Showing posts with label Riverboat. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Riverboat. Show all posts

Friday, July 12, 2013

Paperback 670: Sangaree / Frank G. Slaughter (Popular Library G100)

Paperback 670: Popular Library G100 (1st ptg, 1952)

Title: Sangaree
Author: Frank G. Slaughter
Cover artist: Uncredited

Yours for: Not for Sale (gift to the collection from Laurie Gagne)


Best things about this cover:
  • Before the gas engine, water-skiing was a tedious sport, full of failure and shirtlessness.
  • I've seen this artist's work before. I feel like there are at least a small handful of covers from this period that feature variations on this exact scene—nude female swimmer, boobs buoyant but modest, being looked down upon by startled/probably aroused man. Don't recall ever seeing this hand gesture before, though. "Yo, Sangaree! Little help?"
  • Perspective here seems off. She'd have to be 6-10 feet back in the water, but that rope looks about 18 inches long.
  • "Sangaree! Sangarah! Sangaree! Sangara-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha..."


Best things about this back cover:
  • Me? How far will *I* go? I'll need some context. Also possibly some liquor.
  • Translation–"taunted him with her nakedness" = "was naked"; "taking" = "raping" (see picture).
  • Opening intro / teaser page: "I'LL HAVE YOU NOW!" ... "Toby Kent, starved these long months for even the sight of a woman, undid the straining bodice of the wench's gown. Beneath it, as he had guessed, was nothing but the magnificently-breasted body of the girl who called herself Dolly Lake." I was going to use "buoyantly-boobed" earlier, but "magnificently-breasted" is so much classier.

Page 123~

"The next ball," said Gabriel casually, "will be just two inches lower. Will you back up now or take it up your snout?"

The greatness of this line really depends upon the kind of "ball" you're imagining.


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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Paperback 348: River Queen / Charles N. Heckelmann (Graphic Giant G-221)

Paperback 348: Graphic Giant G-221 (2nd ptg, 1957)

Title: River Queen
Author: Charles N. Heckelmann
Cover artist: Uncredited

Yours for: $6


Best things about this cover:

  • That's up there with the most maniacal expressions I've ever seen on these covers
  • Either his upper body is way out of proportion to his lower body, or that is one blousey top
  • Look at his right pinky—it's like he's holding a cup of tea
  • Her boobs are going to come out of that dress in 5, 4, 3 ...
  • Fear hand!
  • "Rawhide II: Rawhider!"
  • "War and Love on the Mighty ... Missouri?" Really? I'm sure it's a fine river, but it feels like carob to the Mississippi's chocolate, i.e. a poor substitute
  • "Heckelmann?" Really?


Best things about this back cover:

  • That boat explosion looks like it was drawn by a child—a child who has no concept of how things explode. I mean, the boat appears to be utterly intact. The explosion lines are comically straight and debris-free. The explosion *does* appear to have catapulted those two fighting guys high into the air—that's *pretty* realistic.
  • "Indian-proof," HA ha. Wonder what SPF that is.
  • "Hey, baby, mind if I battle my way up your flaming shores...?"
Here's the title page illustration:


Page 123~

The flag whipped jauntily in the stiff, morning breeze.

That comma is super ridiculous.


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