Showing posts with label Western Novel Classic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Western Novel Classic. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Paperback 171: Hell on the Pecos / Ed Earl Repp (Western Novel of the Month 4)

Paperback 171: Western Novel of the Month No. 4 (1st ptg, n.d.)

Title: Hell on the Pecos
Author: Ed Earl Repp
Cover artist: [A. Leslie Ross?]

Yours for: $15

Best things about this cover:

  • I love how excited the book is that it's "FULL-LENGTH"
  • This early western version of polo never caught on, for some reason
  • Impossibly positioned horses engaging in some kind of horse ballet while ruddy-cheeked young men with fancy neckwear fire over yonder.
  • What is that cloud under the horse's snout? Is that his breath? Given what the cowboys are wearing, I don't think it's cold enough out to see a horse's breath. Maybe Jim's bullets release a little burst of perfume midair to cover the stench of manure / death.
  • Seriously, their cheeks are ruddy. Either they're very ashamed of something or they both insulted the same dame. Or their gigantically-lipped grandmother just kissed them both goodbye.

Back cover, shmack cover. It's the same boring word pattern that all Western Novel Classics have.

Page 123~

"Kelton - Burt Kelton!" panted the old man laboriously. "He come t' the house about a half hour ago! Knocked me out, but I come t' pronto an' sneaked away t' find yuh! That jasper's gone plumb loco, Montany! Yuh better go there!"

Behold the majesty of Western Dialogue! Not surprisingly, this guy is addressing someone named "Montana." Apparently old men in the west were required to change terminal "a"s to "y"s. "That jasper's gone plumb loco!" may take over as the subtitle of this blog some day.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Paperback 159: Room for the Rolling M / Bertrand Sinclair (Western Novel Classic 112)

Paperback 159: Western Novel Classic 112 (PBO, 1951)
Title: Room for the Rolling M
Author: Bertrand W. Sinclair
Cover artist: Uncredited [A. Leslie Ross? Norman Saunders?]

Yours for: $15

Best things about this cover:

  • "M" is about the last letter I would expect to "roll" anywhere. Too angular.
  • That window is some kind of brittle scrim - made out of confectionery, perhaps. Glass does not break like that or look like that.
  • His neckerchief is fetching. I also like the shirt. I think this guy has a really bad sunburn or is a rodeo clown. Otherwise, what's up with the aggressively red cheeks?
  • His left hand looks contorted / evil.
  • What is that "HP" in the corner of the window?
  • I love that I can read "Warrant for Arrest" on the document that he has handily tucked inside his gun belt.
  • At least this guy can hold a gun, unlike some recent Western cover guys I've featured.

I would show you a back cover, but it's just the same as the last Western Novel Classic back cover. Ho + Hum.

Page 123~
As Mike passed out a rotund Chinaman came bearing a tray.

Poor Mike. I guess it's like they always say: Beware rotund Chinamen bearing trays.


Friday, October 31, 2008

Paperback 157: Both Sides of the Law / Bertrand W. Sinclair (Western Novel Classic 110)

Paperback 157: Western Novel Classic 110 (PBO, 1951)
Title: Both Sides of the Law
Author: Bertrand W. Sinclair
Cover artist: [A. Leslie] Ross

Yours for: $15

Best things about this cover:

  • "Claude Akins and/or Andy Griffith is ... This Guy!"
  • That horse has a mangy mohawk and its eyes look Freaked Out
  • I am tired of these covers where people hold (and fire) guns at ridiculous angles. What is with the inside-out wrist flip here? That thing should kick out of his hand.
  • I'm gonna say gun beats lasso.
  • Why is he being lassoed??? Is he a performer in the world's most dangerous rodeo?
  • I guess he is a sheriff (the badge) and is also being hunted for some reason (the lasso). He needs to tie his kerchief tighter.

Best things about this back cover:

  • Wow, talk about lo-concept.
Page 123~

"But from my angle when I sat into this game, an' from the way you acted right from the first time you laid eyes on me, appearances were against you. When I expressed my opinion of you last night, it was my honest belief. I was dead certain at that minute that I was right. It seems that I was wrong."

"From one cowpoke to another, I honestly love you."