Sunday, October 21, 2012

High on Ludlow

Early last year, I devoted a post on this page to the demise of American illustrator Mike Ludlow and some of his truly exceptional paperback book fronts. Since then, I’ve discovered more of his cover artwork, and would like to share it with you.

The front at the top of this post ranks among of my all-time favorites. It comes from the 1952 Dell Books paperback edition of My Enemy, My Wife, by Allen Haden. Below you’ll find the painted covers from Brother Death, by John Lodwick (Dell, 1952); Turn on the Heat, by A.A. Fair/Erle Stanley Gardner (Dell, 1940--one of many covers for that novel); Snatch, by Roger Taylor (Bantam, 1981); Three Blind Mice, by Agatha Christie (Dell, 1948); and the back and front covers from Washington Confidential, a look at the, well, shadier side of the U.S. capital, by Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer (Dell, 1951).

Click on any of these images for an enlargement.

(Hat tip to Pulp Covers.)

READ MORE:Noir Art: Mike Ludlow” (NoirWHALE).