Thursday, September 5, 2013

Paperback 692: Give a Man a Gun / Leslie Ernenwein (Gold Medal 220)

Paperback 692: Gold Medal 220 (PBO, 1952)

Title: Give a Man a Gun
Author: Leslie Ernenwein
Cover artist: Uncredited

Yours for: $12


Best things about this cover:
  • You know what they say: "Give a man a gun, he'll ... shoot some fish ... something something."
  • Fear hand—man style!
  • "Trigger tramp" = "closeted cowboy," I think. "Don't judge me just 'cause I got this ascot and your girlfriend and these dance moves and you didn't!"
  • "His gun made him a man—the story of a Very Western Prosthesis."


Best things about this back cover:
  • OK, stop right there: CLEE? Give a man a name, why don't you?
  • Everybody from Texas—we get it, you're from Texas. You can take off the hat now.
  • I wonder what's next from the very Westernly named Leslie Ernenwein—maybe "Give a Gun a Gun" or "Gun Night in Guntown" or "The Joy Luck Gun Club."

Page 123~

He went out to his horse then and stowed the two bottles in his saddlebags. Seeing Doc Stonecypher come down the Empire Hotel steps, Dude called, "How's Johnny Frayne?"

Doc Stonecypher replied, "Hmmm, I'd say fair-to-middlin'. Gotta go now. Gotta fight Spider-Man."


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D.A. Trappert said...

Although I had never heard of him before, Mr. Ernenwein appears to be a very prolific author. Among his other works are Ramrod from Hell, Bullet Barricade, Renegade Ramrod, Gun Hawk, and The Gun-Hung Men (I kid you not). His papers are available at the University of Arizona. He wrote features for a Tucson newspaper.

ecanarensis said...

""His gun made him a man—the story of a Very Western Prosthesis.""
Okay, I have to write off the rest of the day because I pulled about 17 muscles laughing at this.
(Not to mention I've spent the first half of the day reading these...can't believe I never ran across this blog before. Brilliant!)