The Best Of The Worst
You will notice that David Saunders says on the Pulp Covers dot com web site of Jes Schlaikjer:
“He painted covers for pulp magazines, such as Adventure, Everybody’s, Frontier Stories, West, as well as a memorable series of cover paintings for Black Mask. Most of this work for the pulps was signed with a distinctive splat, which is in fact cleverly composed of the initials JWS with a scribbled date. This illegible signature may have been designed to intentionally disguise his work for the pulps without jeopardizing his career in the more distinguished slick magazines.”
The above cover contains the splat, to the right of the word: DARK. So, this cover bears the artist’s signature.
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