I burnt my fingers this morning. Sniffity introduced me to the paperback artwork of Robert McGinnis and I got minor burns from trying to pick one of those books up. Jinkies! A whole series of very fatale femmes, all rather under-dressed. McGinnis is a gifted fellow and there is great variety and skilful pencilwork to be enjoyed.
If the lyrics of Big Shot are anything to go by, Viv Stanshall had read a few.
“Hotsie. What a dame. A big, bountiful babe in the region of 48-23-38. One hell of a region. She had the hottest lips since Hiroshima: I had to stand back for fear of being burned.”
What a contrast to the chaste, prim, rather anonymous Penguin paperbacks that I grew up with in Pinner All kinds of shenanigans might have been going on within, but those discreet covers were giving nothing away.
The paperback has been with us for rather a short period. Penguin was founded in 1935 and its first books were sold in Woolworths for sixpence each.
Over on the Poirot thread, Boneshaker mentioned the remarkable covers that Tom Adams did for Agatha Christie’s novel. Menacing, mysterious and memorable. So, tine to ask you: which are your favourite artists?
This thread is a chance for all you bibliophiles to share their favourite cover art with the rest of us.
Those covers were so vital for setting the tone for the potential reader. Shameless jezebels in scanty lingerie boosted sales for Moosebooks Inc.
But were they really something you wanted on your bookshelf when the vicar came round for tea?
As a fumbling teenager, Hotsie and her pals were my introduction to worldly women and women of the world.