Monday, August 30, 2010

try anything once

(aka A.A. Is For August #13)

Rounding out our month long A.A. Is For August series we have the twenty third in the series of A.A. Fair / Erle Stanley Gardner penned Cool / Lam mysteries, Try Anything Once.



An appropriate sentiment on which to end this first ever Pulp Fiction Project sub-project.

In retrospect, I enjoyed doing this so much I would try it twice but, until the husband finds another stack of paperbacks with a connecting thread and great covers en masse, we'll stick to our regular once a week Friday posting.

(PS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen in the Pulp Fiction Project set in my Flickr photostream, here.)

Friday, August 27, 2010

bachelors get lonely

(aka A.A. Is For August #12)

Just a quick programming note: Our month long journey through the covers of this stack of paperbacks will come to an end on Monday. Meaning, as of next Friday, we'll be back to our regular once a week Pulp Fiction Project posts. (Which, for those who are new to this whole thing, are usually posted on Fridays.) I have some other programming notes to share but, in an effort to stay on topic, we'll save those for a future post.

Anywhoo, moving on to our intended subject we have lucky number twenty-one in the Cool / Lam series, Bachelors Get Lonely. A title that, unlike our previous entry, makes total sense to me. I would imagine bachelors do get lonely, at least some of the time. I mean, why else would they want to become husbands?



Although some would argue, based on the items depicted on the front cover, the bachelor in question is neither alone nor lonely. Because you're never alone with discarded undergarments, rumpled sheets & a Smith and Wesson, baby.

(Disclaimer: I have no idea what kind of gun that is, I just love Radio Birdman.)

(PS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen in the Pulp Fiction Project set in my Flickr photostream, here.)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

kept women can't quit

(aka A.A. Is For August #11)

Leaping ahead to number twenty in the Cool / Lam, Fair / Gardner series we have Kept Women Can't Quit; a title as memorable as it is confusing.

(Seriously, what does that mean?)



I admit, the Pocket Book covers are not quite as memorable as some of the previously blogged Dell offerings - again, it's hard to compete with a Robert McGinnis pin-up girl or artfully rendered map back - but I like the color scheme and painterly quality of this artwork.

(Assuming painterly is a word. And I assume it is because spell check told me I spelled it correctly.)

(PS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen in the Pulp Fiction Project set in my Flickr photostream, here.)

Monday, August 23, 2010

beware the curves

(aka A.A. Is For August #10)

Today our 13 episode A.A. Is For August mini-series reaches double digits with the fifteenth Cool / Lam Fair / Gardner book, Beware The Curves; the successor to our previous entry not only in order of original publication but in terms of cover art.


Cover painting by Harry Bennett


Or maybe I'm the only one who thinks the illustration of the blond above is reminiscent of the silhouetted woman on the front and back cover of our copy of Some Women Won't Wait.

(PS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen in the Pulp Fiction Project set in my Flickr photostream, here.)

Friday, August 20, 2010

some women won't wait

(aka A.A. Is For August #9)

Continuing in our month long survey of the stack of vintage paperbacks that recently followed the husband home from the internet, today's subject, Some Women Won't Wait, is the fourteenth in the Cool / Lam series and features a cover painting by Griffith Foxley.



Who - in a six degrees of Kevin Bacon sort of way - is also responsible for the sole pre-A.A Is For August Fair / Gardner PFP entry, Top Of The Heap; which just so happens to be the lucky 13th book in the series; placing it right in between this and our previous entry. And PS: Kevin Bacon is from Philly, and so am I. Kooky huh?

Anywhoo, as much as I appreciate the front cover - and I do - I really love the design of the back. (What can I say, I enjoy a good layered transparent image in various sizes and colors. As anyone who's seen our old c14 business cards and / or assorted show posters I've designed over the years will attest.)

I also love the fact Gardner's first name is misspelled in one of the quotes.

(PPS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen in the Pulp Fiction Project set in my Flickr photostream, here.)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

bedrooms have windows

(aka A.A. Is For August #8)

Literally and metaphorically following up Monday's Fools Die On Friday double feature we have the twelfth in the series of A.A. Fair / Erle Stanley Gardner Cool / Lam books, Bedrooms Have Windows.



Perhaps the least "jazzy" of the covers featured in this series; on the other hand it's hard for a blurry poorly lit photo to compete with a Robert McGinnis pin-up girl or multi-layered map back.

(It's certainly not what I would consider "bad design," I just think it would have been better suited to a movie poster. Possibly for some sort of black and white Italian horror flick, possibly starring Barbara Steele.)

As always, larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen in the Pulp Fiction Project set in my Flickr photostream, here.

Monday, August 16, 2010

fools die on friday

(aka A.A. Is For August #7)

Continuing our survey of the dusty A.A. Fair / Erle Stanley Gardner paperbacks the husband recently gifted himself (and in some ways, this blog) we have the singular instance of a double in the stack, Fools Die On Friday.

(The eleventh in the Cool / Lam series, for those who are playing along.)

Normally I would try to convince him to only keep one but in this instance even I couldn't decide, as one features yet another fantastic Bob McGinnis painting (although not a particularly memorable back cover):



While the other has memorable front and back covers.


Cover by Robert Stanley


(PS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen in the Pulp Fiction Project set in my Flickr photostream, here.)

Friday, August 13, 2010

give 'em the ax

(aka A.A. Is For August #6)

Happy Friday the 13th everybody!

This blog post has absolutely nothing to do with the day / date combination, nor the movie franchise with the same name, I just like Friday the 13th (the date and the movie franchise; for more on the latter subject see here) so I thought I'd mention it.

