Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Paperback 31: Bantam 1679

Paperback 31: Bantam 1679 (1st ptg, 1957)
Title: Pal Joey
Author: John O'Hara
Cover artist: Barye Phillips

Best things about this cover:

  • Ring-a-ding-ding, this cover rules in every way.
  • Not the greatest likeness of Frank, but cool nonetheless.
  • Love the cover design - the font, the colors - and love the cocky pose Frank is striking.
  • Even the inside of his trench coat looks cool.
  • I wanna be a "two-bit nightclub heel"! That's a great phrase. Considering that one of my students today sent out a message to the entire class (240 students) saying that I am ugly and look like a monkey ... I would love to be called a "two-bit heel" right about now.

Best things about this back cover:

  • More great design. Love the colors, and the circles diminishing into the background. The chick in fishnets with her hips thrust forward isn't bad either.
  • World's tiniest movie stills.



Michael5000 said...

All right, then...

You're a heel, Rex.

A glittering, two bit heel.

There, I said it.

Anonymous said...

The John O'Hara? "The Horse Knows the Way," and all those? Why have I never read this? Have you been hiding this from me? Yes, because you don't want anyone to actually Read your books. Do we have a beatup second copy downstairs?

Anonymous said...

Hey, here's "make" used again for having sex (remembering "Let's Make Mary").