Cover for 15 Story Detective Pulp - October, 1950
This striking and tense dramatic painting by Norman Saunders was created as cover art for the the October, 1950 issue of the pulp magazine 15 Story Detective; a Popular Publications title. The scene is a classic example of menace art - a heroic uniformed pretty blonde WAC soldier attempts to disarm a poison wielding femme fatale in an airplane hangar, unaware that the redheaded bad girl is in cahoots with a villainous wrench swinging mechanic. The image loosely illustrates the interior story "Horse Of Another Killer" by Robert Turner. The work is unsigned but a known example by the important and prolific American illustrator Norman Saunders. Painting has been handsomely framed under glass in a presentation that includes a complete published copy of the pulp magazine.