Moving on to a more relevant topic, we have today's PFP entry; aka the sixth entry in the A.A. Is For August series; aka the ninth entry in the Cool Lam series Give 'Em The Ax.



Also known as the Kommandant's favorite cover out of the stack of dusty paperbacks that inspired this series.

I'd elaborate but I've got to get back to working on tonight's shop update. Plus I don't really have anything to add - not even a cover credit.

(PS: Why is it so hard to find credit for these mapback books?)

(PPS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen in the Pulp Fiction Project set in my Flickr photostream, here.)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

owls don't blink

(aka A.A. Is For August #5)

I think I mentioned previously our run of numerical matching would end around book / entry #6 but, actually, the first gap in the stack of dusty paperbacks that inspired this series occurred at #5.

And of course the previous statement was made in the past tense on purpose, as the husband stumbled across a copy of the fifth Fair / Gardner Cool / Lam novel, Double Or Quits, in our thrifting travels this past weekend. (Oh that husband!)

At first I was going to save it for a later date, in an effort to stick with the original game plan, but since we were just talking about Robert McGinnis last week I figured I'd add it in.


Cover painting by Robert McGinnis


Speaking of sticking with the original plan, here is it's successor, aka the original subject of this post, Owls Don't Blink.


Possibly one of the greatest pulp fiction covers ever! (Although I may be a bit prejudice, I have an owl "thing.")

(PS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen in the Pulp Fiction Project set in my Flickr photostream, here.)

Monday, August 9, 2010

spill the jackpot

(aka A.A. Is For August #4)

As mentioned previously, I wasn't paying too much attention when the husband gifted himself this lot of books and, since I knew he purchased them for reading purposes, when they arrived and I flipped through the stack I was surprised to see how great the covers were. (Thus the A.A. Is For August concept.)

I was also surprised when I flipped trough the stack to see that four of the fourteen books were of the mapback variety; including today's entry, Spill The Jackpot.

(Yes, both the fourth in the A.A. Fair, aka Erle Stanley Gardner, Cool / Lam series and this month long PFP blog post series. Don't worry, that part will end soon.)


Cover by George A. Frederiksen


(PS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen in the Pulp Fiction Project set in my Flickr photostream, here.)

Friday, August 6, 2010

gold comes in bricks

(aka A.A. Is For August #3)

It's the first Friday in August; which means it's time for the third entry in the A.A. Is For August series, conveniently featuring the third entry in the A. A. Fair / Erle Stanley Gardner penned Cool / Lam mysteries.

(I'm not sure how much longer the numbers will match up, I think we'll veer off track around #6.)


Cover painting by Robert McGinnis


Interestingly, McGinnis is one of the more prolific artists of the genre and covers featuring his artwork have made three previous PFP appearances so far: here, here and here.

(PS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen in the Pulp Fiction Project set in my Flickr photostream, here.)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

turn on the heat

(aka A.A. Is For August #2)

Continuing our survey of the newest stack of dusty paperbacks to take up residence on our bookshelves we have, appropriately, the second in the series of mysteries penned by Erle Stanley Gardner under the pseudonym A.A. Fair, Turn On The Heat.


Cover illustration by Victor Kalin


Much like the previous entry, this is a great book both in contents and covers. Although I've read about seven Cool / Lam novels so far and have yet to find one I didn't enjoy. At this point it seems unlikely I will.

(PS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen in the Pulp Fiction Project set in my Flickr photostream, here.)

Monday, August 2, 2010

the bigger they come

(aka A.A. Is For August #1)

As promised yesterday, today we kick off our month long Pulp Fiction Project sub-project, "A.A. is for August," appropriately with the first of the 29 Bertha Cool / Donald Lam Mysteries, The Bigger They Come.


Cover illustration by Maurice Thomas


Needless to say, the front and back covers are fantastic but, actually, I read this book and it was really good. I would also say I don't think it's necessary to start with the first one in order to enjoy any other entry in the series but this mystery also establishes the characters of the two main characters and kind of lays the groundwork of their relationship.

Tune in Wednesday for our next installment.

(PS: Larger versions, as well as covers of books that have found their way on to the blog previously, can be seen in the Pulp Fiction Project set in my Flickr photostream, here.)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

a.a. is for august

I think I mentioned in passing the husband having a birthday a couple weeks ago. In case you think this trivial fact has nothing to do with the Pulp Fiction Project, I present exhibit A.A.:


AKA the batch of A.A. Fair (AKA Erle Stanley Gardner) novels the husband found on Ebay at some point and decided to gift himself.

(Interestingly, I also bought him some vintage paperbacks as part of his bithday present; on etsy, courtesy this lovely seller.)

I have to admit, I didn't really pay too much attention when he mentioned it to me. (Although we are regular married folk, with all of the things that come along with being regular married folk in terms of answering to the IRS, we also still have separate bank accounts and thus the benefit of being able to spend our spending money as we choose, without answering to the other.)

However when they arrived & I flipped through the stack I could not believe how great the covers were! I really wanted to do something with them as a group, even though each one is worthy of their own post, and I think I've figured out a way to do both.

For the month of August the Pulp Fiction Project is dedicated to working our way through this stack; and since there are more books in said stack than there are Fridays in the month, starting tomorrow, I'll be doing PFP posts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Sounds fun right? The official Jade Pussycat office mascot, GG Allin Doll, thinks so.

And for a fella euphemistically covered in his own poo he's a pretty fun guy.

(BTW, I don't think I've posted much about GG here have I? Which is interesting, since I do tend to let him sneak into photos every so often. We'll have to save that subject for a future post.)

Anywhoo, tune in tomorrow for the first installment. In the meantime you can take a peek at the previously blogged novel that started his / my interest in all things Cool and Lam here and here.