Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Paperback 255: Casualty / Robert Lowry (Popular Library 387)

Paperback 255: Popular Library 387 (1st ptg, 1951)

Title: Casualty
Author: Robert Lowry
Cover artist: uncredited

Yours for: $12

Best things about this cover:

  • "... Women Without Morals"? More like "Women Without Vaginas." I'm just sayin', the tramp in the doorway with the beatific glow was definitely born a man.
  • Joe got so distracted trying to hide his erection that he forgot he was holding a lit cigarette. This picture was taken about one second before Joe exclaimed "Fuck!" and threw the cigarette to the ground.
  • Joe liked to tease the ladies by striking manly poses, and then, when women would show an interest, smiling and pointing to the sign by his head. A succession of knees to the groin taught him to stand like that.
  • If anyone has an explanation for Frenchy McNewsieCap there in the background, I'd love to hear it.

Best things about this back cover:

  • Not even WOMEN? Wow. That's bad. Whatever "that" is.
  • "Even lush Maria ... didn't help much." Not having a vagina was probably a big part of the problem.
  • "... and Colonel Polaski was waiting." Waiting for what!? If WOMEN didn't help, what did? All I can say is that if this book *doesn't* involve lots of rough gay sex, I'm going to be very disappointed.

Page 123~

"Let's get out of here, chum, I know a really nice place up the street where you can find something more than a bloody drink," the big Limey said.

OK, that has promise.


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Ms Avery said...

"Books of Proven Merit" sounds like some kind of FDA approval for books. How exactly was this merit proved? Were there randomized controlled trials involved?

JamiSings said...

Frenchie looks like he's going to pounce on the woman there the way certain spiders pounce on their prey.

Candida said...

Kind of like backwards Hamlet?

"Woman delights not me--no, nor man neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so."

Tulse said...

I find it odd to have a soldier's occupation described as a "job", as if Joe Hammond was hanging out in a cubicle all day.

nutcracker persona said...

Even women didn't help. Odd women, however, well, now we're getting somewhere.

Nicole "Gidget" Kalstein said...

For "Men Without Hope", both Joe and Frenchy there look pretty hopeful about Maria Used-to-be-Mario.

Rex, my explanation for Frenchy is that he's Joe's wingman. "Quick, she's coming, act cool!"


Dirt Diggler said...

* "Even women didn't help"? ... Let me just say that AS LONG AS THERE ARE women around without morals, men (especially the young and sexually inexperienced) WILL HAVE Hope.

* If that's Private First Class Joe on the front, he's missing a chevron.

* Frenchy is Mario's Vichy government pimp! (You know the French have always cornered the market on Love, oui?)

* The "Casualty" is either what happens to Mario when s(he) trips over the door threshold and lands in the street or, what becomes of the reader after indulging in the text.

* If this is "a war without battles" then why is Joe "behind the lines"?

* "Lush" Mario doubled as fauna when not in drag. His "urgent mouth" got punched nightly for its insolence. And his "willing body" was perfect for fists.

Michael5000 said...

You know it's getting bad when even lush Maria with the brooding eyes, urgent mouth and willing body doesn't help much.

I love the "Off Limits" sign behind PFC Hammond there on the cover. Its those subtle symbolic touches that really makes a work of art.

Candida said...

Wikipedia is what it is, but under the entry for Robert Lowry, they have a quote that's so good I don't really care whether it's true or not:

"In Cincinnati," recalled Flora, "he would take one drink and go berserk, throwing himself on the floor, saying, 'I'm a rug! I'm a rug! Step on me!'" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Lowry_(writer).