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An amusing (to me, at least) cover

I can’t imagine a kids comic book today would show the lead characters smoking without raising a hue and cry. Back then (1960, several years before the once-legendary surgeon’s general report officially labeled cigarettes as a cancer risk) anti-smoking types were looked on as crackpots. #SFWApro. All rights to image remain with current holder.

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Something you can be thankful for

You haven’t been struck by any beams from space lately, have you?

Of course, if you have, I apologize for my insensitive comment.

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You think you’re having a bad day? Look at these covers!

First Carmine Infantino shows Batman not enjoying himself.Dick Dillin shows this guy’s not doing so well either.I’m pretty sure nobody standing in that stone circle is going to have a good day. And the cover copy confirms it’ll be a “dark and mordant” one.The young lady on this Muni cover is having a crappy day too. I mean, look at the slime!Russ Heath shows us the aftermath of someone’s fatally bad day.Nor does this Richard Powers cover scream “feel-good stories inside!”However the woman on this Bob McGinnis cover looks happy about something. Maybe she just murdered her husband?

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And now, some covers

I wrote this ahead of Tuesday, so I’ve no idea how things turned out. Just in case you were wondering. But this cover by Anthony Di Giannurio is probably where we’re headed if Trump’s won.The only thing weirder than the alien’s package on Bill Edwards’ cover is that someone thought “Grout” would be a good name. And is that his grouting gun?I don’t know the cover artist for this one, but I like it.This one’s Powers.

And this weird one? Mel Hunter.And a cover by Matt Fox to finish with.#SFWApro. All rights to images remain with current holders.

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A long time ago, I went to a drive-in movie

They had one close to our house and our family went and caught a film there, though I don’t remember which one. Later they switched to exploitation movies, so we didn’t go; I didn’t have a car or a girlfriend to make out with in a car, so I never went (though I sure fantasized about some of the films).

I can’t help thinking that if a scene like the Dick Dillin cover below had happened at our drive-in, I’d have gone a lot more often. Because that looks pretty cool.

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It’s still the month of Halloween, so why not more scary covers?

William Teason gives us a weird cover for Shirley Jackson’s tale of madness.Matt Fox contributes a Weird Tales cover.As does Margaret Brundage — And A.R. Tilburne. Jules de Grandin was the most popular series in Weird Tales though he’s largely forgotten now.Then we have a sword-and-sorcery cover by Steranko —And a Powers cover for a tale of terror—And Doc Savage facing the Squeaking Goblin.#SFWApro. All rights to images remain with current holder.

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It’s Halloween, so let’s have some spooky covers

Virgil Finlay kicks off with this memorable cover.While this one by H.E. Bischoff treads the line between  mystery and supernatural tale well.Peter Kuhlhoff gave us this bit of grotesquerie.While the art on this one, alas, is uncredited.

This one by Boris Dolgov isn’t exactly horrifying but it feels like it fits somehow.And I’m happy for any excuse to reprting this old Gervasio Gallardo cover.To say nothing of this Nick Cardy piece.#SFWApro. All rights to covers belong to the current holders.

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Covers that make me want to part with my money

Which is the purpose of book covers, right? For instance Robert Foster’s cover here is weird but I admit I’m kind of intrigued.This one by Paul Lehr intrigues me too.And so does this Morton Roberts cover for a short-story collection, even though I don’t see how the theme ties in with the image.Another interesting one by James MeeseAnd a creepy uncredited one.This uncredited cover ain’t bad either.Richard Powers’ covers are always interesting.And I’ll wrap up with a James Bama cover because evil flautists descending from space ships really is an eyegrabber. It’s even faithful to the novel.

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Comic and pulp covers for Tuesday

First Jack Kirby —Then Virgil Finlay, for a creepy thriller by Joseph Payne Brennan.A Gil Kane actioner with a female Robin Hood in the old west.I don’t know the artist, but that’s a title that gives a good feel for what you’re getting into.One by John Romita catching an awkward romantic moment.A whimsical image by Hannes Bok—An eerie one by Boris Dolgov, though C. Hall Thompson’s work is third-rate Lovecraft.And one by J. Allen St. John to finish with.#SFWApro. All rights to images remain with current holder.

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It’s Tuesday, so paperback covers! That makes sense, right?

If not, too bad, because here they come!

I don’t know the artist, but that’s a great cover for John Wyndham’s novel (yes, the same guy who wrote Midwich Cuckoos).And here’s a Powers cover for another Wyndham novel, though this one’s way too “drawing room SF” for my taste.Paul Rader provides the cover for a more down-to-Earth but not necessarily more realistic novel (in a startling twist the womanizing executive winds up with the sweetly innocent secretary after she gets a makeover!)

A rather grim-looking dystopia, courtesy of the Leo and Diane DillonWith this one by Mitchell Hooks I’ve no idea what’s going on, but I am intrigued. Despite the title, it’s a mystery.#SFWApro. All rights to images remain with current holder.

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