Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My Favorite Christmas Covers: BLUE BOOK, December 1944

Day two of our Christmas series, and a real gem today. BLUE BOOK was noted for its strong support of the troops with its covers during World War II, and I think this one is one of the best. It also is a great one to use today to celebrate that our troops in Iraq are COMING HOME and will be able to celebrate the holidays with their families this year.

BLUE BOOK, December 1944

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Charles Gramlich said...

That one is really nice.

Barry Traylor said...

Nice cover Laurie. Those WW II era issues had some pretty decent stories in them also.

Walker Martin said...

I looked at my copy and the cover is by the famous BLUE BOOK artist, Herbert Morton Stoops.

You can't tell by this cover image but BLUE BOOK had the policy of using wrap around covers. In other words, the front cover scene continued onto the back cover. In this case, the back cover shows more soldiers and children singing and also a soldier praying while holding a small cross in his hands.

The wrap around cover is even more effective than the usual pulp cover because during this period BLUE BOOK was in the larger bedsheet size of 81/2 by 11 inches.

A 40 page history of BLUE BOOK by Mike Ashley is in PULP VAULT 14, which has been called the greatest single issue of a pulp fanzine. It's available on amazon.com and I highly recommend it.

Duane Spurlock said...

Stoops was absolutely great. Very nice, atmospheric cover painting.