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This Issue's Cover

Okay, so either this is the most blatant rip-off I've committed yet, or it's simply very post-post modern and so ironic you could plotz. But at least it was pretty quick to do. All I did was touch it up and slap in some new text.

It is, of course, taken from William F. Nolan's absolutely essential The Black Mask Boys: Masters in the Hard-Boiled School of Detective Fiction (1985, Mysterious Press), a stone-cold classic collection of stone-cold classic stories from Black Mask, the greatest pulp mag of all time, by Chandler, Nebel, Hammett, Gardner, Paul Cain, etc., plus accompanying revealing essays. Includes Nolan's defence of Carroll John Daly's "Three Gun Terry" as the very first hardboiled private eye.

I'd love to tell you who designed the original cover, but the artist is not credited in my paperback edition. I thought maybe he'd be listed in the hardcover edition, but that, it turns out, boasted an all-together different cover. Still, I suspect the cover "borrows" the illustration (and possibly the design) from an earlier pulp magazine cover or possibly some old movie poster (if you put the magnifying glass to it, you can see the half-tone pattern), and adapts it for the antholoy's own cover -- so in a way, I'm just paying it forward. Or passing it forward. Or something...

Got pulp?

Our pal J. Kingston Pierce, he of January Magazine and Rap Sheet fame, reveals himself to be a crime cover geek of the first degree in Killer Covers, this don't-miss blog. He offers a cover-of-the-week feature, discusses both legendary and hot new artists and illustrators and keeps an eye on the good, the bad and the ugly.

And then, if that isn't enough, do check out Illustration Magazine. Talk about eye candy. This allegedly scholarly magazine devoted to the history of American illustration art is just too delicious to leave to the eggheads. It's published quarterly in full color and each issue features some of the highest quality printing, photography and color reproductions of original art you'll see anywhere. Highly recommended for any gazebo out there with a jones for pop culture and commercial art, but readers here will particularly dig the regular features that pop up on the artists and illustrators who worked on comic books, paperbacks and the pulps. Fun? YES! But collectors will love it too.

Finally, be sure to check out our very own "Dare to Judge This Book: Great Pulp and Paperback Cover Artist."

By the way, if you 've enjoyed our covers over the years, But if this is your sort of thing, have patience. We are planning to eventually have a sort of gallery of previous covers, reproducing the full-size covers. I'll save some brimstone for you. In the meantime, you can take a gander at the collage of covers we used for our tenth anniversary issue right here.

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