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Street & Smith Goes to War: Patriotic Pulps of July 1942

During July 1942, seven months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Magazine Publisher’s Association proposed as a sign of solidarity that all U.S. magazine covers should feature an American flag. Over 500 magazines participated, including Time, National Geographic, and American Hairdresser. Sunset’s flag flew over a green river valley. Vogue’s cover girl wore a gown billowing like the flags around her. A color guard of chicken eggs marched across the Poultry Tribune. And the entire lineup of magazines published by Street & Smith–including Astounding SF, Detective Story, Doc Savage, Love Story, The Shadow, Sport Story, Western Story, and Wild West Weekly–ran the same cover (featured below), showing the flag waving against a background of the sun rising over a church steeple in an idyllic American small town.

For more information on this event, see the Smithsonian museum’s online U.S. history exhibit, July 1942: United We Stand; you can also search (by title or keyword) a cover gallery of nearly 300 magazines that participated at Search the Covers.

Black Mask, November 1920

Romance, November 1919

Edited by Arthur S. Hoffman (who was also the editor of Adventure), the first issue of Ridgway Co.’s Romance magazine from November 1919 featured a new serial by Joseph Conrad, The Rescue. Conrad’s novel was also serialized that same year in the British weekly, Land & Water.

Daily Pulp Covers on our Facebook Group Page

Do you ever need a little snap in your morning, a little pep in your day? Well, we can supply that with our daily pulp cover images over at our Facebook Group page.
We at the Pulp Magazines Project add cover images every weekday, drawing from all the decades and genres of the pulp magazine. When possible we’ll also give you informative tidbits on the magazines, artists, authors, and publishers — as well as give you notices of when the PMP and this blog are updated. Wander over to FB and join our group. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll get…

PMP at MSA and daily pulp cover

Daily Pulp Image, Argosy March 28, 1931. Cover painting by Paul Stahr

The Pulp Magazine Project (Pulpmags) is attending the 13th Modernist Studies Association in Buffalo. But that doesn’t mean that we are not tirelessly scouring the city for more magazines: Twenty minutes after checking into the hotel, we stumbled upon a box of 1930s Argosy Magazines at Old Editions Bookstore on Huron. Argosy is the most common, and most inexpensive pulp magazine. These were a little pricey ($15 or two for $25 — you can usually find Argosy in the $5-10 range if there aren’t any big names in that issue), but the addiction kicked in and your PMP representative grabbed some.

IF you happen to be at MSA 13, you can see David M. Earle present on True Confession Magazines and the Post-Mencken Smart Set on the “Modernist Manuals” panel, Friday at 10:30, and Patrick Scott Belk will be participating in the seminar on “Modernism and Seriality” today at 3:00.

All-Story Weekly, June 5 1919


Your Daily Pulp Cover—All-Story Weekly, June 5 1919; featuring J.U. Giesy’s The Mouthpiece of Zitu—brought to you by http://www.pulpmags.org.


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Detective Classics (June 1930)


Detective Classics (June 1930), featuring a complete book-length detective novel, The Mark of the Rat, by Arnold Fredericks.


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