Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Two-fer Tuesdays: That First Step’s a Doozy!

A twice-monthly pairing of book covers that just seem to go together. Click on either of these images to open up an enlargement.

“Robert Standish,” author of the 1960 Four Square paperback on the left, The Big One Got Away, was a pseudonym often used by Englishman Digby George Gerahty (1898-1981), who wrote some three dozen novels, in addition to numerous short stories. Among his books was the Ceylon-set Elephant Walk (1948), which was filmed in 1954 with Elizabeth Taylor, Dana Andrews, and Peter Finch. The cover shown here features an illustration by Roy Carnon, another Brit, who worked primarily in advertising, but also painted fronts for some of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ science-fiction novels and created concept illustrations for the 1968 movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

On the right is shown Deadly Night Call, the 1951 Graphic Books paperback edition of Cornell Woolrich’s 1950 short-story collection, Somebody on the Phone, which he published under his nom de plume William Irish. The title of that book comes from a story about blackmail, suicide, and revenge. I don’t find mentioned anywhere on the Web the identity of the artist responsible for this paperback’s shocking cover, but the site Vintage Paperback Archive mentions that “Graphic Books only existed from 1949 till 1957. During that time they focused on mysteries and hard-boiled detective.”

READ MORE:Cornell Woolrich’s Mysterious Tales of Sorrow & Horror,” by Jessica Amanda Salmonson (The Weird Review); “Falling Bodies” (Pulp International).

1 comment:

TracyK said...

Lovely covers and interesting books. I have never heard of Gerahty at all. Cornell Woodrich I should read but haven't. I always considered him too hard boiled for me, but have learned not to make judgements without sampling the wares.