Saturday, March 08, 2014

Saturday Morning Western Pulp: Western Story, January 7, 1939

I like these offbeat covers that show up from time to time on WESTERN STORY. I don't know who painted this one. It's signed, but I can't make out the name. Inside we have a couple of big names in Luke Short and Tom Roan, along with lesser-known authors Jay Lucas, Crawford Sullivan, and Howard J. Perry. Plus a poem by S. Omar Barker. Probably an entertaining issue.


Walker Martin said...

I took a look at my copy and the signature is that of H.W. Scott who was doing alot of covers for WESTERN STORY during this period.

I'm glad you mentioned the poem by S. Omar Barker. He did some excellent work and the one in this issue is one of his best. The illustration by the great Nick Eggenhofer shows 7 cowboys in the bunkhouse gathered around the potbellied stove. They are making resolutions for the New Year.

Some of the resolutions are as follows:

"To limit one day's drinkin' to a full an' legal quart."

One cowboy promises to stop punching the cook. Instead he'll use a club.

Pop, at age 64, promises to try and stop kissing the girls.

One guy they called "The Gravel Kid" was always getting throwed by his horse, so he promises to learn how to fall.

You know James, there is something wrong with a world that doesn't publish such fiction magazines anymore.

Jerry House said...

Have to agree with Walker's last point.

James Reasoner said...

I wouldn't have recognized the painting as Scott's work, Walker, but you're right about the signature.