Monday, January 8, 2018

Paperback 1005: All Men Are Liars / John Stephen Strange (Dell 438)

Paperback 1005: Dell 438 (1st ptg, 1950)

Title: All Men Are Liars
Author: John Stephen Strange
Cover artist: Robert Stanley

Condition: 6/10
Estimated value: $5-10

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Best things about this cover:
  • "I solemnly swear ... aw, who am I kidding? All men are liars, amirite!? Up top!"
  • Her side-eye! I really should have a "Women Looking At Losers" blog tag. (See Paperback 1004)
  • Her mustard suit is smokin'
  • Shouldn't "man about town" be hyphenated? ... wow, even dictionaries seem divided on this one. One thing no one's divided on: the Ben Affleck movie "Man About Town" is probably best left back in 2006.

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Best things about this back cover;
  • Mapback!
  • Love the Gay '90s font on the title, wtf
  • How have they managed to make Manhattan look so boring? So many things on that island we get ... a generic courtroom interior!?
  • The crossword maker in me is like "hmm... is HDQRS really a valid abbr.?"
Page 123~

Won Way Street rose and strolled across the well of the court.

Sorry. I'm dead. That name just killed me.

~RP

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Paperback 1004: The Dark Chase / David Goodis (Lion 133)

Paperback 1004: Lion 133 (PBO, 1953)

Title: The Dark Chase (Nightfall)
Author: David Goodis
Cover artist: [Julian Paul]

Condition: 4/10
Estimated value: let's say $50

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Best things about this cover:
  • My god her radiant disappointment is glorious! He was supposed to take her someplace swell tonight, I bet.
  • Fantastic contrast between the tagline and the picture: "100 Savage Hours ... of Johnny Cleancut Polishing His Gun"
  • "Ed Harris and Audrey Totter are ... Bored in Peoria!"
  • She has what Christa Faust calls "Bitch Eyebrows"—great ones—and I don't know what you call that 1/2 akimbo hipcock of exasperation, but it's working. Truly GGA (Great Girl Art)
  • This is the third cover in my collection (so far) with the "Paul" signature. The first one was ... the very first paperback I ever wrote about.

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Best things about this back cover:
  • Yeah. *That's* the part of the front cover we all want to look at again.
  • My name is Jim Vanning / I'm way into canning / You all won't believe / The great ketchup I'm planning.
  • I have a gun ... I will use it on them, on the whole gang of them ... and I will use it in a box ... and I will use it on a fox ...
  • Real talk: David Goodis is one of the titans of paperback noir and this book is a treasure. It's beat to fuck, but in the most aesthetically perfect and readable way. Quintessential, this one.

Page 123~

He splurged on a brocaded robe.

Ew.

~RP

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Paperback 1003: Corinne / King Coral (Bee-Line 175)

Paperback 1003: Bee-Line 175 (PBO, 1967)

Title: Corinne
Author: King Coral
Cover artist: photo cover

Condition: 7/10
Estimated value: $25-30

[Newest addition to the Doug Peterson Collection]

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Best things about this cover:
  • Ariel? ... What happened?
  • I'm not familiar with the various forms of cantilevering and what not that are used in women's undergarments but that top seems physically impossible
  • LOL King Corals' fancy af signature stamp. "I'm an icon! I'm a brand name!" he said to himself as he sat behind the wheel of his Toyota Tercel in the parking lot at the West Covina Safeway ...
  • OK that fabric is pretty hot. I would wear a tie with that pattern for sure.
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Best things about this back cover:
  • "I quit!" said American everyman Pete Diamond. "Sure, whatever," replied his boss.
  • TEXAS is a state. NEW ORLEANS is a city. MIAMI ... is in a smaller font for some reason. THE COVER DESIGNER should be fired.
  • Pete Diamond sounds like a sex addict / serial killer. I don't know what's protecting Corinne, but she's lucky.

Page 123~

She was laughing now. Suddenly and loudly she'd broken into laughter as though I'd pulled the world's funniest funny.

"Is this how words work?" Pete funnied. "I have nil idea!"

~RP

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