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0214 Murder for the Bride

January 30, 2012
  • Title: Murder for the Bride
  • Language: English
  • Country: USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1958
  • Publisher: Fawcett
  • Collection: Gold Medal
  • Collection #: 767
  • Cover Price: $0.25
  • Cover Artist: Unknown

 

This is an early, but not first, edition of Murder for the Bride. I prefer this cover to the original by Barye Phillips, despite its flaws. First, the bride isn’t really doing anything, which implies a snoozer (I’m talking about you). And b), the bride on this cover looks awfully happy even though, and I don’t think I’m spoiling anything here, the bride in the story gets murdered. Mr. Phillips definitely captured that subtle point in his cover; I’ll give him that.

Where was I? Oh, yeah. This bride is just better drawn. I like her vaguely Latina look so I’m not surprised that the only Spanish language edition I have uses this art. And the Rorschach wallpaper behind her! I see two monstrous figures looming over her: one a burly red thing with outstretched arms about to grab her, and the other a green Jabba-like, pig-eyed slug with a gaping maw about to devour the innocent young maiden.

Ok, no more pizza before bedtime for me.

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