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H. L. PARKHURST

The Magnet - 1900

H arry

Lemon Parkhurst

Everybodys - 1902

In

1896

Harry

Parkhurst

was born in July 22, 1876 in

studied at the Art Institute of

Minneapolis, MN.

Chicago.

His parents were David and

In 1898 he worked as a line

Martha Parkhurst. He was

artist designing advertising

an only child. His father was

for Chicago newspapers and

a traveling salesman

for Godey's Magazine. He

.

signed his work :

By 1893 they had moved to

"H. L. Parkhurst."

Chicago and lived at 3517 Ellis Avenue.

Mun seys - 1907

McCall's Magazine - 1916


In 1899 he moved to New

while also benefiting from

York City, where an older

any natural confusion, Harry

artist, named Henry Landon

began to sign his work

Parkhurst, happened to work

"H. L. V. Parkhurst."

at Tiffany and teach at the New York Academy of Fine

The extra "V" came from his

Art. That artist also signed

mother's

his work "H. L. Parkhurst," so

Victor.

maiden

name, Triple-X Western – May 1931

to distinguish himself from this more established artist,

Original Cover for the Complete Detective - February 1931

Complete Detective - June 1931


Detective Novel – April 1933

In 1902 he married Adelaide

where he created freelance

C.

illustrations for :

Parkhurst,

and

they

moved to Peekskill, New

Everybody's Magazine,

York. They lived with his

Harper's Bazaar,

elderly

McCall's Magazine,

parents

at

1899

Crompond Road. The artist

Munsey's Magazine,

commuted

Pearson's Magazine, and

to

his

East

Harlem art studio at 2135 Seventh

Avenue

Woman's Home Companion.

(127th

Street) in New York City,

Detective Novel – December 1933

Original Cover for the Spicy Adventure Stories – December 1934

Spicy Adventure Stories – December 1934


On September 12, 1918 he

Long Island. He commuted

reported for his WWI draft

each day on the Long Island

registration

Railroad to work as the art

recorded

and to

be

was medium

director

of

the

Frank

height, medium build, with

Seaman Advertising Agency,

gray eyes and brown hair. At

at

age 42 he was not eligible

Manhattan,

for military service.

created ads for American

He moved to 9 Third Avenue,

Tobacco, Colgate, Eastman

in Port Washington, NY, on

Kodak, and Goodyear Tires.

470

Forth Avenue in where

Novel Detective – February 1934

he

Novel Detective – April 1934

Original Cover for the Detective Novel – May 1934

Detective Novel Magazine – May 1934


Detective Novel – June 1934

In 1928 he bought a splendid

During the Great Depression

home for $35,000 at 170

the

Brixton Road in Garden City,

collapsed. He began to work

NY, on Long Island, where

for pulp magazines, which

he

wife,

depended on income from

widowed mother, and a live-

newsstand sales instead of

in house maid. He used a

advertising.

second floor room for his art

was the beginning of the

studio.

pulp

lived

with

his

advertising

Ironically,

industry's

prosperous years.

Wild West Stories – March 1934

Original pulp magazine cover illustration - 1934

market

this

most


He drew pen and ink story

Western,

illustrations

Detective, Private Detective,

Fiction

for

Fawcett,

House,

Ranger

Romantic

Publications,

and

most

Romantic

memorably

for

Harry

Stories,

Donnenfeld's

Trojan

Spicy

Hollywood

Detective, Western, Spicy

Adventure,

Detective, Spicy

Short

Spicy

Publications.

Mystery,

Western,

He painted pulp covers for

Triple-X, Wild West Stories,

Complete Detective Novel,

and West Magazine.

Easy Money, Fighting

Original Cover for Spicy Adventure Stories - February 1935

Spicy Adventure Stories – Nov. 1935


In

1937

serialized

SpicyDetective – Jully 1935

he

drew

comic

the strip,

as

some

of

the

interior

Comics.

Murder For Exercise, which

In 1942 he drew Captain

appeared regularly in Spicy

Marvel for Fawcett's Whiz

Detective.

drew

Comics. Before and after the

Dear Little Dude for Spicy

war he created both interior

Western in 1939.

and cover art for The Open

In 1940 he drew the cover

Road For Boys.

He

later

for Cyclone Comics,

Spicy Adventure Stories - February 1935


He was too old to serve in

Harry

Parkhurst

the military during WWII.

eyesight.

He

lost

became

his a

resident of the Burrwood From 1942 to 1944 He drew

Home

for

the

Blind

in

Hopalong Cassidy in Master

Huntington, NY, where he

Comics.

died at age 86 on September 17, 1962.

He was too old to serve in

Spicy Adventure Stories – April 1935

the military during WWII.

Original Cover for Adventure - 1935

Adventure - 1935


Easy Money – April 1936

Spicy Adventure Stories – December 1936

Original Cover for the Spicy Adventure Stories – April 1936

Open Road – November 1936

Spicy Adventure Stories – April 1936


Spicy Detective – July 1935


Spicy Detective – September 1936


Spicy Mystery Stories - 1936

Classic cover features a bound, nearly-nude blonde being menaced by rats and giant floating eyeballs. H. L. Parkhurst gets credit for the cover art. The featured story in this issue is "Zang the Creator" by Lew Merrill. There are many spicy interior illustrations.


Spicy Adventure Stories – March 1937

Original Cover for the Spicy Adventure Stories – November 1937

Open Road – April 1937

Spicy Adventure Stories – November 1937


Spicy Adventure Stories - March 1937


Romantic Western (first issue) - January 1938


Romantic Detective - February 1938


Original pulp magazine cover illustration for Spicy Western - December 1938


Spicy-Adventure - January 1939


For the first half of the 20th century, pulp fiction made up America's most popular form of entertainment, beyond even movies and radio. During that time, some of the nation's finest pop illustrators and painters created untold thousands of original works to adorn the covers of these everyman novels, most in virtual anonymity.

Original Cover for the Spicy Detective – April 1939

Spicy Detective – April 1939


Then, in the 1950s, television came along and finally laid the pulps to rest, bringing an end to an unappreciated art form in the process. The postmodern view of pop culture that has arisen in recent decades has shed new light on the work of the great pulp artists.

Original Cover for the Spicy Western Stories – December 1939

Spicy Western Stories – December 1939


Original pulp magazine cover illustration for Spicy Adventure Stories - July 1939


Who Draws First, Western pulp cover, circa 1930s


Land of Men Unhung, pulp cover


Original Cover for Spicy Detective – July 1940


Smith Yeates-Todd Smith and Tom Yeates Spicy Detective Illustration Original Art (undated)


Spicy Detective – July 1940


Spicy Detective Stories ( Back Cover ) - July 1935


Spicy Adventure - October 1941

Original Cover for The Monster Fringe - 1941


Original Cover for The Monster Fringe - 1941


Spicy Mystery - May 1941


Original pulp magazine cover illustration for Spicy Adventure - October 1941


Planet Stories – Winter 1944

Original Cover for Planet Stories - 1944

Planet Stories – Summer 1945

Planet Stories - 1944


Planet Stories - 1944


Planet Stories – Spring 1945


Planet Stories – Fall 1945


Planet Stories – Winter 1945


Planet Stories – Spring 1946


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