Author: Thorne Smith
Cover artist: Uncredited (possibly Charles L. McCann)
Yours for: SOLD! (8/22/08)
Best things about this cover:
- I can't believe that in the 1940's you could get away with a front cover featuring a transvestite man in the bed of a transsexual Joan Crawford impersonator. Progressive.
- I hope (for his sake) that those are his knees that are tenting that bed sheet.
- Look at the bloody talons peeking out from the sleeve of Man-Joan's candy-cane pyjamas. Run away, transvestite man, run away!
- I believe that Charles L. McCann illustrated this cover. Why? Well, this "woman" has McCann's signature noseless-alien design. Remember this looker, from one of McCann's illustrations in Let's Make Mary?
Of course you do.
I love that the front cover gives you No explanation of what exactly is going on with Joan and her John - you have to flip the book over to find out; not that things get much clearer ...
Best things about this back cover:
- "Ribald" - 40's code for "sexed-up"
- "It seems..."
- "Mr. Ram..." - because Egyptian gods like European formality
- "Tim now occupied his wife's body..." [!?]
- "personally" [???]
- Last sentence makes No grammatical sense - I believe "become" should be "becomes"; I know that Pocket Books had decent editors, so this is just embarrassing
- "... the most hilarious novel in many a moonshine" [which copy writers were clearly drinking when they wrote this up]
Thorne Smith was a terrifically popular "humor" writer of the 40's and 50's. I own several of his paperbacks. One features a lady with preposterous boobs not unlike Mr. Crawford's here, and she is riding a sheep. I know, you can't wait, but you'll have to.