To celebrate TRUE GRIT's ten Oscar nominations this week, here are a gallery of pulp covers that display what "True Grit" means to me. To me, it's a combination of characteristics such as courage, honesty, a pioneer spirit, and the ability to stand up to the toughest of tests. Even though a western hero might be flawed (such as Rooster Cogburn), there is still an innate sense of the importance of doing the right thing. So these covers depict those characteristics for me. And, of course, women of the frontier had plenty of grit themselves, and so they are represented in some of these covers as well.
So what does "True Grit" mean to you? Is it something different than how I picture it?
WEST, September 10, 1927
FRONTIER STORIES, September 1927
ADVENTURE, June 1934
WESTERN STORY, August 26, 1939
WESTERN STORY, May 16, 1936
RANCH ROMANCES, August No. 2, 1931
WESTERN STORY, January 12, 1929
WILD WEST WEEKLY, May 12, 1934
PETE RICE, May, 1934
LARIAT, June 1934
COWBOY STORIES, March 1935
BIG BOOK WESTERN, April 1941
WILD WEST WEEKLY, June 9, 1934
RANCH ROMANCES, August 1954
WESTERN STORY, December 27, 1941
BIG BOOK WESTERN, March-April 1937
WILD WEST WEEKLY, May 7, 1938
WILD WEST WEEKLY, March 17, 1934
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