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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Similar Covers

Above is the July 1939 issue of Black Book Detective, featuring The Black Bat. Below is the Fall 1941 issue of Exciting Western. See the similarities in the cover? Pulp cover artists probably made twenty-five dollars for a cover, so hiring models for each cover might not be feasible. Why not just a few changes in a previous painting? Thanks to Matt Moring of Altus Press for the heads up on these two covers. Both covers are from Ned Pines' Thrilling line.


  1. Hey Tom:
    That's amazing how one genre cover turned into a cover for another genre. Thanx for posting it and...Have a Great Day!!!
    John (aka, The "Creature")

  2. Hi John, yeah artists were as underpaid as writers in the pulps. It's not surprising to see a reused painting. There was a Planet Stories painting reused as a western cover too. It shows how easily aliens can turn into Indians, and space gals into cowgirls (g).