Bad, bad, bad, bad girls (on paperback covers)

Robert McGinnis gives us a bad girl … whose left hand appears to have dematerialized.

Another bad girl, because good girls don’t show up naked on the cover. I’m not sure why women painting their toenails was considered sexy, but I’ve seen that in a lot of images.

Barye Phillips gives women a warning! against getting involved with those crazy beatniks.An uncredited cover dealing with “liquor and lust!”This uncredited cover may look like the lead’s got a bizarre fetish but his passion is just his love for the sea over his landbound wife.

And here’s another McGinnis cover, with the kind of bad girl that paperback PIs always ran into the 1950s.

#SFWApro. Rights to cover images remain with current holder.

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