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This Issue's Cover
Okay, if you don't recognize this issue's cover, you really ought to get out more.
It's a shot of Pam Greer, taken from one of the poster's from Quentin Tarrantino's kick-ass Jackie Brown, his free-wheeling, kickass film based on Elmore Leonard's equally awesome 1992 novel, Rum Punch.
No, it's not really a P.I. flick, although Robert Forster does a bang-up job (and received an Oscar nom) as lonesome bail bondsman Max Cherry who's angling in on flight attendant Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) who may -- or may not -- be holding half a million in cash. But is Cherry after the loot -- or is it just Jackie he wants?
Of course, Grier's no stranger to the shamus game. A mainstay of the seventies blaxploitation explosion -- and still one of the few credible female action heroines in film -- she played a string of tough, smart women (mostly bent on revenge) throughout the seventies, including private eye Sheba Shayne in Sheba, Baby (1975, American-International). Of course, modern audiences may recognize her more for her role as Kit Porter on Showtime's The L Word (2004-09).
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.