It's been a rough week.
I thought some of you, like me, could use a laugh. So I improved a few old pulp-era book covers. I hope you enjoy them.
First up we have a classic from 1954!
This book had everything. Murder. Mystery. Wardrobe malfunctions. Heated exchanges with Louis, the guy working the paint section that fateful Sunday. Banned in 1956 for its bold use of the term 'torso.'
Next, a comic book from 1935, in which a world-weary homicide detective asks the tough questions.
They don't write them like that anymore.
Here's a little-known gem of men's fiction.
Dancin' Randy went on to appear in the 1939 RKO Pictures adventure epic Dancin' Randy and the Amazon Women Have A Nice Afternoon Without All Your Displays of Machismo, Steve.
Here's another comic entry, from the classic Turok series.
This issue debuted Turok's now-famous catch-phrase, "Cluck cluck, mother*****."
Crime noir has always been a favorite of mine.
Okay, so half the book's text consists of "Bang! bang bang bang, bang!" but it's a quick read. Universal picked up the film rights, releasing My Gun Is Quick And I Have Significant Hearing Loss in 1941.
Finally, I offer you the salacious 'adult' title Swamp Nymph. Published by the notorious Kozy Books, this title skirted 1940s decency laws by focusing on the mating habits of Anaxyrus americanus, the American Toad. Reader response was lackluster at best; one reviewer famously wrote 'Can we please go back to badgers on shore leave?'
Hope you liked the covers!
Here's a new installment I'll be closing with each week from now on. I'm going to call it "Wild Wild Web,' and it will feature a short video which conforms to the following rules:
1) Is funny.
2) Is apolitical.
3) Contains no violence, sad animals, or anything that might be a bummer.
So click without apprehension. I won't pick anything longer than 2 or three minutes.
Here's the first one!
Oh, by the way -- buy a book.