Title: Too Many Girls
Author: Don Tracy
Cover artist: uncredited
Yours for: $9
Best things about this cover:
- Her expression! Everything about her face and body language says "I Hate You."
- I believe an oncoming train is about to drive right into this studio
- "OK, you can take five, Ms. Marshall. I'll just lean against the wall here and stare at you creepily while holding my whiskey bottle at a suggestive angle, OK? OK."
- Wait, if he's a newspaper photographer, shouldn't he care "what kind of pictures he took?"
"Steve, can you come in here for a sec."
"Sure boss, what's up?"
"Well, we wanted some shots for the story on the economic crisis..."
"Well, this is a photo of two squirrels kissing. And this appears to be a half-eaten sandwich."
"It is ... what's your point?"
Best things about this back cover:
- So he was the guy responsible for the MAGRUDER film ... fascinating.
- This guy is every "hard-boiled" cliché rolled into one, then boiled down to some kind of paste, and then smeared all over the soul of any decent person who comes into contact with him.
- Apparently, you cannot be a "top-notch reporter" and "all woman" simultaneously. You have to do some kind of Clark Kent / Superman switch.
- I like how we're supposed to believe that Elaine turned Ed out instead of vice versa. "You'll be a pimp and like it! [smack!] Take your money, you little bitch! [kick! smack!]"
The girl he'd been with was a tall, dark-haired girl, with a million-dollar build. She was canned-up proper and her eyes were kind of glassy.
She had undoubtedly been reading "The Day the Machines Stopped"
"Canned-up proper" is my new favorite expression