Saturday, July 4, 2015

Paperback 898: Seminole / Theodore Pratt (Gold Medal 635)

Paperback 898: Gold Medal 635 (2nd ptg, 1957)

Title: Seminole
Author: Theodore Pratt
Cover artist: Jack Floherty [signature]

Estimated value: $7-10

Best things about this cover:
  • Full frontal is cool if a. the woman is "native" or otherwise of color and b. you airbrush the nipple into virtual nothingness.
  • Nothing says "sexy" like a slave auction! Seriously, this cover is infinitely gross.
  • Mr. Top Hat Akimbo in the background knows it's gross. He and his bow tie are having none of it.
  • If you're wondering whom the auctioneer is pointing at, just wait ...

Best things about this back cover:
  • Wraparound!
  • Sky looks even more insane back here. It's like Captain Cogitation there is summoning storm clouds with his mind. And his pointing pal is saying "Oooh, that one looks like a bunny."
  • This painting is much, much better with the native slave auction cropped out of it.
  • Just watched "Key Largo" and I'm pretty sure those two Native Americans that killed are called "The Osceola  Brothers." This Osceola was a leader of the Seminole resistance during the Second Seminole War.
  • At least this novel seems to know what the white man is a "marauder."

Page 123~

Indians lay in water with lily pads over their faces to hide from the white soldiers. Seminole children were buried in pits to their heads, which were covered over with palmetto to conceal them.


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DemetriosX said...

With Stacy Keach as the Auctioneer!

Maybe it's just the resolution of the scan, but bidding guy's bidding hand looks like it's on wrong way around.

Theodore Pratt also wrote the book that was the basis for The Incredible Mr. Limpet (where Don Knotts turns into a fish).

NomadUK said...

I think Auctioneer actually looks quite a bit like Walter Pidgeon as Morbeus. 'Monsters from the Id!'

John "Ol' Chumbucket" Baur said...

Had to note the book is about someone who is not pictured on the cover, but of course hot babe sex auction sells more paperbacks than a picture of a slow war of attrition would.