Monday, May 17, 2010

Paperback 314: The Reign of Wizardry / Jack Williamson (Lancer 72-761)

Paperback 314: Lancer 72-761 (1st ptg, 1964)

Title: The Reign of Wizardry
Author: Jack Williamson
Cover artist: Frank Frazetta

Yours for: $15

Best things about this cover:
  • Satan conducts the Stygian Philharmonic!
  • It's one bad-ass demon who can shoot skulls and naked ladies out of his armpits...
  • Is "the Unknown" a genre?

Best things about this back cover:
  • OK, how many walls are we going to encounter in this book? Three? That is a terrible pair of bold headings. Are the walls the same in both headings? And who's saying that mystery "quote" in the middle?
  • "The man they called 'Captain Firebrand' ..." — that sounds apocryphal. In fact, that sounds like a male stripper.

Page 123~
But the hairy pirate caught his arm again. "I wish you wouldn't leave me, Captain Firebrand."
Two words: Hairy. Pirate.


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1 comment:

Toby Flenderson said...

Shame on Frazetta for ripping off Vladimir "Bill" Tytla's work on the Night On Bald Mountain segment in Fantasia (1940). The demon's name is Chernabog. It remains one of the most amazing pieces of animation evah!!