Sunday 16 March 2014
The Detective Tales cover for March
Detective Tales. This time from March 1943. The selection is getting more and more difficult, both in 2012 and 2013 I took very melodramatic covers, with the frame completely filled with characters and full of action. This cover could almost belong to the whodunit genre as well as the hardboiled one. You have the investigator/hero, a squared jaw atheltic man, holding a... magnifying glass, the tool of sleuths from detection fiction, holding a piece of cloth that is being clutched by a dead man's hand (a hand turning to green for sinister effects, I might add). The piece of red cloth belong to the sleeve of a woman's dress, who is now, of course, holding a gun by the hero's head. I wonder how the hero will get out of this situation, with a magnifying glass as his apparent sole weapon. I am dying to read this tale, like many other from this pulp magazine.