Title: Cropper's Cabin
Author: Jim Thompson
Cover artist: Kirwan
Yours for: $12
Best things about this cover:
- "Look ma, Sissy done given birth to a gun!"
- I love these '80s Black Lizards. They have their own unique look, a kind of '80s/'50s hybrid, rather than just looking like imitations / parodies of the vintage style. Lurid, but stylized.
- Wow, someone's been practicing his action-hand drawing.
- That lady's hair and dress are both aptly nightmarish.
- I like when artists signatures are visible, and especially when they are worked into the art itself (Robert Schulz did this quite a bit)
Best things about this back cover:
- Sadism, incest, and castration are (for better or worse) three of the most common themes in Thompson's writing.
- Don't like the design here so much: too texty, and it's all a little too left-justified.
- Black Lizard (post-Vintage buyout) was my entree into the world of hardboiled crime fiction. Someday I'll tell you the story of the bookstore point-of-purchase display that changed my life (or maybe I've already told that story—blog long enough, and you forget what you have and haven't told...)
I stopped and whuffed my nose out good and dug out my eyes, and it helped a lot. And my hands didn't slip any more. Because ...
Now, this is more like it, I thought. Why didn't I think of this ...
Because I wasn't holding on to anything.
Despite what it apparently means, 'whuffed' is my new favorite word.
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