Title: Rage in Heaven
Author: James Hilton
Cover artist: Uncredited (I have "Gonzales" written on the tag ... don't know why)
Best things about this cover:
- "Hey, nice uraeus" (try saying that to the next pretty lady you see — see where it gets you)
- For a very early paperback, this one is unusually realistic (and sexy) in its depiction of the female form. You don't start seeing real GGA (Good/Great Girl Art) until the late '40s. In the early years of mass market paperbacks, the cover art tends to be more abstract, or more in the vein of magazine illustration. Paperbacks were still concerned with aligning themselves with good (i.e. edifying, or at least inoffensive) books. The selling power of the Lurid had not yet impressed itself on the paperback sellers of America. It didn't take long.
- Looks like that soft shoe guy is getting zapped by the laser goggles of some space monster.
Best things about this back cover:
- Shakespeare Head Say: Reading is GOOD for you.
- Wartime book. Wartime message.
She felt then that he, Ward, was her husband, and that Philip, weak and puny on the bed in the next room, was their child, whom they had watched over and tended together.
That's some awkward role-playing game they've got going there.