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0316 Where is Janice Gantry?

July 1, 2012
  • Title: Where is Janice Gantry?
  • Language: English
  • Country: USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1972
  • Publisher: Fawcett
  • Collection: Gold Medal
  • Collection #: T2568
  • ISBN-10: 0449025683
  • ISBN-13: 9780449025680
  • Cover Price: $0.75
  • Cover Artist: Unknown

Ask, and you receive. It’s that simple. A while back, this cover appeared on a Milk Carton, and in just nine months a tattered copy shows up. Sorry about the scraped cover, but one table leg was a half inch shorter than the others and the darn table kept wobbling.

I saw an anonymous comment somewhere that said this cover was done by Robert McGinnis. Is this true?

 

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0315 The Last One Left

June 30, 2012
  • Title: The Last One Left
  • Language: English
  • Country: USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: about 1986 after 1987
  • Publisher: Fawcett
  • Collection: Gold Medal
  • Cover Price: $4.95 (Canada $6.50)
  • Cover Artist: Don Brautigam
  • Author of: The Lonely Silver Rain

 

Every cover of The Last One Left depicts a power boat, as long as “every” can be defined as “69% of those depicting anything at all or 75% if you include any general aquatic theme or 100% if you only count American paperbacks”. This one of them. I started this blog as Not A Fan of the “circle” covers but have reluctantly been won over to some of them because I like the way they tend to incorporate the circle into the artwork. Unfortunately, this example does not; it merely shrinks a previously used cover picture (I would link to it but it seems I haven’t posted it yet) down to Way Too Small and plasters a circle under it.

The scan is not good enough to read the collection ID but I can’t find anything better. Anybody? Anybody? Bueller?

Update (09/23/2013): Added cover artist. This cover was used sometime after the 19th printing.

0314 牝豹の仕掛けた罠

June 29, 2012
  • Title: 牝豹の仕掛けた罠
  • English Title: The Female Leopard Trap
  • Canon: The Good Old Stuff (volume 2)
  • Language: Japanese
  • Country: Japan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1987
  • Publisher: Sankei
  • ISBN-10: 4383026214
  • ISBN-13: 9784383026215
  • Cover Artist: Yosuke Kawamura

For those of you who guessed that today’s post would be volume 2 of the Japanese edition of The Good Old Stuff, congratulations. Sorry, Mom, you were incorrect, it is not The Painted Bird, and I’m frankly disgusted by what’s on your reading list. This volume contains the stories “From Some Hidden Grave”, “A Time for Dying”, “Noose a Tigress”, “Murder in Mind”, “Check Out at Dawn”, “She Cannnot Die”, “Dead on the Pin”, and “A Trap for the Careless”. This time the title — and the cover art — refers to the third story, also known as “Trap for a Tigress” (female leopard, right?), which Steve Scott reviewed here.

Milk Carton

Have you seen me? I am a Japanese edition of Wine of the Dreamers, titled 夢見るものの惑星  (Planet of the Dreamers), printed in 1972 by Hayakawa as SF Series 3290.

0313 死のクロスワード・パズル

June 28, 2012
  • Title: 死のクロスワード・パズル
  • English Title: Crossword Puzzle Death
  • Canon: The Good Old Stuff (volume 1)
  • Language: Japanese
  • Country: Japan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1987
  • Publisher: Sankei
  • ISBN-10: 4383025803
  • ISBN-13: 9784383025805
  • Cover Artist: Yosuke Kawamura

The Japanese printed The Good Old Stuff in two volumes, of which this is Volume 1. It contains the stories “Murder for Money”, “Death Writes the Answer”, “Miranda”, “They Let Me Live”, and “Breathe No More”. The title refers to the second story, also known as “This One Will Kill You”, which is a How To Murder Your Wife story. You can find a typically excellent Steve Scott review of the story here.

You get only one guess as to what the next post is.

A review in Japanese can be found here. Translating it using Google left me totally confused.

Milk Carton

Have you seen me? I am a Japanese paperback containing a single short story, romanized as “Kieta jigen no wa”, printed in 1971 by Kaisesha. The story is  “Ring Around the Redhead”, which originally appeared in Startling Stories in November 1948.

0312 Um tom cinzento de culpa

June 27, 2012
  • Title: Um tom cinzento de culpa
  • English Title: A Gray Tone of Guilt
  • Canon: Pale Gray for Guilt
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Country: Brazil
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1987
  • Publisher: Companhia das Letras
  • ISBN-10: 8585095210
  • ISBN-13: 9788585095215
  • Cover Artist: Unknown

Some Portuguese books are printed in Portugal and some in Brazil. This is a Brazilian edition of Gray with a very simple cover. I wish the cover represented Travis McGee, as this would be high on the list of the most unusual portraits of him, but the guy is clearly an Evil Man, so that makes him Press LaFrance or Gary Santo. LaFrance is the gray guy, but this fellow looks plain mean and Santo had a touch of gray too, so I’m voting for Gary Santo.

 

0311 Slam the Big Door

June 26, 2012
  • Title: Slam the Big Door
  • Language: English
  • Country: USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1982
  • Publisher: Fawcett
  • Collection: Gold Medal
  • Collection #: 1-4295-7
  • ISBN-10: 0449142957
  • ISBN-13: 9780449142950
  • Cover Price: $2.25
  • Cover Artist: Robert McGinnis
  • Author of: Free Fall in Crimson

 

Compare this cover with this one which was printed about five years earlier. Pretty much the same McGinnis artwork, but they’ve dropped the fat author font and returned to a serif font for JDM and the title. MacDonald’s name now appears at the top, much more appropriate to a big time author. Somebody decided that the original artwork was too dark (I agree) and so they have lightened the upper half. And of course, we are now plugging a different book on the cover. Fortunately, they decided to keep McGinnis’ iconic cloud and sunset.

Snarky comments aside, I think this is an improvement.

 

0310 The Long Lavender Look

June 25, 2012
  • Title: The Long Lavender Look
  • Language: English
  • Country: USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: about 1978
  • Publisher: Fawcett
  • Collection: Gold Medal
  • Collection #: 1-3834-8
  • Cover Price: $1.95
  • Cover Artist: Robert McGinnis
  • Author of: Condominium

 

So yesterday’s post was apparently a Robert McGinnis effort that doesn’t look like one to me. I’m pretty sure that today’s cover was done by Robert McGinnis but I can’t find a reliable source (i.e. anonymous internet post) that says so. Somebody must know. Update (07/06/2012): I was right! It is McGinnis.

One reason I’m pretty sure is because this artwork looks an awful lot like this one. Now I’m certainly no McGinnis expert, but his work falls into three stages. Well, as far as John D MacDonald, anyway. Early on, he used his classic girls that we all know and love, then he went to a more realistic and less titillating style of which this is an example, and lastly he tried out a montage style. Today’s intermediate style is the least interesting.

The vehicle is obviously Miss Agnes, but I’m not sure who the girl is supposed to be.It can’t be Betsy Kapp — her … uh … crumpets are insufficiently … uh … leavened — and she is far too sophisticated to be the swamp rat Lilo Paris. Must be Heidi, although she looks nothing like my image of Heidi. Hey, maybe it’s Raoul, the missing lynx who never appears again!

You can read a sarcastic, disapproving review here.