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This Issue's Cover
Nothing special this time, in keeping with our non-hiatus hiatus as I deal with a new house, an old house, my father's passing and about zero time for myself. But at least I'm under constant professional and personal pressure.
But I digress...
The illustration is from the great Mitchell Hooks, from one of the American editions of one of Peter Corris' equally great Cliff Hardy books.
It's a shame these wonderful books from this long-running and always satisfying series set in Sydney, Australia aren't more easily available in the States -- Hardy's the real deal, an old-fashioned hard-boiled eye, slightly shopworn, tough enough to stand tall, but compassionate and cheeky enough to care about, a down under shamus who could hold his own alongside Spenser or Walker or Nameless or any of his other contemporaries.
The 40th novel in the series, Gun Control, is due out in the States this September.
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.