Monday, March 19, 2018

Paperback 1012: Only For Money / Mark King (Unique Books 146)

Paperback 1012: Unique Books 146 (PBO, 1967)

Title: Only For Money
Author: Mark King
Cover artist: [looks like Eric Stanton, but I dunno...]

Condition: 6/10 (tight but warped)
Estimated value: ~$25-30

Best things about this cover:

  • Septuagenarian Barbarella brings grave tidings to Boris and Natasha's bondage party
  • There are so many things to say about this cover, and yet my eyes are having a hard time seeing anything but that hat / cape combo.
  • HatCape: for when your shoulders, mouth (!), and head are cold, but your boobs need air!
  • HatCape: for when you want to look sexy, but talking would only ruin it!
  • It's like three extras in three different low-budget genre flicks decided to meet up outside for a smoke break. Or like three porn actors have not been given sufficient direction: "Do you want to ... should we ... I mean, we're dressed like this, I assumed ... wait, why is there a trash can here? This does not make me feel sexy..."
  • I'm digging the light blue border. Sincerely.

Best things about this back cover:

  • Mmm. Minimalist.

Page 123~

He has no time to waste. He is anxious to expend himself. He puts his lips to the young girl's breast and, bending his body like a bow, shoots arrow after arrow into the soft flesh.

If you run a sex writing workshop, well, good news: I found your "Don't."


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Monday, March 12, 2018

Paperback 1011: She Wouldn't Surrender / James Kendricks (Monarch MA301)

Paperback 1011: Monarch MA301 (PBO, 1960)

Title: She Wouldn't Surrender
Author: James Kendricks
Cover artist: [Robert Maguire] (attribution from here) (and here)

Condition: 7/10
Estimated value: $20-25

Best things about this cover:

  • Wow, this really ticks all the boxes: naked redhead with a gun, painted by Robert Maguire, posing as "Americana," on one of the greatest mainstream sleaze imprints of the 20th century. Monarch Books got some of the greatest cover artists to work for them, and I love how they had all these subseries designed to give their softcore books a patina of respectabilty. Who could quibble with your passion for "Americana"!? Communists, that's who.
  • "Whoa, a *real* redhead! Wait'll I tell Wilb-" [gets shot in the neck]
  • My favorite part of this cover is weirdly her hat

Best things about this back cover:
  • Hmmm. It sounds like she *would* surrender, sometimes.
  • Sure, your girl has charms, but do they pulsate? Do They!?
  • OK, "Only the dead were incapable of remembering her" is kind of a good line
  • 🎶Wanton eyes! They're watching you! They see your Union boots...🎶

Page 123~

[nah, I don't like this page—it's all gruesome war stuff: horses being maimed and what not ... I much much prefer the teaser text on the opening page, headlined NAKED ENCOUNTER]
The soldier whirled. His eyes bulged at the sight of the naked girl, her magnificent breasts jouncing as she stopped abruptly to stare back at him wantonly [...] Too late he saw the weapon in her hand. Too long he had stared at the undulating breasts, the quivering eyes, the tantalizing smile...
JOUNCING! Part jiggling, part bouncing, all *deadly*!


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Friday, March 2, 2018

Paperback 1010: Georgia Boy / Erskine Caldwell (Signet 760)

Paperback 1010: Signet 760 (5th ptg, 1957)

Title: Georgia Boy
Author: Erskine Caldwell
Cover artist: James Avati (signed, not attributed)
Interior illustrations: Birger Lundquist (attributed on copyright page)

Condition: 8.5/10
Estimated value: $8-12

Best things about this cover:

  • Great Girl Art. Godawful Goon Art. I want to CGI that guy off of the cover.
  • "Check under your hood, ma'am? [snort]" Seriously make him go away.
  • That guy is not a "boy." In fact, I don't see any boys here at all. False advertising!
  • Caldwell was the king of "earthy" "bawdy" midcentury rural near-porn. Country folks are freer with their bodies—more like animals—dontcha know. I never got the appeal.
  • It's actually quite good art. I'm just not buying the guy at all. He looks uninterested—like he has a tire rotation to get back to.

Best things about this back cover:
  • No alloys here! Looking for alloys? Well, keep moving, buster!
  • "This reviewer" LOL. "It was a dark time ... personal pronouns were Forbidden!"
  • Ah, who could forget PA STROUP? Everyone? Oh, OK.
  • "Yardboy"

The best part of this book by far is the interior illustrations. From the copyright page: "The line drawings by Birger Lundquist are reproduced from the Swedish edition of Georgia Boy (Son av Georgia) by permission of the Forum Publishing Company, Stockholm, Sweden." Here are a couple examples (there's one on about every third page!):

[whoa, racy]
Page 123~
"He told me he wasn't married," Lucy told Ma. "He said he was a single man all the time."

"Single man!" Ma yelled.

She got red in the face again and ran to the fireplace for the poker.
Ah, good ole fire poker: a harried Ma's best friend.


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