Procrastination is a terrible thing. Well, at least it is for me. Right now I'm feeling overwhelmed by an avalanche of work, so I've decided to avoid all of it by creating yet another post featuring WILD WEST WEEKLY covers. But on the other hand, all of you benefit from this. I feel much better knowing that.
Here are my favorite WILD WEST WEEKLY covers. Some are for sentimental reasons, others just because I like the covers. Some of these you've seen on Wild West before, but others you haven't.
March 10, 1928. Only because it's the earliest cover I have, and I love the purple. No artist is credited, but I'm almost certain it's a Remington Schuyler.
December 7, 1929. This cover ended up being the cover on the KID WOLF OF TEXAS: A WESTERN STORY book. Artist: Remington Schuyler
May 17, 1930. One of my favorite Remington Schuyler covers.
August 8, 1931. I just love the horses. Artist: J. Rozen.
January 23, 1932. This has got to be my favorite Kid Wolf cover. There's not a whole lot going on, but Blizzard is so majestic and this looks to me like the real Kid Wolf. When I give presentations, this is one of the first covers I show in the Power Point presentation, and it always takes your breath away. Artist: H.W. Scott.
June 9, 1934. Hands down my favorite Sonny Tabor cover. Artist: none other than Walter Baumhofer. No wonder I like it.
May 29, 1937. Because it has my grandfather's real name on the cover, not a pseudonym. It's an exciting cover, very pulpy and very well done. Artist: H.W. Scott
November 12, 1938. 1938 and 1939 were bumper crops of really good covers, thanks to the likes of Norman Saunders and H.W. Scott. This one by Saunders is a dandy, and as some of you know by now, the original painting is part of Meatloaf's collection. He's got good taste.
December 10, 1938. Another Norman Saunders masterpiece. This one gets more compliments than any other cover when I post it.
December 24, 1938. The Christmas cover from that year, I bet this issue was very hard to resist on the newsstand. Artist: H.W. Scott
March 18, 1939. This is the only WILD WEST WEEKLY cover in PULP CULTURE, Frank Robinson's and Lawrence Davidson's award-winning book that's a tribute to the great pulp covers. Artist: H. W. Scott
June 15, 1940. Artistically, I like this one because it portrays a realistic cowboy, someone who could have been in a 1950s or 1960s television show. Sentimentally, I like it because it has a story by Grandpa's pal Chuck Martin featured on the cover. Artist: Robert Stanley
December 7, 1940. A mature Sonny Tabor and a exciting portrayal of Paint, and I love the lettering. Wild West Weekly all grown up. Artist: Leslie Ross.
January 24 1942. From 1941 to 1943, the pickings get pretty slim when it comes to quality covers. Many covers were reprints from earlier years. On this one, I'll admit the art work is pretty terrible, but it features one of my grandfather's lesser-known heroes: The Fightin Three of the Rockin T. Artist: uncredited.
November 1943. This one is picked for bittersweet reasons. Two of my grandfathers stories are featured in this issue, but it's also the last issue. Artist is uncredited on the Table of Contents page, but the signature reads "H. Parkhurst."
All right, I guess I can't avoid the work anymore. But wait! There's this really important television special on tonight about Louisa May Alcott. Did you know that she was a pulp writer too? Required viewing, I think.