Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Paperback 127: The Up-Tight Blonde / Carter Brown (Signet P3955)

Paperback 127: Signet P3955 (PBO, 1969)

Title: The Up-Tight Blonde
Author: Carter Brown
Cover artist: Robert McGinnis

Yours for: $9


Best things about this cover:

  • The phrase "naked chicks"
  • The McGinnis girl in the painting; the one holding the painting, on the other hand, is a hot mess and / or a transsexual.
  • What has she got in her left hand? Some kind of orb or yo-yo? Is she trying to hypnotize me? That orb, coupled with the expression on her face, is freaking me out.
  • I don't know what you call the "color" of this book, but it's Hideous. I think I'm going to name it "cheap luggage" or "walrus"


Best things about this back cover:

  • Oh yes, the girl from the painting looks much better in stark isolation like this.
  • The back cover copy goes from making every naked reference and pun in the book until finally devolving into a ... Monopoly metaphor?
  • "A new kind of flesh game" - remind me - What was the old kind?
  • Is that what they call "negative space?" All that ... emptiness in the top half of this cover? Bold aesthetic choice. Or else the printer just wasn't centered. Who knows?

Page 123:
Her eyes rolled listlessly as she turned away. I backhanded her against the nearest side of her face, and her head jerked upright again.


Thus answering the question: What do you do with a blonde who's UP-TIGHT? (A: You smack her in the face so that her head jerks UPRIGHT). Read all about it in "Al Wheeler's Man's Man's Guide to Manhandling Naked Chicks."

~RP

5 comments:

gnarwhal said...

I think you call the colour of this cover "Carter Brown", in the vein of "Duck Egg Blue" or "Regency Green"

That is one fugly uptight blonde and i would be remiss in my readers duty if i were not to point out the fact that neither the chick in the painting or the chick holding the painting are in fact naked

Maughta said...

Hi Rex,

Maughta from Judge a Book here. I so enjoy Pop Sensation! Was wondering if you'd be interested in cross-posting some of your cover snark on my blog. We could do Pop Sensational Tuesdays or something equally (well, really, something much more) funny. I get about 500 hits a day, so it's a nice venue.

Let me know!

judgeabook@yahoo.com

Zach M. said...

I very nearly died at the word "walrus". Thanks Rex! Needed a laugh tonight.

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