Sunday, October 28, 2012

Paperback 576: The Day the Sea Rolled Back / Mickey Spillane (Bantam 14597-5)

Paperback 576: Bantam 14597-5 (1st ptg, 1981)

Title: The Day the Sea Rolled Back
Author: Mickey Spillane
Cover artist: Maroto (?) — book is illustrated (!?) by "Maroto"

Yours for: $16
Best things about this cover:
  • In honor of Hurricane Sandy (and just because it's next in line), I give you: the opposite of a storm surge!
  • I assume that chest is full of Cheerios 'cause no way that kid lifts it otherwise.
  • I'm weirdly in the middle of the latest Lemony Snicket book (gorgeously illustrated by Seth), which features a strange ex-sea landscape like the one suggested here.
  • Unless Hammer is about to emerge from behind that boat skeleton and put some .45-sized holes in those kids, I don't think I want to read this book.


Best things about this back cover:
  • Mickey Spillane: Stud.
  • If you ever wondered what it would be like if Mickey Spillane wrote a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book ... well, first of all, you are alone, and second of all, here you go!
  • Bar code! Well there's an unwelcome stylistic development ...

Page 23~ (it's only 119 pages long)
They scrabbled for footholds in the irregular crevasses of the ballast rock, then got past them and hauled themselves to the top by grabbing hold of the thumb-thick sea grasses.
Nothing good was ever "thumb-thick." Nothing.


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Tosser said...

Esteban Maroto is a Spanish artist who worked for Warren Magazines in the 70's. Later he did a fair amount of paperback covers and interior illustrations. His best work may have been for the Ace book CONAN AND THE SORCERER. Lots of female nudity, which was his real specialty.

DemetriosX said...

If the sea goes out and doesn't come back in, doesn't that usually mean a tsunami is on the way? I can't imagine any plausible scenario where the tide goes out and just stays there.

Nothing good was ever "thumb-thick." Nothing.
A nice slab of prime rib? A serving of fine whisk(e)y?