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Women on paperback and pulp covers

Sometimes the central image as in this Milton Luros cover—Sometimes, like this Charles Moll cover, a supporting player (but a very sexy one).Sometimes an adversary, as in Allen Anderson’s image—And sometimes, like Barye Phillips cover, the story’s central character.And sometimes very badly drawn. Robert McGinnis’ cover here is for a mystery novel but doesn’t it look more like an ET?#SFWApro. All rights to images remain with current holder.

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Doomposting!

I’ve no idea why doomposting is a big deal but I figure if I get in on the trend, I’ll get extra clicks. So here we go — Doomposting!

Then we have Victor’s fifth cousin Bob Doom, the evil dentist (not kidding)!Next, some Doom (Patrol) postingAnd some Droomposting—And Dragoom-posting—

And Goom-posting—And Googam Son of Goom-posting—I shall now relax and await my 15 minutes of internet fame.

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It’s hump day, so comics covers!

Hopefully your week is going better than the people here, starting with guy on Dick Dillin’s cover below.The man on this Dillin cover isn’t doing much better, I fear.This pair of Gil Kane covers shows everyone having a bad week!While the humans on this Jack Kirby cover are not living their best life, Goom looks kind of lovable.But however bad your week is going at least you don’t have to face — Rro! Art by Steve DitkoOn a more mundane level, Joe Kubert shows us a GI having a bad day—And there’s obviously something tragic happening here (Grand Comics Database suggests Sy Barry did the cover).And last but not least, courtesy of Jack Kirby — Doomposting!

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If it’s Tuesday, it must be cover art

Art is uncredited. What is she tormented about, I wonder? Sexual orientation?  Alcoholishm? Adultery?

This looks interesting though Dick can be very hit-or-miss for me.Cover art by Emsh.Art is uncredited, but I like this one too.And this cover by Anderson shows a man menaced by … space women in high heels?#SFWApro. All rights to covers remain with current holder.

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When covers last in my dooryard bloomed

The sexy untamed girl of the swamps is more of a common fantasy than you might think. Art by James Meese.A fantasy of a different kind, courtesy of Bob Oksner.Here we see that 40 years ago, Jack Kirby knew how bad 2020 would be.One by Norman SaundersWhat kind of “thrill-seekers” would pick a cruise as the way to find what they’re looking for? Though obviously in this case they were right. Art is uncredited.A skeptic realizes COVID-19 is a serious threat on this cover by Gerald Gregg.Now here’s a guy having a bad day. Art by Joe Kubert.Art is uncredited, but I like this cover. I remember the mystery series being pretty good too.Harry Bennett provides this rather dreamscape-ish one, based on the 1959-63 TV show.Does an insane woman have the right to love? Anyone curious to find out? Art uncredited again.A bleak post-apocalypse cover by Rogers.

Lawrence Sterne Stevens shows us Madonna, as envisioned in 1949!

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Comics covers for Sunday

Normally I’d have written a book review post for today, but Trixie’s leg problems have thrown me off schedule. So covers it is.

I love this Joe Sinott cover.The classic actor’s nightmare is being on stage with no idea what your lines or even what the play is. Here’s a somewhat less common nightmare, captured by Jack Kirby.

Russ Heath does a great cover for a Sgt. Rock spotlight.Here’s another war comics cover by Joe Kubert.Mort Meskin gives new meaning to the phrase “bargaining chip.”Bob Brown’s monster on this cover looks more like a kiddie amusement park ride than a threat.Dick Dillin’s monster here clearly disapproves of the men violating social distancing.Dillin also provides the cover for this story in the “Screw your superstitions I’m going to do exactly what you said would doom me!” genre. I like the title too, it has a great rhythm and the right level of alliteration.

And here Carmine Infantino gives us a guy whose quarantine is more extreme than planned.

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Cover up!

Norman Saunders show us how to respond to people who want to break social distancing!This Saunders cover has Weena of the Eloi more formally dressed than I think Wells imagined her.An Earle Bergey cover with one of his more reasonable female outfits.With that title and this Mark Mariano cover, I’d be tempted to buy the book on the spot.The breast cones below are more typical of Earle Bergey’s fashion sense.I knew pulps covered every kind of fiction but it tickles me they had a magazine of railroad stories. Cover by Hilliker.A beautiful wanton in a bathing suit! Sexy cover by the standards of the past, courtesy of Barye Phillips.Nothing says “old school pulp cover” like a woman arising out of a space cyclone to zap spaceships with lightning. This one’s by Lawrence.Is this woman really upset about the spaceship — or is it the man breaching social distancing? Art by Earle Bergey#SFWApro. All rights to image remain with current holders.

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Paperback and pulp covers

Jeff Jones does a very Frazetta cover for this book. But with no enemy in sight, who’s the hero going to slice? His woman?Lawrence Stevens provides this one.One by Matt Fox —

One by Leo Morey—

A Powers cover, as usual.A really eye-catching one by Robert Gibson JonesThis one by Hubert Rogers is simple, but it works.Here’s another one by Rogers.And a Steranko paperback pulp reprint.#SFWApro. Rights to covers remain with current holders.

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So what exactly is the expression on her face?

This cover by Zuckerberg intrigues me because the woman’s face expresses such anomie: when will this war be over? God, everything is so meaningless and boring!But then again it could just as easily be she’s sad. Or as a couple of my friends said, really fed up with the soldier (“He’s staring at my butt — and he didn’t even bring me good wine!”).

What do you guys think?

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Pulp and paperback covers for Tuesday

Robert Gibson Jones shows us the only way to stop a bad man with a dragon is a good man with a red-bearded giant.Robert McGinnis showing what used to be a standard pose for women on hardboiled PI paperback covers.

A couple by Earle Bergey showing his odd sense of SF women’s fashion.Bob Maguire and Engel contribute this one, which for some reason sticks with me.Here’s another Bob McGinnis hardboiled cover, though the woman looks like she belongs in some kind of zombie horror story instead.This rather bizarre one is uncredited.Another uncredited cover with another woman in  the bad-girl pose.Gerald Gregg provides this interesting mystery cover.

James Meese gives us a tough-guy mystery novel.Jeff Jones portrays Fritz Leiber’s modern horror as if it were a paperback Gothic romance of the time. I wonder if anyone who bought it was disappointed?#SFWApro. All rights to covers remain with current holder.

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