Showing posts with label James McKimmey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label James McKimmey. Show all posts

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Paperback 491: 24 Hours to Kill / James McKimmey (Dell First Edition B169)

Paperback 491: Dell First Edition B169 (PBO, 1961)

Title: 24 Hours to Kill
Author: James McKimmey
Cover artist: Robert McGinnis

Yours for: $10


Best things about this cover:
  • Dishevelment, thy name is this lady.
  • I like the double entendre of this title: "She had 24 hours to kill ... everyone in the room!"
  • Let me answer the obvious question: yes, Robert McGinnis painted everything in sight from about 1957-64. Every paperback cover, every magazine cover, every line on every freeway, etc.
  • Her slip is behaving oddly ... in relation to gravity, I mean. It's somehow coming together in a lacy, snowflaky formation to prevent us from getting the upskirt view we all so richly deserve.
  • Her smirk is killer.


Best things about this back cover:
  • Paradox! The back cover copy writer's second-best friend after HYPERBOLE!
  • I want a business card that states my occupation as "Killer-hero of the state's young punks."
  • "Teen-age" my eye. I mean, look at her feet. Those bunions say a hard-worn 28, minimum.

Page 123~

He blinked, stunned. Then he said, "I'll be right down, Rod." He hung up and picked up the machine gun. "Stay here, Sue. Lock the door and don't leave this office under any circumstance." He strode out and down the marble steps, trying to control the wild anger surging in him. . . .

I find that when I'm trying to control my wild, surging anger, I'm more often successful when I'm *not* holding a machine gun.


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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Paperback 225: Winner Take All / James McKimmey (Dell First Edition A185)

Paperback 225: Dell First Edition A185 (PBO, 1959???)

Title: Winner Take All
Author: James McKimmey
Cover artist: Darcy (what's his first name?)

Yours for: don't know ...

I'm posting a book I don't have in front of me. I have its scans on my computer, but I don't know where it is, physically (buried in my collection, no doubt). I usually blog books that I have right in front of me, but I can't scan any new books til I replace my printer/scanner (soon), so I'm relying on old scans for the moment. I'll run across the book eventually. For now, enjoy the scans ...

Best things about this cover:

  • The abbreviation "GGA" (for Great Girl Art) gets attributed to a Lot of books, but this one truly deserves the tag. Wow. Shapely, classy, with an amazing face, exquisite hands, a stunning dress, and great dark accents giving her hair a kind of controlled kinetic feel. Yes, I will spend all my money at this table.
  • Sadly for her, her head appears to be bathing in a haze of smoke that starts somewhere around shoulder level.
  • Love how the red title tapers down into her hands, ending in a small pile of red chips
  • Always nice when an artist signs his work (or his signature doesn't get cropped in production). Here, Darcy has put the signature near where people are apt to look, i.e. in the vicinity of her rear end.

Best things about this back cover:

  • Well, I bet you didn't see that coming.
  • Before Garanimals, there was ... Paris Belts. "This one goes with gray, moron."
  • I can count on one hand the number of paperbacks that I own with advertisements on their back covers. Really truly odd/rare.
  • I actually love the design, with the different colored dots and then the same-sized logo with the little Paris man and his proud puffy shirt
  • Who wrote the cover copy, Yoda? "Rugged these belts are."
  • "the finest long-stretch elastic ever used in belt-making" - you don't say. Why, that is impressive.
  • Two of the belts have coats-of-arms, so you can rule Scotland in style.

No Page 123, sadly, as I have no book in front of me ... aargh. OK, I'm getting a printer/scanner tomorrow.