Title: Great Smith
Author: Edison Marshall
Cover artist: Robert Stanley
Yours for: SOLD (June '09)
Best things about this cover (Where to begin!?):
- "I'm ... too sexy for this shirt..."
- Peek-a-boo pants!? Why not?
- World's least supportive bra: "Keeps your breasts from floating up toward your face!"
- "Great Smith"??? "Smith" somehow doesn't go - it's anticlimactic, like "Fabulous Jones." Unless this guy is, in fact, one hell of a blacksmith.
- I want all of you who read this to start using the exclamation "Great Smith!" in your daily lives in place of profanity.
This is definitely from the cheesier regions of my collections. Despite its bad condition, and its ordinariness, its cheapness, its run-of-the-millness, I love this book - or this cover, I should say; I certainly haven't read it. Stanley is a great realist cover artist, and though his women always look the same, his art has a softness to its edges that makes it very easy on the eye, very pleasant to stare at. Still, it's hard to imagine someone, anyone, looking at this book in line at the supermarket and thinking, "Wow, that guy is Hot!" That said, I would kill to look like him from the neck down.
This book also has a painted back cover! More art!
Best things about this back cover:
- "I bring you ... maize" (which here looks like a giant puff of smoke, likely the result of a sticker pull)
- "Magnificent, lusty love-making" - that's both graphic and oddly tepid
- I believe that knight to be quite anachronistic, unless Great Smith is jousting in some early RenFest