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0188 The Beach Girls

December 13, 2011
  • Title: The Beach Girls
  • Language: English
  • Country: UK
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Year: 1968
  • Publisher: Robert Hale
  • ISBN-10: 0709101597
  • ISBN-13: 9780709101598
  • Cover Price: 16/-
  • Cover Artist: Barbara Walton

There are enough ordinary John D MacDonald covers that I sure enjoy the really good ones. Like this one. We have seen Barbara Walton’s work before (here) and I like her more the more I see.

This one is sublime. The actual quality of the drawing isn’t that great. Shading is almost non-existent, but the poses and expressions make this cover work. The brunette’s finger on her teeth (mmmrrow!) and her heavy lidded, over mascara’ed eyes. The redhead’s pointy fingernailed hand keeping her barely decent up top at the expense of the other end. And the setting — two normal girls at the beach wearing nothing but a shirt and towel — happens everyday. In my dreams.

Milk Carton

Have you seen me? I am an Italian paperback version of The Beach Girls, titled Le dolce dita (Sweet Fingers), printed in 1962 by Longanesi as Suspense 10.

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