Saturday, June 12, 2010

Paperback 324: Keep Cool, Mr. Jones / Timothy Fuller (Dell 594)

Paperback 324: Dell 594 (1st ptg, 1952)

Title: Keep Cool, Mr. Jones
Author: Timothy Fuller
Cover artist: Robert Stanley

Yours for: $11


Best things about this cover:
  • If the ridiculously low-cut blouse didn't get you looking at her boobs, the gun is there to point you in the right direction.
  • "Get me a brisket, Mr. Jones."
  • "What? We like to be surrounded by cold slabs of meat when we do it. Don't judge us."
  • She has an interesting variation on Fear Hand™—like she's timidly waving at the gun-wielder ("uh ... hi honey") or about to sling her web à la Spidey.
  • Jupiter Jones ... and ... January Jones ... in ... 'We Meat Again'!


Best things about this back cover:
  • "For design inspiration, we're going to give you a hard-boiled egg and two dominoes."
  • You'd expect the final tagline to be some kind of outrageous pun or exciting teaser, not a *literal description of what you can see on the cover.*

Page 123~

Bateman put a telephone on the bar. When Jupiter walked up to it Joe nodded quickly at Maney and whispered, "Drunk and ugly. Watch it." And then, normally, "All the comforts of home."

~RP

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8 comments:

mr said...

Jupiter Jones was the name of the First Investigator in the "Three Investigators" series of boys mystery stories. Coincidence?

Jean said...

That's what I was going to say--what's the deal? Did the 3I author want to pay homage to his favorite pulp detective? Or what?

JamiSings said...

I'm glad I'm not the only Three Investigators fan here. First thought in my mind was "The only Jupiter Jones I know is a preteen boy who hangs with Pete Chrenshaw and Bob Andrews and is friends with Alfred Hitchcock!"

Tulse said...

Golly, how are Jupiter and the gorgeous blonde going to keep warm in that ice-box?

Sage Tyrtle said...

Now I know what to call that group of zanies that hangs out at the park. Phew. Grammar is important to me.

Larry said...

The unsung ending to "Me and Mrs. Jones (we got a thing goin' on)."

kicksywicksy said...

"...maybe you've been murdered!"

um, i'm fairly certain that's the kind of thing i'd have noticed.

Michael5000 said...

Ol' Jupe has really slimmed down since his days in the old trailer hidden in the junkyard...