Monday, September 5, 2016


Simpler is better most of the time with pulp covers. Street & Smith seems to have gone through cycles of cover design. Like 1939, 1931 was a period of relatively minimal cover copy, with paintings that might well tell their own stories independently of any story inside. This is a nice example from 1931. Robert J. Horton is the star author, but also inside are Max Brand, continuing his serial Golden Lightning, and Jackson Gregory, wrapping up The Silver Star. An editor might have been tempted to throw "bronze" into one of the other stories, but if so the temptation was resisted. Hugh F. Grinstead, Joseph F. Hook, Ray Humphreys and Howard J. Perry are the other fiction contributors. And it looks like that cowboy has a winning hand one way or the other.

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