The Best Of The Worst
Hugh Joseph Ward’s art.
What is your reference for attributing this cover to Ward? It is not listed in David Saunders’ H.J. Ward Pulp Checklist. I can make out a “D” in the lower right corner but the rest is too fuzzy to read. The woman’s face is not a typical “Ward face” (often that of his wife).
A careful observation of shadows, fingers, the man’s hat and collar, etc. all point towards a Ward’s cover, even if he had died several months earlier. The woman’s face may look unusually different from what Ward was used to paint but he may have given his wife a break for once or twice, like here for exemple :
However, his signature in the lower right corner can be seen on another copy (Pinterest).
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