Showing posts with label Bible. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bible. Show all posts

Monday, June 9, 2008

Paperback 111: Stars in My Crown / Joe David Brown (Teen Age Book Club T45)

Paperback 111: Teen Age Book Club T45 (1st ptg, 1956)

Title: Stars in My Crown
Author: Joe David Brown
Cover artist: Gould K. Hulse, Jr. (I think ... he's credited with the "decorations" on the inside)

Yours for: $7

Best things about this cover:

  • "I'm your new preacher and I aim to give my first sermon right here ... even if I am jaundiced and half-drunk. Or drunk and half-jaundiced. Or dronk and half-jundiced. Point is, I got me a 12-pound Bible and this here gun, so what I says goes. Now if I can just traverse this comically high door frame..." "That's a window, you moron!" "In the name of Jesus, you better shut up!"
  • Seriously, who taught this artist perspective? A five-year-old surrealist with bad eyes?
  • The colors are so ... life-like. If your life exists only in primary colors and whatever color that guy in the corner is.
  • Our hero looks like a sickly, less charismatic Robert Mitchum.
  • What is that thing protruding from the chin of the man in the SW corner? A growth? A pouch of some kind? I want to say "beard" but ... it's got oddly regularly molded ridges on the end...

Best things about this back cover:

  • "Grandpa"
  • Why isn't this book called "Death Stalks the Parish" - it's a bit Agatha Christie, but it's a hell of a lot better than the current title
  • Teen Age Book Club: For Teen Agers who are too emaciated to read standing upright.
Page 123~

"They didn't have no lamps when Ah went to school," he said, "an' Ah reckon what was good enough for me is good enough for the chil'lun [... sic!] nowadays."