Showing posts with label Photos. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Photos. Show all posts

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Paperback 654: Virginia Woolf / Monique Nathan (Grove/Evergreen P34)

Paperback 654: Evergreen Profile Book P34 (PBO, 1961) (trans. from Fr.)

Title: Virginia Woolf
Author: Monique Nathan (trans. Herma Briffault)
Cover artist: photo cover

Yours for: $14


Best things about this cover:

  • I got this only because it seemed so unusual—a picture-heavy mass-market paperback bio of a major English author (and not a more likely subject for such a book, such as, say, Shaun Cassidy or Justin Bieber).
  • Then again, Grove Press was doing experimental, off-beat stuff all the time.
  • "Endpapers" are photos of waves.
  • There really are a shit-ton of b&w photos, and a short anthology of Woolf's work at the back.
  • Inscription: "For Kay from Mrs. Watson / 1964"; there's a whole novel right there.


Best things about this back cover:
  • Bah!

Page 123~

To find it good, lacking fame, to cloak oneself in proud solitude is not always merely a theatrical attitude. 


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Monday, March 21, 2011

Paperback 394: The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. Magazine (Feb. 1967)

Paperback 394: The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (Feb. 1967)

Author: Robert Hart Davis et al.
Cover artist: Uncredited

Yours for: $5


Best things about this cover:
  • Pretty sure the teal pen outline of the gun-toting figures is not original.
  • Photo was actually lifted from publicity stills for the failed "That Girl!" spinoff entitled "That Hat!"
  • There is rather remarkable definition / shading on the boobs here. Hard to see because the damned hat is so distracting, but it's there...
  • Zebra skin makes the best shoes.


Best things about this back cover:

  • Yet another publicity still, this one from the short-lived cover band / duo called "The Karpenters"

Page 123~

Finally he said, "Okay, Canard, but this only works once. I got friends in the D.A.'s office, too. When I get that envelope, you're a dead man."

"Sooner or later, Degna, we all are."

Yeesh, that's a line even "CSI: Miami" would've thrown away.


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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Paperback 318: A New Kind of Love / Henry Williams (Dell 6329)

Paperback 318: Dell 6329 (PBO, 1963)

Title: A New Kind of Love
Author: Henry Williams
Cover artist: photo cover

Yours for: $9

Best things about this cover:
  • This photo does not say "sizzling." It says "awkward last kiss before I plummet to my death."
  • If you invert the book, Woodward's position makes sense. That is also the only way Newman's pose makes sense. Which raises the question — why is it upside-down? I'm sure it's a metaphor, but I can't see how making them look like acrobats/monkeys helped move any more books.
  • Nice gams.

Best things about this back cover:
  • "Samantha soon realized that something was missing. Like, for instance, a man." — sounds like "The Old Kind of Love" to me.
  • If she was a career girl, then she was already a "new woman." She's Becoming Eye Candy, which I'm all for, but it's not new.
  • Sadly, the photos are not, as advertised, "provocative." Although this one ... has potential. She looks like something out of a gay space-age western:

Page 123~

"Isn't it charming?" Felicienne said. "It's so large, it's gone beyond bad taste and come out on the other side, chic, elegant, bizarre."

You'll be happy to know she's talking about a diamond.


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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

LIFE magazine - searchable photo database

I just discovered (via writer Duane Swierczynski's "Secret Dead Blog") that LIFE magazine has a giant, easily searchable photo database - tons of classic greatness, which I will surely pillage for my blog(s) in the future. Here's a gem: crime fiction legend Mickey Spillane proudly posing with paperback versions of his (exceedingly popular) books:

And this ... this is just one of the greatest photos ever taken: