Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Magazine Cover Comics: Desert Love

Illustrator Dan Smith contributed many covers and interior illustrations to Sunday newspaper magazines over the years, but few of them are within our scope here at Stripper's Guide. You can see some samples of those amazing covers at our post about Dan Smith's lovely Fairyland series.

Here, though, we have a series that I judged as qualifying, barely, as a quasi-strip series. Desert Love was distributed by Hearst's Newspaper Feature Service syndicate. It ran on their Sunday magazine covers from July 27 to October 12 1930.

The series, which I take it was penned by Smith himself, concerns an American girl who visits north Africa. As was de rigeur on these covers, our heroine has melodramatic romantic adventures culminating in the discovery of True Love.


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