PULP IMAGES OF THE DAY!
This section is dedicated to great pulp covers whether classic or current.
Today we showcase a few covers of that 1930s creation, The Spider!
While I really enjoy Novell Page’s SPIDER writing (Norvell Page being the primary writer of the Spider), the covers tend to be variations on a theme.
There are more than a few Spider covers that are not the most imaginative and art-wise come off a bit as a poor man’s Shadow, which is something of the truth, the Spider being created to ride the popularity of the Shadow.
Fortunately for the series Norvell Page didn’t write an imitation, his Spider was its own animal, and his stories are arguably more excitingly written and entertaining than the Shadow novels. So any generic, uninspired covers could generally be forgiven when the stories were as bat-addled insane and gripping as Norvell Page could make them.
Though to be fair, compared to the covers that pulp writers of today use, even the most boring SPIDER cover is a masterpiece.
Here for your viewing pleasure are a few examples of the best of those SPIDER pulp covers:
And if you like that, for more on The Spider go here:
The Spider: City of Doom (Spider (Baen Books))
The Spider VS. The Empire State: The Complete Black Police Trilogy
When the Death-Bat Flies: The Detective Stories of Norvell Page