Let’s Go To The Cities With The Pulps!


by Glen Orbik

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!

by Al Rossi

by Barye Phillips

by Barye Phillips

by C.C. Beall

by James Avati

by James Meese

by Lou Marchetti

by Mitchell Hooks

by Owen Kampen

by Rafael DeSoto

by Raymond Johnson

by Robert Maguire

by Robert Schulz

by Robert Stanley

by Rudy Nappi

by Rudy Nappi

by Rudy Nappi

by Stanley Meltzoff

by Victor Olson

by Walter Popp

by William George

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: The Marriage Rite (by Walter Popp)


by 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.

The Adventures of Steve Harragan and His Eye Patch


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:

Author Unknown

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by Bernard Safran

by Walter Popp

Author unknown. I’m not sure which one of these men is meant to be Harragan but you’ll notice that the eyepatch got left out of this cover.

The Thrilling Covers of Thrilling Wonder Stories


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.

by Earle Bergey

by Earle Bergey

by Earle Bergey

by Earle Bergey

by Earle Bergey

by Gabriel Mayorga

by Hans Wessolowski

by Harold V. Brown

by Harold V. Brown

by Harold V. Brown

by Harold V. Brown

by Rudolph Belarski

by Walter Popp

The Ultra Manly Covers of Man’s Life


Unknown Artist

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!

Artist Unknown

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by Norman Saunders

by Walter Popp

by Wil Hulsey

by Wil Hulsey

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