Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Paperback 792: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly / Joe Millard (Award Western AQ1495)

Paperback 792: Award Western AQ1495 (4th ptg, 1975)

Title: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Author: Joe Millard
Cover artist: Uncredited

Yours for: $9


Best things about this cover:

  • Man, my brain really, Really wants the Oxford comma there.
  • This cover manages to be plain vanilla and superbadass simultaneously.
  • There should be a word for this style of cover art (prevalent in '60s and '70s) where different elements are montaged into one monstrous blob / human pyramid.
  • Facial expressions here are all fantastic, especially on about-to-be-hanged guy.


Best things about this back cover:

  • Aha, Tuco! So *that's* where "Breaking Bad" got it. Plagiarism!!
  • Oh, Tuco. Why don't you come to your senses? You been out riding fences for so long now.
  • This description is making me want to pull this movie out and watch it right now. My morning *is* kind of wide open …

Page 123~

Tuco lifted his own gun out of the concealing suds and shot him precisely through the adam's apple.

"When you're going to shoot somebody," he said coldly to the twitching figure on the floor, "shoot him. Don't stand around trying to talk a man to death."

Oh yeah, I'm definitely watching this Right Now.


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Margaret said...

Hey, Blondie, this needs an Eli Wallach label.

Karl said...

Agh, curse you, Rex! I've happily enjoyed the title of this movie for decades without noticing that it really cries out for an Oxford comma (for some reason that I can't articulate). Now I can't un-see it! It's like a huge, comma-shaped hole in the fabric of the universe!

Sandy B. said...

Saw the movie a week ago. With the an extra 20 minutes in it, pushing it over three hours.

It would be a near-perfect two hour movie.

Random White Guy said...

Did you post this in honor of Eli Wallach's passing, or was it just a coincidence?

And yes, totally agree with Tuco. Stop with the yappin' and stick to the killin'.

Martin OHearn said...

The cover artist is Chris Achilleos. Judging from his website, he did the covers for all the Man with No Name books for Tandem in Great Britain, and then Award, the American side of the corporation, got to use them.

There was another Tandem printing where this cover included soldiers, the Union and Confederate flags, and explosion smoke.