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0320 Death Trap

July 11, 2012
  • Title: Death Trap
  • Language: English
  • Country: UK
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Year: 1958
  • Publisher: Robert Hale
  • Cover Price: 10/6
  • Cover Artist: Unknown

I spend a lot of time whining complaining about various covers, so it’s only fair to admit when I really like one. Not just this cover, in fact, but the whole Robert Hale series of hardcovers when they used this retro feel artwork. It’s not great art, it’s not particularly realistic, the colors are too garish, and the background detail is minimal, but they bring that old-fashioned paperback cover feel to a hardcover dust jacket.

It doesn’t take a cigarette to tell you that this girl is not one you would bring home to meet Mother. Well, not unless Mother sells low quality cocaine in the seedier alleys of a tough, working class town, not that I’m implying anything, Mom. The slouched posture, heavy makeup, sardonic smile, and low cut tank top do that just fine, thank you very much.

The artist’s signature is right there in the bottom right, but I can’t read it. What a shame.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 11, 2012 5:38 pm

    Looks like it says Jose Alou to me. He was the fourth Alou brother, the one who didn’t play major league baseball.

    • July 23, 2012 11:06 am

      Hmm…sounds suspiciously like “the fifth Beatle” to me. Except there actually was a fifth Beatle.

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