Saturday, April 12, 2008

Paperback 81: Arizona Ames / Zane Grey (Pocket Books 80451)

Paperback 81: Pocket Books 80451 (6th ptg, 1973)

Title: Arizona Ames
Author: Zane Grey
Cover artist: Robert Schulz


Best things about this cover / back cover:

  • His hand!
  • His gun has its own gun.
  • I would never have touched this book if it weren't a. a wraparound cover that was b. painted by the magnificent Robert Schulz. This is far more photo-realistic than his earlier work (most of the stuff I have by him dates from the 50s). He captures movement better than almost any other paperback artist (Mitchell Hooks can, at times, give him a run for his money).
  • I like that this scene actually seems to depict the definitive moment in Arizona Ames's life: "... the time he'd shot three gunslingers while lying wounded on a saloon floor."
  • I want to know his "secret hurt." Really, I do. I'm sorely tempted to read this book.


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I sold my first book to a T.V. writer a couple days ago; when she wrote and asked if she could buy it, I suddenly realized that once I've blogged about these books, there's no reason they shouldn't go to a new home.

That is all.


Anonymous said...

Dear Rex Parker-Get a life! If you don't care for Robert McGinnis'paperbacks why don't you paint a few and we will all put you down. Your a creep!

Michael5000 said...

Wow, Robert McGinnis has a hater!

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