Monday, March 17, 2008

Take my wife---please

These are two of the many, many excellent pulp magazine covers painted by Walter Baumhaufer during the 1930s. Take note of how both covers use blank, single color backgrounds, allowing your eye to focus more fully on the action in the foreground.

Take a look also at the girl on each cover. It's the same gal--just with different color hair. This was actually Baumhofer's wife, who often acting as a model for him. Hardly a month went by during the 1930s without poor Mrs. Baumhofer being once more placed in deadly peril.

I've often wondered if he placed her in heroic situations when he was happy with her--but if she was nagging him about not doing the dishes, he'd portray her about to get gunned down by a gangster.

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