|Vintage Pulp||Dec 4 2021|
Formal occasions in Mogadishu are murder.
Jef de Wulf works in a somewhat different mode with this cover illustration for Roger Vlatimo's, née Roger Vilatimo's 1963 spy novel Terreur en Somalie. His art is usually quite spare, often with a lot of negative space, but here he's produced something chaotic that fills the frame and draws the eye to various elements—gun, lipstick, a splash of color that gives the impression of flames, and of course the snake. The contrast with his work at its cleanest is stark. Look here or here to see what we mean.
Vlatimo wrote a stack of spy capers set in exotic places like Morocco, Iran, Turkey, and Vietnam. He also wrote a series as Youcef Khader, and those all starred a franchise character, Algerian special agent Mourad Saber. Additionally, Vlatimo wrote as Jean Lafay, Tim Oger, Roger Vlim, and Gil Darcy, which was a pseudonym invented by Georges J. Arnaud and used by several authors. Vlatimo's books were quite popular and some are even available today as e-books, which is the surest sign of success we can imagine. Vlatimo, though, died back in 1980.
FranceSomaliaEditions de l'ArabesqueRoger VlatimoRoger VilatimoYoucef KhaderJean LafayTim OgerRoger Vlimand Gil DarcyGeorges J. ArnaudJef de Wulfcover artliterature
|Vintage Pulp||Jul 3 2016|
French photo covers get down and dirty.
We don't often feature photo covers, but these are pretty nice. They're French erotica-espionage from Éditions Promodifa written by various pseudonymous authors, eighteen examples from the company’s lines Érothèque, Sexpense, Mystérotic, and others, early and mid 1970s. Best pen name of the bunch—definitely Dick Wood.
FranceÉditions PromodifaPat MarcyRoger VlimJacky FrayJo BrixRog LatiLou DundeeAndy KingFrank DavisDick WoodJohn Leecover artcover collectionliterature