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Cover art Wednesday

“Improbable, yes! Interesting, very!” What a good tagline.

I think she’s supposed to be sexy but the eyes make her look like a pod person.

One by John Schoenherr

A thriller cover by Peter Stevens. Black Mask was the a-list for mystery fiction back in the 1930s.

It’s not selling sex and sin, it’s in the Bible!

And VIncent di Fate’s wrap around cover for the first Riverworld book. A nice job capturing the disparate elements of the series.

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Covers for Friday

One by Peter Jones. I believe this was for a British edition of the book.

And what would these posts be without a Powers cover?

A good one by Veligursky

One by Schoenherr

And one by Kelly Freas

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The calm before the storm

Though as Hurricane Florence is heading significantly south of us, the storm shouldn’t be too bad. Still, here are some appropriate comics covers.

First, by Carmine Infantino

Then Victor IbaƱez

One by Ernie Chan

A really good one by Pat Broderick

Gil Kane shows the worst-case scenario.

And Neal Adams riffs off an old Magritte painting

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A couple of non-specfic covers

Here’s one about lust

And who knew women in 0ld Russia showed this much skin?

Murder, of course, makes a great, eye-catching cover hook.

And who could resist a cover with that line (“a tropical garden full of deadly snakes.”)

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Strange Adventures for a Friday morning

Art by Murphy Anderson

The cover that started DC’s gorilla-cover trend. Art by J. Winslow Mortimer.

Art by Gil Kane

Murphy Anderson again. Trixie could totally handle saving the world.

Gil Kane on another gorilla cover.

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Let’s science! SF covers and science links

Images and links have no relation to each other, in case you were wondering.

(Art by Schinella)

A prominent lab generated multiple research studies whose conclusions (kids will eat fruit if you just put a sticker of Elmo on it!) went viral. It appears they got the results by fudging data a lot.

The Stanford prison experiment showed that people given the power to abuse others will use it. Except it doesn’t hold up.

(Art uncredited)

Companies are embedding microchips in employees. With their consent, so far anyway.

(Earl Bergey)

How much does culture affect psychology?

(Uncredited)

Private space launches are now competing for aerospace with plane flights.

Meet the tardigrates, Earth’s most indestructible animal.

(Powers)

Lots of information now lies in programs so old they’re no longer readable, or on CD-Roms. Researchers hope to develop a universal virtual computer that can read them.

Rich people’s interest in the future of technology? Surviving while the world dies.

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Cover images for Tuesday morning

Art is uncredited but I like the montage here. And wow, paperbacks for a quarter!

Next one’s from Kelly Freas.

Art for this one is uncredited. Wow, prices are up to 50 cents!

Kevin E. Johnson provides one from the 1970s. $2.95 now!

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Selling paperbacks with sex

Paperbacks for a long time were considered a little bit dirty.

As Two-Bit Culture by Kenneth Davis explains it, because they were cheap compared to hardbacks (just check out the prices below) they often took on risque material respectable publishers wouldn’t soil their fingers with. They’d also sell non-risque material by slapping on a sexy cover. In the film The Seven Year Itch, the protagonist’s publishing firm is reissuing Little Women as Secrets of a Girl’s Dormitory, with a cover bursting with nubile young beauties in negligees. I haven’t actually read Little Women but I’m pretty sure the image did not represent the spirit of the book.

So in that spirit, here are some paperback covers (and one pulp) inviting readers to ogle. First one in the classic “isn’t it lucky her hair fell right over the nipples” genre, artist uncredited. I’ve read another book in the same series, they’re actually enjoyable.

Next, one by Casey Jones in the category (based on what I could learn of the book) of “make it look much, much sexier than the contents.”

Third, a much classier one by Lawrence. I have no idea what the cover is about or why there’s a giant cat (or shrunken people).

Back to less than classy, with this Tom Miller image. I don’t know the contents, but it looks like the kind of once-edgy material only a paperback publisher would put out.

Here’s one by Robert McGinnis screaming Bad Girl Within.

And here’s one that conveys S-E-X with much less skin. Of course with that kind of “tell them what they’re getting up front” title, who needs it? I don’t know the artist.

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Assorted paperback covers because why not?

First a typically weird Richard Powers image. No, for Powers that’s actually fairly mundane.

Here Earle Bergey shows Big Planetary Brother is watching you.

Next, one by Gaughan that I think nicely invokes a feel of “struggling humans against overwhelming alien force.”

Fourth, a crime cover by James Meese. Grabs the eye, doesn’t it?

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Anthology covers for Thursday morning

First one, by Mitchell Hooks. Lewis Padgett was a pen-name for C.L. Moore, Henry Kuttner and Moore/Kuttner writing together.

Charles Binger does one for John Collier’s remarkable short-story collection.

Uncredited art for a Ray Bradbury collection

Those come from the school of “try and capture images of all the stories” Here’s one that goes for a single image, by Richard Jones

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