1942 mask

Looking ahead to the possibility that gas masks may some day be a necessary part of their ensemble, these University of Detroit students were trying out masks in a practice drill on the campus on June 23, 1942. Hidden behind the masks, which they soon learned to wear with a minimum of discomfort, are, from left: Mary Turner, Helen Williams, Evelyn Buss and Joan Joliet. FS/AP



I don’t know who painted this cover. And it’s killing me.

Typically, the Canadian edition of a classic pulp magazine will be more or less the same as it’s american counterpart, cover date may be different, and the adds and back cover may point you to different brands of cigarettes and laxatives, but the stories and art, generally, are intact.

But not always.

The cover painting for this, the May 1942 Canadian edition of Black Mask magazine (contents of the december 1941 American issue), does not share it’s original’s cover. And here’s the thing, I like the Canadian cover better.

And i have no idea who painted it. None. Sigh.

On the plus side, it’s got an Erle Stanley Gardner story, and that’s cool right?:)

Black Mask, May 1942 (Canadian Edition).

Last image is of the original dec 41’ american issue).


El Santo [1984]

El Santo was the wrestler no matter where he was. Once Rodolfo Guzman Huerta slid on the mask in 1942, he wore it everywhere he went for 42 uninterrupted years. Any time he was in public, on film, traveling, flying, eating, showering, he was wearing his signature mask. He would go the extra effort of flying a different airline so that he wouldn’t be seen in his mask by the rest of his crew. He had a separate mask made for eating, which had the jawline open (much like Rey Mysterio’s signature mask design). Shortly before his death, El Santo revealed his face to the world, but passed away only a week and a few days later from an abrupt heart attack. He was buried, you guessed it, in his mask!