Thursday, June 26, 2014

Paperback 794: Buffalo Bill / Shannon Garst (Pocket Book Jr. J-48)

Paperback 794: Pocket Books Jr. J-48 (2nd ptg, 1955)

Title: Buffalo Bill
Author: Shannon Garst
Cover artist (and illus.): Louis Glanzman

Yours for: $9


Best things about this cover:

  • Bed hat.
  • Three keys to killing Indians: big-ass hands, mustache wax, and fringe for miles.
  • This is a pretty bad cover—a portrait-studio picture mapped onto a generic, over-bright backdrop filled with a montage of tiny, generic "action" scenes.


Best things about this back cover:
  • Thanks for the buffalo-killing, dick weed.
  • William F. Cody met danger early. Then he had lunch, took a nap, and went to Pilates.
  • I like Yellow Hand because it sounds like a 19c. name for a nefarious Chinese criminal organization, rather than what it is—a mistranslation of Yellow Hair, a Cheyenne warrior Cody shot and scalped. "Ever the showman, Buffalo Bill returned to the stage [] his show highlighted by a melodramatic reenactment of his duel with Yellow Hair. He displayed the fallen warrior's scalp, feather war bonnet, knife, saddle and other personal effects" (wikipedia). Again, I say, dick-weed.

Page 123~

The redskins knew the country and were as hard to hunt down as the wild animals of the forest.

Everything you need to know about American attitudes toward Native Americans in one short sentence. (cc Dan Snyder)


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Stoutcat said...

It's really tough to tell, but for a book about Buffalo Bill, shouldn't there be, well, actual buffalo on the cover somewhere?

John "Ol' Chumbucket" Baur said...

Bill had killed all the buffalo, there was nothing for the artist to use as a model. Dick weed. (Bill, not the artist)