Saturday, May 16, 2015

Paperback 880: Bump and Run / Marty Domres (Bantam N7253)

Paperback 880: Bantam N7253 (PBO, 1971)

Title: Bump and Run
Author: Marty Domres (w/ Robert Smith)
Cover artist: Uncredited (!@!^%&) [Bill Wenzel]

Estimated value: $15-20

Best things about this cover:

  • It is criminal that the cartoonist didn't get credit here. CRIMINAL. (And yes, that *is* the first and most important comment I have about this cover) [this site credits Bill Wenzel, so … I'm going with that]
  • One man's desperate quest for the Perfect Grope. He's so close! Leave him alone, you other ladies!
  • I love how obliging the stewardess is. Heels *and* tiptoes *and* chest thrust. She looks more like a mermaid figurehead on an 18c. pirate ship than a human being in any kind of normal position.
  • That is some classic '70s Playboy near-naked lady cartooning there.
  • This book is much better written, and much more political (specifically anti-racist) than you'd expect from the cover.

Best things about this back cover:

  • There is nothing I can add to improve on this.
  • You cannot throw a football from that position.
  • When you can cast spells like Marty, you don't need no stinkin' helmet.

Page 123~

We expect to find conditions everywhere as they are in California, where there is no craning of the neck and muttering, no indignant or unbelieving stares, no glowering visages at the sight of a black man and a white girl enjoying each other's company. Any place that sets out to bar blacks, in the manner of the unreconstructed South, might just as well put up a sign that closes the place to pro football players altogether.


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Anonymous said...

99% sure that's Bill Wenzel art --his style is pretty unmistakeable.

Rex Parker said...

Yeah, that checks out. Thanks.

cwf said...

And nine below the featured cover on the linked site we find, coincidentally,

"Ace 76000 – SEXY CROSSWORDS #1 [And a Slightly Dirty Mind], PBO 1974."

cwf said...

And 15 below *that* one, we find a book I owned as a child (not proud of this): the two-sided The Official Italian/Polish Joke Book. (You'd turn it over to get the other, upside-down, book.)

The only one can I remember:
Q: Why do Italians wear pointy shoes?
A: So they can kill cockroaches in corners.

Not sure I ever got that one.