Podcast #26: The Strange Case of “Party’s Girl’s” Cover Art

In this week’s Rocketeer podcast I’m doing some historical detective work involving the dust jacket for a novel called, “Party Girl: A Love Story” by Vivian Grey. This is one of the historical romance novels in my collection. This cover is very strange-looking compared to other titles put out by the same publisher. Why is that? I’m taking you along with me on my research journey this week as I try to discover The Mystery of the Weird Book Cover. The entire list of “slides” that go with this post…

Cole Phillips’ “Fadeaway Girl”: Now you see her, now you don’t


The image you see above is one on Cole Phillips’ “Fadeaway Girls”. This fascinating art technique was first used in the early decades of the 20th century and is still used as a gimmick more than 100 years later. In this week’s Rocketeer I’m highlighting Phillips’ famous technique with some snazzy examples. Join me on Substack to take a look.

Artists of The Spider!

Artists of The Spider

Pulpfest has asked me to make a few videos highlighting various pulp artists. My first one, “Artists of The Spider” is now up on YouTube. In this case, we’re talking about four pulp artists: John Newton Howitt (1885-1958), Rafael DeSoto (1904-1992),  Walter Baumhofer (1904-1987) and John Fleming Gould (1906-1996). You can watch the video here. Here are some of The Spider covers highlighted in the video:


Silverblade cover iss 1

Once, a very long time ago in the 1980’s, DC put out a comic “maxi” series called, “Silverblade”. It was written by Cary Bates and the art was done by Gene Colan. The hero was Jonathon Lord, an aging movie star. One day, bitter, washed-up Lord makes a wish that is answered by an uncanny entity in the shape of the Maltese Falcon. The entity gives Lord the ability to transform into any role he ever played on the silver screen, the most notable being the swashbuckler, Silverblade. Of course,…


Pen and ink V Finlay copy SLW

by Sara Light-Waller Pulp novels are great and adding illustrations makes them even better. Copying masterful artists is an old tradition that helps support and develop an artist’s skills. I’ve been a pen and ink artist for more than thirty years. I also enjoy scratchboard, but use it more rarely. I’ve copied many artist’s works, including notable pen & ink artists — Henry Justice Ford (1860-1940), Howard Pyle (1853-1911), and William Heath Robinson (1872 – 1944). By copying ink drawings line by line, you can learn a great deal about…