You have to wonder how Bolles pitched the concept for this cover to Harry Donenfeld, the publisher of Gay Parisienne. Sure, there would be the pretty girl as always, but why not add an animal? Not a cute puppy or pony; that angle worked like a sort of innocence pass that let the artist forego clothes on the girl (think Mabel Rollins Harris). No, let's make it an aquatic reptile. Granted, Bolles did throw in some odd props on a few other Gay Parisienne covers, including a tuba! And you have to give him points for a girl wearing a bikini long before you'd see a suit at the beach that revealed anywhere near that much acreage. The turtle, which I'm guessing is a Hawksbill, also seems quite content. So, no blow-back from decency societies specializing in protecting wildlife from abusive pinups.
Still, I just don't get it. Gay Parisienne was one of the hottest of all the so-called smoosh mags and the decency leagues stalked it like Clyde Beatty on the trail after big game. This oddball cover from 1936 just doesn't jibe with the magazine's notorious reputation, its pulpy pages chock-full of raunchy novels, dirty drawings and photos of naked girls. It got Donenfeld hauled into court so many times he ended buying his way up a notch in the publishing hierachy, buying out National Allied Publications, after first suing them for nonpayment. By May 1938 is pulps, Gay Parisienne and Spicy Stories were out of circulation, while at the same time Donenfeld published the first Superman story in Action Comics. Breezy Stories began recycling Bolles covers and his last new cover painting was for the June issue.
For the first time in his career, Bolles was down to just one magazine, and a mere two months later Film Fun had a new cover artist, Albert Fisher. The Bolles girl, who made her debut in 1914 and who had been adorning three to five magazine covers a month for nearly a decade, was gone.