Apparently, the man romancing the nice young women on this cover is gay.
The Carnival Stripper’s Reward Was — Degradation!
From the back:
When a marijuana scandal makes life intolerable for young Gay Leslie in her home town, she runs off with a carnival show as ballyhoo girl. Soon, in her innocence, she succumbs to the sweet talk and gorgeous body of Apollo, the strong-man with the show. The the glamor of carnival life quickly disappears, to be replaced by sordidness and cruelty. For Apollo turns out to be a mighty lover–but also a jealous, calculating madman! He makes Gay perform as the carnival stripper, each day forcing her to sink lower into degradation. Gay cannot resist this cruel, queer love–nor his reckless exploitation of her beauty. The giant is too strong, too dangerous! But she does find a haven in the arms of another man–who struggles with Apollo to break the fetters which enslave her…”
All nine were painted by Margaret Brundage, who was the most popular of Weird Tales’ cover artists. She was known for her images depicting bondage and flagellation of women. Authors would insert unnecessary scenes depicting nude women being tortured or whipped to ensure their story got the cover of an issue.