Monday, August 12, 2019

Paperback 1055: In Comes Death / Paul Whelton (Graphic 49)

Paperback 1055: Graphic 49 (1st ptg, 1952)

Title: In Comes Death
Author: Paul Whelton
Cover artist: Uncredited

Condition: 7/10
Estimated value: $15

Best things about this cover:
  • Death looks kinda down-at-the-heels. Reduced to doing cheap hits. Must need the money.
  • I'm obsessed with whatever she's wearing. Is that a ... housecoat? It looks too dressy for a nightgown, but too slovenly for outdoor wear. Lack of undergarments also suggests an indoors-only context, but ... yeah, what is this?
  • She is very pretty and beautifully painted and I hate when there are no artist credits!
  • Love the way she's wound the cord around her right hand. Nice touch. Fear hand (variation)!
  • This scene looks very (Very) familiar ... 
... which is weird, since the movie came out two years *after* this book
and now the back cover:

Best things about this back cover:
  • There is nothing intriguing, compelling, or even interesting about this description. Ooh, a "mysterious death." Aah, a "deadly game of wits." How ... specific and not-at-all boiler-plate.
  • I want it to be Lonely Frog Lane, named after an actual lonely frog who lived there all alone, froggily
  • This "describe the plot in complete but annoying vague sentences" really is bottom-of-the-barrel cover copy.
Page 123~
"Peace!" I intoned, making an exit.
Very slangy! Just like the kids intone it.


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Farceur said...

That hat doesn't look right, somehow.

Rex Parker said...

Yeah, it's not job-appropriate.

Rex Parker said...

That's a Saturday at the park hat, not a murdering hat. Also, where's his tie!? Clean up your act, buddy.


Farceur said...

Was thinking more about its execution in the painting but, yeah, what you said, too. I guess the robe and scythe are only for formal occasions.

DemetriosX said...

This throttling is going to go all wrong. He can't do anything until she hangs up the phone, but she's going to have to turn around to do that and she's bound to see him.

Special sauce said...

This cover is beautiful, too bad it's uncredited. Perhaps someone can identify the artist. Strangely the murderer in the movie looks very like the guy on the cover. And it is a housecoat she's wearing. A bit flimsy,possibly a summer housecoat. I kinda like it myself.

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Unknown said...

Neat parallel between the phone and cord in her hands and the stocking in his.