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Covers for Tuesday

I’d hoped to do something more substantial today but life is not cooperating. So …

One by Johnny Bruck.This uncredited cover has me curious to read it and learn how unicorns and Nazis mesh together.This uncredit cover really doesn’t scream “mafia” to me though it does fit into the Sex Sells school of paperback art.And finally one by H.W. McCauley. Despite the lurid cover copy, the image intrigues me.#SFWApro. All rights to images remain with current holder.

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In a shocking twist, this week’s cover post is on Wednesday!

First an uncredited Sex Sells cover from 1965.Sex sold in 1954 too. Though the dark background makes this feel more like a witches’ sabbath to me than whatever orgy or wild party it’s meant to be.From the days of double novels, here’s one mystery cover I like——and here’s the other novel.#SFWApro.

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Paperback covers out of time

First, this gloriously psychedelic Charles Moll cover from 1972.

Another cover from that decade, considerably less psychedelic, by Josh Kirby (presumably no relation to the time warrior).

Then an uncredited cover from 1958 showing the decade’s terror of Youth Running Wild.And finally a Mark Zuckerberg cover from 1964, the era when the Berlin Wall had made the city endlessly fascinating to spy novelists. If you’re curious about Chester Drum, here’s the lowdown.#SFWApro. All rights to images remain with current holders.

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James Bama died last week

Which will mean nothing to most people. But James Bama was the definitive Doc Savage paperback cover artist, and as far as I’m concerned the definitive cover artist period. So here are a few of my favorite of his covers for the Man of Bronze.If you want my take on the books, you can work through my Doc Savage reviews or use the search box to look for the specific titles. And Brian Cronin has a little more information on Bama’s career.

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My question, upon seeing this Robert Stanley cover—

— why is the gorilla spying on this couple? Or is it just a gorilla mask?I will admit that it makes me curious about the story, though, so I guess it did its job.

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And this is how they got us to buy comics back in the day

Covers like this one by Dick Dillin. Or this one by Joe Kubert.They screamed that whatever was happening inside would be so much cooler than all the other books on the stands, Buy Me Now! I didn’t buy either of these but the competition was stiff every month. Lots and lots of cool covers, even if the stories inside didn’t match up (consider the synopsis for “Blackhawk’s Reign of Terror“)

The prevailing view now is that we’re going to buy our favorites regardless of the cover. The cover art is correspondingly less engaging. It’s one of the few things where I really do think it was better back in my youth.

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It’s Tuesday so here are some covers

You’ve heard of earworms? Alex Abel gives us eyeworms!A theme much beloved by publishers and novelists, older lecher/young hottie. Art is uncredited.Another uncredited cover, for a mystery series.

And here’s one I’ve posted before, with artist James Bama giving Doc his distinctive paperback-cover look.

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Tuesday is cover day

I like this one by Joseph Tillofson.And this one by Louis GlanzmanThis one’s by Stanley ZuckerbergThis uncredited one is noteworthy for not working. The expression on the woman’s face looks thoroughly squicked out.#SFWApro. All rights to images remain with current holders.

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Let’s look at some covers, shall we?

As it’s my blog, I say we shall! First, a suggestive one by William Randall.This Earle Bergey cover looks like the female lead is having fun.Then this Tom Miller cover, harking back to the days when novelizations of movies and plays were a normal merchandizing toolA weird looking one by Louis Glanzman—And one by Ray Johnson to finish up.#SFWApro. All rights to images remain with current holder.

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Covering up my lack of time

I’d planned a deep post for today but as time ran out, it’s covers again! First a cover by Allen Anderson.Next, one by Arnold Kohn. Don’t know the story but I’m sure curious.An uncredited one selling sex without anything to sexy.A lost world cover by Frank R. Paul.Art by John SchoenherrAnd Gerald GreggAnd a Richard Powers novel for a Vonnegut novel.

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