Monday, February 18, 2013

Paperback 610: Morocco Jones in The Case of the Golden Angel / Jack Baynes (Crest 325)

Paperback 610: Crest Books 325 (PBO, 1959)

Title: Morocco Jones in The Case of the Golden Angel
Author: Jack Baynes
Cover artist: Barye Phillips

Yours for: $11


Best things about this cover:
  • Hey look, it's Robert Mitchum's slow, pin-headed cousin ... Morocco.
  • What are you, a pirate? Button your blouse, Morocco.
  • LOVE her pose / expression. It's like she's upset that no one's paying attention to her: "Oh, my, there's a rip in the back of my dress, boys. Look. Boys? Boys!!!"
  • The boys are developing their patented angry secret handshake.
  • And Morocco floated like a besotted wine-colored god in the heavens ... 


Best things about this back cover:
  • This back cover was made with some early, horrid version of Photoshop. "Crop! Ok, now ... blue-ify!"
  • Oh, *that* Kansas City.
  • Of course nobody told Morocco that the "S.O.S." stood for "Sad Old Spy." It would've hurt his feelings.

Page 123~
Dave tossed Morocco a taut grin. "What honest labor union leader could afford a perch like this one?"
You have to make your grin taut before you toss it, otherwise it just sort of dies in mid-air.


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Random White Guy said...

Budapest... Bangkok... Copenhagen... Cairo... [tires screeching to a halt] Kansas City?!?

Graham Powell said...

Looks more like Kirk Douglas' kid brother than Robert Mitchum's. I love it when the artist clearly bases a cover on some actor. I have one around somewhere with a dead ringer for Patrick McGoohan.

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised that this book even has a page 123. I don't know how the author summoned enough energy to write that much, after having expended what had to have been a Herculean effort in coming up with town names such as "Border City" and "Pacific Port".

Talk about dedication to your Art!

Doug Brunell said...

What? No Centerville or Anytown? In my books I almost always use real locations ... unless the story dictates otherwise, of course.