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Let’s look at some covers!

Barye Phillips gives us Moonraker.Virgil Finlay gives a George Allan England reprint a neat cover—And here’s one by Powers.Here’s a striking pulp cover by Rudolph Belarski.And I’ll wrap up with this pulp cover by Jack Binder.#SFWApro. Rights to all images remain with current holder.

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Valentine’s Day approaching, so romance covers!

Kicking off with this Nick Cardy cover and it’s searing, agonizing question.Then Jay Scott Pike showing the dilemma of the woman torn between settling and becoming an old maid (just look what a crone she is!).John Romita catches a moment of romantic confusion.Ric Estrada delivers a very 1960s cover.Here’s a cover with a warning, but will the protagonist listen? Art is uncredited.And a poster for a romantic movie I’m very fond of.#SFWApro. All rights to images remain with current holders.

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Bad, bad, bad, bad girls (on paperback covers)

Robert McGinnis gives us a bad girl … whose left hand appears to have dematerialized.

Another bad girl, because good girls don’t show up naked on the cover. I’m not sure why women painting their toenails was considered sexy, but I’ve seen that in a lot of images.

Barye Phillips gives women a warning! against getting involved with those crazy beatniks.An uncredited cover dealing with “liquor and lust!”This uncredited cover may look like the lead’s got a bizarre fetish but his passion is just his love for the sea over his landbound wife.

And here’s another McGinnis cover, with the kind of bad girl that paperback PIs always ran into the 1950s.

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Some days you get the bear, some days the totem pole gets you

I’m running behind, this will have to do for today’s post. Art by Dick Dillin.#SFWApro. All rights to image remain with current holder.

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Love and Fear: Comics Covers

First love, courtesy of John Romita — but seriously Janice, you can do better than this jerk.Then some terror, courtesy of Mort Drucker.And more terror, this time from Steve Ditko.

Cosmic terror as Gene Colan catches Dr. Strange fighting to save reality.And a somber finish, art by Mike Sekowsky.#SFWApro. All rights to images remain with current holders.

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Some comics covers for Tuesday

First a couple of John Romita’s romance covers. Ruben Moreira shows why doing jigsaws is a dangerous pastime.Mike Sekowsky mourns the deaths of DC’s Metal Men.Dick Dillin gives us an unusual courtroom scene.And Barry Windsor Smith gives us Conan in a scene from “The God in the Bowl.”#SFWApro. All rights to images remain with current holders.

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2021: The first cover post.

One by Powers.I believe this one is too, though it’s more realistic than his usual.This one by Robert Stanley gives Tarzan too perfect a hairstyle. They were modeling him on screen Tarzan Johnny Weismuller.Y the Last Man apparently had a predecessor. Art is uncredited; I’ll bet the story is a lot more sexist too.Another uncredited cover. I like the look.I don’t have credits for this one either, but it looks interesting.

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Last cover post of 2020!

The year may have sucked but these covers are cool. First, two by Powers.

Robert Foster creates one of those “I don’t know what’s going on, but I want the book” covers.An uncredited horror one. Gervasio Gallardo provides a typically weird but beautiful coverHis cover painting for Patricia McKillip’s Forgotten Beasts of Eld isn’t weird but it’s definitely beautiful.

Another Earle Bergey showgirl cover, for Leigh Brackett’s novel.

Leo and Diane Dillon contribute the next one.Lawrence Stern Stevens does a great cover that makes me want to grab this up.A Gerald Gregg mystery cover.And one by the great Virgil Finlay#SFWApro. All rights to images remain with current holder.

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The deadly perils of Christmas!

Santa Claus may not be what’s coming to town!

If you don’t see the threat, you’re part of the decorations!

So like Santa says, you’d better watch out!

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Doc Savage in Oz? Doc Phoenix in The Oz Encounter

Although I finished my Doc Savage reread last month, it turns out I’m not as done as I thought. By coincidence, I’d already put WEIRD HEROES VOLUME 5: Doc Phoenix: The Oz Encounter by Marv Wolfman and Ted White on my shelf to reread, and it definitely qualifies as a Doc Savage pastiche, just as much as The Mad Goblin or Doc Sidhe. The endnotes say White, who created Phoenix for Weird Heroes Vol. 2, started the book but couldn’t finish, so Wolfman (best known back in the early 1970s as the co-creator of Marvel’s Nova rather than the New Teen Titans) stepped in.

Doc Phoenix is a super-genius (also a formidable hand-to-hand combatant) who made a fortune investing in the stock market, then increased it by turning to gambling. He used his millions to build supercomputers that enable him to enter people’s minds; like Inception or Roger Zelazny’s Dream Master he materializes in a fantasy landscape symbolically expressing the subject’s issues. His original plan was to use this to reform criminals by finding the flaw that drove them to crime and fixing it — why yes, that does sound like Doc Savage’s crime college, doesn’t it? However it turned out that nobody else could use the equipment safely so using it to eliminate crime isn’t practical; instead Doc uses it to treat trauma victims and the like. He’s assisted by computer whiz Moose (the Monk counterpart), Steffan (Ham) and Linda, a Chinese-American freelance spy. In the first Phoenix story, someone sent Linda to kill Doc; he survived and treated her to restore a sense of morality.

In this book Wentworth, a rising politician and former organized-crime lawyer (typically for the era the book refers to “the Syndicate,” as Italian Americans objected vociferously to mentions of the Mafia) hires Phoenix to free his daughter, Patricia, from a coma (not physical, but caused by emotional trauma). Entering her mind, Phoenix discovers a twisted version of Oz where the affable hobo, the Shaggy Man, uses the magical love magnet to turn people into fawning slaves. Doc barely escapes and the magnet isn’t mentioned again (too hard to overcome?). Doc continues to enter Patricia’s mind, meets her as Dorothy and sets out to find a)what drove her into her dream world and b)why the Shaggy Man is turning it into a desolate waste. Complicating things, someone in the real world is trying to stop Phoenix’s treatment, even if that means killing him — and it appears it’s the Shaggy Man, somehow escaped out of the dream. How does it all make sense?

This was a lot of fun, fast-moving, with plenty of action. While it gets a lot of Oz details wrong — Dorothy does not move to Oz at the end of Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz — that can be explained by either Phoenix or Patricia getting it wrong (it might have been Wolfman or White, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt). There are some good illustrations by Stephen Fabian. Regrettably the collapse of Weird Heroes a few volumes later meant we never got a follow-up, but unlike Quest of the Gypsy there’s no loose ends (there’s one small one, but I can live with it).

If I run across another Doc Savage riff of note, I guess I’ll cover that one too.

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