Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Paperback 48: Pyramid G432

Paperback 48: Pyramid G432 (PBO, 1959)

Title: Private Eyeful
Author: Henry Kane
Cover artist: Robert Maguire

Yours For: SOLD! (4-18-08)

Best things about this cover:

Everything - this cover is so great that I actually have nothing mocking or jokey to say. It's gorgeous, and has so many of the elements I look for in a cover:

  • Girl with Gun (GWG)
  • Great Girl Art (GGA)
  • Great design
  • Great title
  • Gorgeous condition
Plus: Orange!? That's hot. You Never see a woman in an orange dress on these covers, let alone one wearing matching pumps! The heavy black outline makes her look a little bit like Miss Halloween, 1959, but whatever. It hardly matters. I love her. And she's a female detective - at a time when that was Not At All common, especially in the hardboiled genre. Also love the colorful angular design near the spine - and her proud look / defiant posture really seals the deal. A Hall of Fame cover for sure. Bob Maguire was one hell of a cover artist.

Best things about this back cover:

"It was cockeyed..." - That's what she said.

Ooh, this back cover's ugly - what a horrible contrast with the front cover

Question of the day: Is the man pictured above

a. wearing Merlin's robe
b. tunneling out of prison
c. suffering from a debilitating attack of scabies that also somehow affects clothing, or
d. Dorian Gray?

Answer: I have no idea.



wendy said...

Yeah those orange pumps are to die for. Literally.

Nomi Lubin said...

Cover is so great. Typo on back -- "Marla Trent know."

Rex Parker said...

Pretty sure that's just a hazy scan of "knew"...


PJ Parrish said...

It takes a tough dame to pull off wearing orange.

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Michael5000 said...

This book had me at "Private Eyeful."

Nomi Lubin said...

Rex -- yes, of course, you're right.