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This Issue's Cover

This issue's cover, which marks our 19th anniversary, comes from a classic painting by pulp legend Norman Saunders that he did for a 1938 issue of Ten Story Detective.

Of course I've "re-purposed" it, dropping in a faux piece of sheet music into the lady's hands, although I hope this in no way represents Kim Cooper's dealing with the Chandler Estate in her efforts to obtaining the performance rights for Chandler's long lost operetta, written a century ago, and only recently come to light.

You can read all about that discovery here.

Also along for the ride: my own peek at Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer , an early attempt to tame Spillane's blood-and-thunder private eye for television, and over in the Review area of our Non-Fiction section, our pal Ron Desopurdis offers a double-fisted look at two new and promising eyes.

Got pulp?

Our good buddy, J. Kingston Pierce, he of January Magazine and Rap Sheet fame, reveals himself to be a crime cover geek of the first degree in Killer Covers, this don't-miss blog. He offers a cover-of-the-week feature, discusses both legendary and hot new artists and illustrators and keeps an eye on the good, the bad and the ugly.

And then, if that isn't enough, do check out Illustration Magazine. Talk about eye candy. This allegedly scholarly magazine devoted to the history of American illustration art is just too delicious to leave to the eggheads. It's published quarterly in full color and each issue features some of the highest quality printing, photography and color reproductions of original art you'll see anywhere. Highly recommended for any gazebo out there with a jones for pop culture and commercial art, but readers here will particularly dig the regular features that pop up on the artists and illustrators who worked on comic books, paperbacks and the pulps. Fun? YES! But collectors will love it too.

Finally, be sure to check out our very own "Dare to Judge This Book: Great Pulp and Paperback Cover Artist."

By the way, if you 've enjoyed our covers over the years, But if this is your sort of thing, have patience. We are planning to eventually have a sort of gallery of previous covers, reproducing the full-size covers. I'll save some brimstone for you. In the meantime, you can take a gander at the collage of covers we used for our tenth anniversary issue right here.

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