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I hope nothing like this ever happens to you!

Because it doesn’t look like the protagonists on this Jack Sparling cover are having much fun, does it?Like most anthology books edited by Jack Schiff, the story is “meh” but the cover is hard to resist (as witness I have a copy).

I’d hoped to post something more substantial but when my writing goes well, sometimes it leaves me with no brains left for blogging.

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Paperback covers of interest

First, a 1972 cover, uncredited but very much of its era in the psychedelic visuals.This Kelly Freas is just as typical of the earlier women-in-revealing-spacesuits era of pulp illustration.This cover for one of the Avenger pulps is curiously generic. We have the protagonist (a man with his face permanently frozen by shock), the smiling dogs of the title and all we get from HW Scott is a routine nugging?Another typical cover, for 1964. Frank Frazetta was one of the go-to guys for fantasy covers in that era.To wrap up, a Richard Powers cover because why not?#SFWApro

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First cover post of 2023! Wait, that’s not exactly a click-bait headline is it?

But here we go anyway, starting with this Arnold Kohn cover. So are the cult people who dress like eagles or are they actual man-raptors?Next this neat-looking one by Bob Hilbreath.Virgil Finlay gives us a ginormous spider — or is it a very small man?And a vivid one by Frank Frazetta.#SFWApro. All rights to images remain with current holder.

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Covers for a Wednesday in December

A goblin and a woman trapped in a giant light bulb, what’s not to love on this Earle Bergey cover?

Despite the title I assumed the book behind this Clark Hullings cover didn’t involve a creature half-man, half-ape, but it does.A Bob McGinnis cover. The book sounds like a test run for Y — The Last Man.Virgil Finlay provides the next cover.And one by pulp great Frank R. Paul to wrap up.#SFWApro. All rights to images remain with current holders.

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It’s been a couple of weeks since my last cover post —

So here’s another one. First, this William Rose cover for a Perry Mason mystery. Not as suggestive as some of the paperback images were.Next, a Gothic cover by Harry BennettI like this Vincent DiFate cover — not wild but effective for an SF anthology. And that’s a promising line up of authors.However I think this Richard Powers cover packs more punch.And this Manuel Sanjulian cover for a Ray Bradbury anthology is good too. It’s a specialized subject for a one-author anthology but I’m sure Bradbury’s name sold it.#SFWApro. All rights to images remain with current holders.

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So with the holidays and all, I ran into a time crunch …

So no time to write book reviews for today. Instead, I hope you’ll accept some eye-catching paperback covers as a substitute. First a Richard Powers cover—Next, one of James Bama’s memorable Doc Savage covers.Gervasio Gallardo’s cover for Lud-in-the-Mist.Gray Morrow provides the art for this series entry, which I remember from my teenage years. What role Frankenstein plays in this story given the cover copy I cannot begin to imagine.And a weird uncredited cover.#SFWApro. All rights to images remain with current holders. Regular reviews return next Sunday.

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Women of outer space in cover illustrations!

First this swashbuckler by Robert Gibson Jones.Another by Jones.This Kelly Freas cover makes me curious about “Teleportress of Alpha” — after all, I love Leigh Brackett.And H.W. McCauley wraps up the post!#SFWApro. All rights to images remain with current holders.

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Sex and rebellion on paperback covers

Here’s an uncredited cover dramatizing that great fear of the last century, that loose women would infect Our Boys with STDs (as detailed in The Trials of Nina McCall).Here’s another uncredited cover, painting Voltaire’s satire as a scandalous rakes-and-romance novel. Anyone who bought it with that in mind must have been really surprised.Here’s a movie novelization based on the same theory as DC’s Prez, that when 18 year olds became able to vote, they could shape the whole outcome — what if a charismatic rock star used them to seize power? I reviewed the movie last Saturday.And here’s another uncredited cover from 1968, combining a newsworthy topic with a suggestive image.#SFWApro. All rights to images remain with current holders.

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Cobras, cleavage and covers!

This Robert Bonfils cover certainly catches the eye with its mix of sex and death.Jeff Katherine Jones (the artist transitioned) gives us one of his Frank Frazetta-style covers.A rather Dali-esque cover from Richard Powers.A couple of robot covers. First a cute one from HW McCauley — seriously, what’s the woman scared of?A more ominous metalloid from H. Lawrence HoffmanAnd another Powers to finish off with.#SFWApro. All rights to images remain with current holders.

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Let’s look at some cover images shall we?

Two by Jack Gaughan. And yes, that’s the same John Jakes now known for North and South.One by Sergio Leone for this James Bond/SF adventure mashup.I believe Robert McGinnis did this Carter Brown cover. Less skin than usual for that series, but the trippy wallpaper makes it, like the Leone, very much of its time.#SFWApro. All rights to images remain with current holder.

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