prolific writers of so-called “adult fiction” at the time. The cover was done by one of my favorite cover artists, Walter Popp.
The Marriage Rite was first published in 1953 by Intimate Novels. You can probably guess what type of books they published just by the name of their company. Five years later, the art was reused for the cover of a novel called Wild Oats, which was published by Beacon. I think The Marriage Rite is a better title than Wild Oats.
“Thou shalt not commit adultery!,” the cover reads, “But if a husband sins, should his wife follow suit?” Was that the only option available? The cover also says that this is “a novel of sham passions and triumphant love.” What are sham passions?
I like the contrast between the swooning lovers and the shocked witness, who I am assuming is the wife. Is he cheating at home or has his wife followed him to his secret love nest? His mistress has good fashion sense, combining a green skirt and a red sash with a black top.
This cover was done by Walter Popp, who is one of my favorites.
Who was Steve Harragan? He was a hardboiled private investigator who was the main character of a handful of paperback detective novels that were all published in 1952 and 1953. Though his adventures were not much different from those of any other P.I. of the pulp era, Steve Harragan has a cult following for two reasons.
First off, the author of Harragan’s adventures was also named Steve Harragan. Did the author Steve Harragan name the character after himself or was “Steve Harragan” just a pseudonym for another author or perhaps several authors? No one knows for sure, though all of Harragan’s novel were written in the first person.
Secondly, Steve Harragan the Detective only has one eye. In almost every cover, he’s featured wearing an eye patch.
Here are a few of the Steve Harragan covers. As always, the artist has been identified when known:
Thrilling Wonder Stories was a pulp magazine that was published from 1936 to 1955. It was one of several pulp magazines that had the word “thrilling” in its title. The stories were mostly science fiction and I guess they were meant to be more thrilling than all of the other science fiction that was being published at the same time. The stories were apparently thrilling enough for the magazine to run for 19 years.
Below are a few of the covers of Thrilling Wonder Stories, done by some of the best artists of the pulp era.
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!