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0453 Nemico alle spalle

September 29, 2013
0453 Area of Suspicion 1681
  • Title: Nemico alle spalle
  • English Title: Hostile Help
  • Canon: Area of Suspicion
  • Language: Italian
  • Country: Italy
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1963
  • Publisher: Mondadori
  • Collection: Segretissimo
  • Collection #: 24
  • Cover Price: 150 lira
  • Cover Artist: Carlo Jacono

Image courtesy of the John D. MacDonald Collection, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Carlo Jacono drew a lot of covers for a lot of authors and I’ve found ten JDM covers by him so far, including excellent ones like this one, but this one is just terrific. First of all, compare it to Barye Phillips’ US cover. Yeah, the girl is facing the other way, and the background is different, but the poses and the girl’s clothing … er … lack of … um … the girl’s sartorial choices are remarkably similar, especially the way you can’t even be sure whether that butt cheek is covered or not. I actually prefer this cover to Phillips’ because, despite lacking the very cool cigarette, this girl is young just like Niki is described in the story.

Jocano uses an interesting style here which uses black lines for emphasis, much like Mitchell Hooks. And click on the image and check out her eyes — beautifully done!

 

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