H. L. Parkhurst studied at the Art Institute of Chicago where he completed a four-year course in anatomy in only two-and-a-half years. He worked as a newspaper illustrator and as an advertising art director. During the Depression he began freelance illustrations for pulp magazines, working closely with Fiction House Publishing and the Trojan Magazine Company, publishers of the "Spicy" series of pulps. He drew 'Murder for Exercise' for Spicy Detective in 1937 and 'Dear Little Dude' for Spicy Western Stories in 1939.
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