Sunday, October 11, 2020

Detective Tales, December 1940

I don't know who the artist is, but this cover is dynamic and eye-catching, so I guess it did it's job. There are some excellent authors in this issue of DETECTIVE TALES, including Wyatt Blassingame (twice, as himself and as Willliam B. Rainey) and Philip Ketchum, as well as some lesser-knowns such as Dane Gregory, Don James, and Edward S. Williams. I'd never heard of Tiah Devitt before and was surprised that she would get such a prominent cover mention. Turns out she was an actress who appeared once on Broadway and wrote a couple of dozen stories for assorted pulps and slicks from the Thirties to the Fifties.


Walker Martin said...

The artist is Raphael Desoto. Around 1940 he did a series of covers for Detective Tales and other magazines published by Popular Publications, showing girls in unusual positions. Hanging upside down or about to be thrown like in this cover. Very eye catching.

James Reasoner said...

Thanks, Walker!