Sunday, November 28, 2010

Paperback 373: Bewitched / Al Hine (Dell 0551)

Paperback 373: Dell 0551 (PBO, 1965)

Title: Bewitched
Author: Al Hine
Cover artist: Uncredited

Yours for: [SOLD 11-28-10]


Best things about this cover:
  • Big crush on Elizabeth Montgomery. Big big crush. Love this show, esp. Agnes Moorehead as Endora.
  • Sexy witch. Wish the pic were bigger. Stupid text.
  • "Sexy-hexy" is an adjectival form that I really would like to see more of.
  • I want to tell the cover artist "she's not that kind of witch," but she's kind of hot as "that kind of witch," so I'm torn.
  • AL HINE anagrams to INHALE.


Best things about this back cover:
  • I love how the opening line suggests that they were having out-of-this-world sex.
  • "In book form," HA ha.
  • "Over-hexed"—OK, you've maxed out the pun card.
  • This book sounds much saucier than the TV show.
  • Is the blurb for the TV show or the adaptation? Moreover, wtf is the "Philadelphia Bulletin?" Is that like the "Springfield Shopper?"

Page 123~

"Poor man wants a cigarette," Bertha said. "Give him one, darling."
Samantha chuckled and fixed her nose: "Addis Ababa Enamels, Walk a Mile and Meet Some Camels," she said.


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D_Blackwell said...

At the time (1965) the Philadelphia Bulletin was a big-time paper; a major daily.

DemetriosX said...

Samantha might not be that kind of witch, but IIRC that drawing is pretty close to the opening credits from the show. Although I doubt her dress is sleeveless in the credits.

Anonymous said...

Um...that´s one giant broom...imagine her standing next to it...

JD Rhoades said...

I dated a girl once who could do those "magical twitches".

borky said...

Ye', I liked Elizabeth Montgomery, myself.

Notice though how even with Bewitched they can't resist implying raunchiness in the hope some naive juvenile'd mistake it for something more grown up, hence Darren clasps the broom as a substitute phallus and Sam rides it, and the blurb drops in little cue words like "relations", "over-hexed", "lady with earthbound tastes, magical twitches...ideas about love that are out of this world."

arfies said...

I have this book, and it actually is as "raunchy" (for the 1960s, anyway) as the cover suggests. I wrote a review of it here: