Saturday, November 6, 2010

Paperback 368: Voodoo Planet & Plague Ship / Andrew North (Ace D-345)

Paperback 367: Ace Double D-345 (PBO & 1st ptg, 1959)

Title: Voodoo Planet / Plague Ship
Author: Andrew North / Andrew North
Cover artist: Ed Emshwiller / Uncredited [Ed Valigursky]

Yours for: $13

AceD345.Voodoo

Best things about this cover:
  • In the future, cell phone earpieces will be silly, cumbersome contraptions that double as coffee makers.
  • "Golly, these black vikings are a lot less primitive than I thought!"
  • Love the squiggle-edged script on the title. You can really feel the voodoo.

AceD345.PlagueShip

Best things about this other cover:

  • "The Galaxy" ordered their destruction!? Wait ... "their?" Him and the bird?!?!
  • Bird: "Run, Steve, Run! They'll never understand our love!"
  • That is the longest, slimmest, most slowly tapering rocket I've ever seen.

Page 123~

And yet the hunting Hoobat was sure that the invading pests were within.

This book clearly had merchandising potential. I want a hunting Hoobat action figure to put between Batwoman and Samurai Jack on my bookshelf.

~RP

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5 comments:

Gregory said...

Andrew North is presumably Andre Norton, right? The stories look excellent. The covers make them irresistible.

Breccia said...

Only 13 dollars for such an awesome early Andre Norton? Damn, that's tempting. I usually don't even consider buying what I see here, but this? The covers are fantastic.

I own both books in later editions. They're not bad at all, and Plague Ship has been one of my favourites for years.

Martin O'Hearn said...

The racing stripes on the Plague Ship rocket are pretty much an artist's signature for Ed Valigursky.

Rex Parker said...

Thanks, Martin.

DemetriosX said...

isfdb.org confirms Valigursky as the artist for Plague Ship. They cite the ACE Image Library as their source, so that looks pretty solid.