Thursday, July 15, 2010

Paperback 333: Fighting Generals / Phil Hirsch (Pyramid G496)

Paperback 333: Pyramid G496 (PBO, 1960)

Title: Fighting Generals
Editor: Phil Hirsch
Cover artist: Mel Crair

Yours for: $10

Best things about this cover:
  • Well, insofar as you can describe the "best things" about Nazis ... I'd say that is some fine portraiture. I love the expression on Rommel's face. He looks a bit like Colonel Klink. Accident?
  • How many insignias does one man need?
  • This title is superlame. I can't wait for the sequel, "Peaceful Generals." That, or "Fleeing Generals"

Best things about this back cover:
  • Hmmm. Design on this is pretty nice. Staggered photos, staggered descriptions, on a two-tone back ground. Kind of evokes the stripes on a flag. Kind of evokes chaos.
  • Of course the Russian sounds the worst. Hello, 1960! Fuck you, Commies!

Page 123~

The stooped old man looked harmless—but Hitler's killers knew he was a deadly threat to the Nazi empire!

This may be the first time my "Page 123" has been an above-the-chapter-title teaser. Dynamic!


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Frank said...

A general named "Doolittle" makes me laugh for some reason. I know there's a word for people whose names are a perfect descriptor of them (aptonyms?) but I wonder if there's a word for people whose names are the exact opposite.

Tulse said...

I don't think the title is lame at all -- the back cover makes clear that it's in contrast to "Sitting on Their Butts Back at HQ Generals".

It's interesting, though, that the cover features Rommel -- way to go with the patriotism, Pyramid!

Deb said...

What's the deal with putting the German general on the cover?? Oh yeah, this was the cold war--Nazis weren't as bad as those terrible Commies and their "kill Nazis, rape women" generals!

Anonymous said...

War porn on the level of raped virgins having orgasms and asking for more.