Friday, January 27, 2012

murder for two

Tonight's PFP entry finds us at the halfway point in this stack of paperbacks with Murder For Two by George Harmon Coxe; an author previously seen on the PFP last week. (AKA here.)

Unlike the previous Coxe entry, this is one of five novels to feature his Flash Casey character and, according to this page, first published in 1943 as a three part series in Black Mask Magazine under the title Blood On The Lens.



Not sure if this edition is another Gregg / Belew cover art pairing but, again, if someone tells me I will tell you.

(PS: As always, larger versions of these, 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, January 25, 2012

do not disturb

Lucky number seven in this stack of mapbacks is Do Not Disturb by Helen McCloy. Featuring a lovely redhead who has met a not so fortunate fate courtesy one presumedly very pointy pair of scissors. Ouch!


(Cover artists unknown; at least until one of my Flickr homies clues me in. At which point I will add the credit(s) in here.)


Interestingly McCloy, who employed the surname Clarkson as a pseudonym at least once, was also known by another name for about fifteen years: Mrs. Davis Dresser. (AKA Brett Halliday; AKA the creator of Mike Shayne.)

(PS: As always, larger versions of these, 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, January 20, 2012

the frightened pigeon

Up next in our survey of this stack of pulp fiction is The Frightened Pigeon by Richard Burke, featuring one of my favorite covers of the bunch.


Cover by Gerald Gregg / Mapback by Ruth Belew


(PS: See? I told you the last cover wouldn't be the last Gregg cover in the stack. I doubt this will be the last Belew mapback either. Both meant as an observation, not complaint.)

(PPS: As always, larger versions of these, 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.)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

no time to kill

Number five in this stack of gifted (as opposed to thrifted ;) Dell paperbacks is No Time To Kill by George Harmon Coxe.


Cover by Gerald Gregg / Mapback by Ruth Belew


The third book in this series to feature a cover by Gregg but likely not the last.

(PS: As always, larger versions of these, 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, January 13, 2012

alphabet hicks

Tonight we continue our stroll through this pile of pulp fiction with Alphabet Hicks, aka The Sound Of Murder, by Rex Stout.

Surprisingly, only the second Rex Stout book to be featured on the PFP. (The first can be seen here.) Particularly surprising because I read a few Nero Wolfe novels during the course of last year.


Cover by George A. Frederiksen / Mapback by Ruth Belew


Alphabet Hicks is not a Nero Wolfe mystery by the way. It's an Alphabet Hicks mystery and, from what I can tell, the only Stout novel to feature the "disbarred lawyer of thirty-five years and medium height, with yellowish-brown eyes, a big wide mouth and a good deal more energy than he lets people know about."

It's probably also the only pulp fiction paperback I'll ever come across with a cover featuring a tornado-esque vinyl whirling dervish menacing a couple. In other words, this will very likely be the inspiration for something Green Mist related in the future.

(PS: As always, larger versions of these, 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.)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

cobweb house

Next in our survey of this stack of mapbacks the husband gifted me over the holidays is Cobweb House by Elizabeth Hughes Holloway.


Cover by Otto Storch / Mapback by Ruth Belew


While I wasn't able to turn up any biographical information on Holloway, my search for info. on the front and back cover artists were slightly more fruitful. From his NYT obituary I learned Otto Storch was a graphic design pioneer who, after leaving his position at Dell, became the art director of McCall's Magazine. (A position he held from 1955 - 1969.)

And from this page on the Thrilling Detective website I learned:

"Belew was a Chicago artist who is credited with producing at least 150 maps, probably many more, between 1942 and 1951. She prepared the maps twice size in black ink on white cardboard, complete with banners and lettering. Then she sent them to Dell for approval. The maps were checked against the text for accuracy, changes were made, and a litho artist colored them."

Neat! I would love to see one of the original uncolored ink drawings.

(PS: As always, larger versions of these, 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, January 6, 2012

appointment with death

Continuing our stroll through this pile of pulp fiction, tonight's entry is Appointment With Death by Agatha Christie. The third Christie book to appear on the PFP (see here and here; it's the fourth if you count the two books in the first post separately) but, out of those, the first to feature one of her most well known characters, Hercule Poirot.


Curiously I've been unable to track down a credit for the cover but if I find one, I will add it in.

(ETA: Cover by Gerald Gregg)

(PS: Larger versions of these, 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, January 4, 2012

you only hang once

At the risk of bringing up a backdated topic, one of the self-appointed holiday traditions the Kommandant & I partake in each year is our annual NYE gift exchange. And, of course, I bring this up here because one of the things stuffed into my euphemistic stocking was a teetering stack of not too dusty, but in some cases a little taped up, pulp fiction.



Dell Mapbacks, no less! Each with a cover more fabulous, or equally as fabulous, as the next. (Sigh! That husband sure does know the way to my heart. By the same token, he loves this stuff as much as I do; he just doesn't love to blog. PS: I know GG Allin Doll doesn't look excited but, trust me, he is.)

Needless to say, choosing where to begin was a challenge. Fortunately there are numbers conveniently placed on the spine of each book, so I put them in ascending order, snapped the pic, and off we go with the book on the top of the stack, You Only Hang Once by H. W. Roden.


Cover by Gerald Gregg


This is one of the more taped up paperbacks (which, I think, is why it looks blurry in the first photo) but that won't stop me from enjoying it's covers or reading it on my next vacation.

(PS: Larger versions of these, 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.)