SCHNAPP, DONENFELD and the PULPS Part 4

In late 1942 Harry Donenfeld and his partners (Jack Liebowitz and others) discontinued the Culture Publications imprint, and relabeling the “Spicy” line of pulps under a new imprint, Speed Publishing. Initially these carried the same logos with the word SPEED replacing SPICY. The covers showed considerably less skin, and were generally toned down, which pleased […]

SCHNAPP, DONENFELD and the PULPS Part 3

As I mentioned last time, Harry Donenfeld and his partners (Jack Liebowitz and others) launched a new pulp magazine imprint in 1937 called Trojan Publishing. The intent was to tone down the sexual themes (which the authorities were castigating in obscenity trials), but the second title, PRIVATE DETECTIVE STORIES, doesn’t seem to have gone very […]

SCHNAPP, DONENFELD and the PULPS Part 2

In 1933 Harry Donenfeld was making plans to expand his sexy pulp magazine empire, and this man, artist Adolphe Barreaux, was drawn into those plans. In a biographical article you can find HERE, writer David Saunders describes what happened: In July 1933 Adolph Barreaux became involved with Harry Donenfeld and Merle Williams Hersey in an […]

SCHNAPP, DONENFELD and the PULPS Part 1

This series of blog posts has two main goals. First, to outline and show cover examples of the pulp magazines published by Harry Donenfeld and his associates from the late 1920s to 1950. Donenfeld is better known as the publisher (with Jack Liebowitz) of National Comics Publications beginning around 1938, the home of Superman and […]

IRA SCHNAPP – LETTERER

Millions of comics fans knew and loved his work. For almost three decades he toiled anonymously for his employer, DC Comics, designing dozens of cover logos, lettering hundreds of covers and house ads as well as thousands of story pages, yet readers didn’t know his name or anything about him. Ira Schnapp received only two […]