This may be the only surviving cover painting of the 'under-the-counter' title, Tattle Tales, which was one of the most notorious of the smoosh mags targeted by the vice cops under New York mayor La Guardia. Bolles would have been lucky to make a hundred bucks from this cover (the great Hugh Ward got even less and he complained about how difficult it was to collect). And any association with the magazine presented the risk of jail time, a fate suffered by several staffers and more than a few hapless newsstand sellers. The big question is why Bolles knocked himself out on these covers as they rank among his best. I'll be featuring several other unseen originals in some upcoming posts.