Friday, September 27, 2013

prettiest girl in town

Continuing our journey through this stack of paperbacks, next up is Prettiest Girl In Town by Thomas Fall.

Cover art by Charles Copeland

As mentioned in this post Copeland is also responsible for the cover of the top book in the stack; and, as also mentioned in said post, had I realized the connection at the time it's likely the stack would have stacked in a slightly different order. But we're past that now.

Anywhoo, I learned from perusing the page(s) on the Lynn Munroe site Copeland's work can be seen on many other book covers, a smattering of movie posters, and inside the pages of assorted men's magazines of the '50s, 60s and 70s. Naturally I had to take a brief flip through our magazine archive to see if I could find any examples of the latter & my search turned up two, courtesy the April 1957 issue of Bachelor and the August 1970 issue of Men respectively:

(PS: Larger versions of these pages - and pretty much everything else posted here - can be found in our flickr photostream here.)

Friday, September 20, 2013

captain rebel

Tonight we return to our regularly scheduled regular schedule with the next book in this pile of pulp fiction, Captain Rebel by Frank Yerby. A book I gather the husband was attracted to based on the cover art. Although it's entirely possible he may enjoy a rich, lusty story of a Confederate gunrunner.

(By the way, sorry for the brief unscheduled drop out there. It was actually a brief scheduled drop out; I just always forget to mention that stuff until I'm back to posting.)

Cover painting by Charles Binger

My lunchtime Google search didn't turn up too much information on Binger, save the fact he was a popular and respected artist up until his passing in the mid '70s whose work graced many a book cover and film poster, but interested parties can check out a gallery featuring some more of the former here.

Friday, September 6, 2013

the man within

Next up in this stack of paperbacks is another book that eventually became a film, The Man Within by Graham Greene.

For those who don't feel like following the links above, or as a supplement to the jazzy synopsis on the back cover below, I took the liberty of copying this explanatory paragraph, courtesy whoever was employed by Bantam at the time to write these type of things...

"Author Graham Greene, master of muted violence, tells with terrifying impact the story of a relentless manhunt. A manhunt for a smuggler who has informed on his cutthroat allies - a chase with the smell of blood tempting the pursuers deep into the night-filled English woods. And when the prey finally finds shelter and release in the enveloping love of a beautiful woman, the pack closes in. Here is a tale that strips bare a man's anguished soul, a man who could love and be loved, who could fight or fall - but who could not face himself."

Cover by Jules Karl

As is often the case, I don't have any biographical information to offer on the artist; fortunately this edition also contains a written interpretation of the artist's interpretation, presumably courtesy the same person who wrote the previous paragraph...

"Out into the swirling English mist steps a fear-tormented man, bent on a mission that would prove his courage - or destroy him. Behind him is a woman who has given her love without a question; behind him, too, is his knife, his only weapon against an enemy that presses ever closer. This is the moment of decision - and this is the tense situation depicted with all its thrilling implications by artist Jules Karl."

Should you care to see two other artist's renderings, you can do so here and here.