|Vintage Pulp||May 15 2021|
Alarms, security, police... As a master jewel thief I thought I'd considered every possible obstacle. Just goes to show.
This Avon Publications cover for The Deadly Game by Norman Daniels was painted by Bob Abbett. The book has a promising premise, though there's no nude that interrupts a safe cracking. The story concerns a high society jewel thief who's being constantly dogged by a determined police detective, and who decides to get revenge by bedding the cop's wife, then, for good measure, implicating her in his next heist. It's revenge to the nth degree—cuckold the cop, further humiliate him by succeeding with the crime, then railroad his wife to prison. We're talking cruel. Too bad this one is undone by substandard writing. But it wasn't bad enough to stop us from sticking with it until the end and finding out how it all resolved. If you find it for five bucks or less, it's probably worth taking the plunge.
|Vintage Pulp||Jun 28 2019|
Then I picked up something at the market and now I'm about to heat it up and enjoy it. How's your day going?
Above, a cover for The Scarlet Bride by Mark Reed, about a cheating wife with a dangerous husband and the horndogs who risk life and limb to get on her. Reed was actually Norman A. Daniels, a prolific author who wrote for pulp magazines, where he created the character Black Bat (the second, more popular one). He also wrote for radio, television, and once published eighteen books in a two year span. This particular effort is copyright 1952.
|Vintage Pulp||Mar 10 2016|
You can’t put a price on genius.
We spend a lot of time looking for obscure paperback fronts, but sometimes you have to go with the top artists just for a reminder of how good they were. Therefore behold the immortal George Gross—six examples, all perfect.
Wright WilliamsAlbert L. QuandtGerald FosterHarmon BellamyLuther GordonNorman A. DanielsGeorge Grosscover artcover collectionliterature
|Vintage Pulp||Dec 16 2013|
Say handsome, you wanna play connect the dots?
Above, a truly excellent cover for David Wade’s, aka Norman A. Daniels' Walk the Evil Street, published in 1960. Rainbow Books had a habit of not crediting art, so we have several suspects for this one, but sadly, no perpetrator.