Showing posts with label Al Rossi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Al Rossi. Show all posts

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Heat Is On: Summer Widow

Celebrating the delights of summer. Click here for the full set.

Summer Widow, by Florence Stonebraker (Beacon, 1961).
Illustration by Al Rossi.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Nymphs Just Wanna Have Fun

News broke late last week that the skeleton of a 13-year-old girl, who’d been dead for some 12,000 to 13,000 years, was discovered by scientists in an underwater cave off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. When I read in Slate that the divers who found this long-missing miss named her Naia--Greek for “water nymph”--it brought to mind how many novels over the years have contained the word “nymph” (or a provocative variation on that noun).

The gallery below hardly exhausts this theme, but it features some fine examples of “nymph” novels. And a few noteworthy artists, to boot. Sadly, I don’t know who painted the captivating façade of Nymph in Suburbia (a work that really belongs among this earlier collection), but I can tell you that Paul Rader was responsible for the artwork on the 1963 Midwood edition of Sea Nymph, by Peggy Swenson (a pseudonym employed by Richard E. Geis). The front of John Carver’s Campus Nymphs (Beacon, 1964) is credited to Al Rossi, while the illustration introducing Margot Neville’s Murder of a Nymph (Pocket, 1951) was done by Maurice Thomas. That 1963 Signet Books edition of Nymph to the Slaughter, by Carter Brown, boasts cover art from the talented hands of Robert McGinnis, and Britain’s Sam Peffer, aka Peff, provided the painting of a woman for the 1958 Pan edition of The Case of the Negligent Nymph, by Erle Stanley Gardner. Finally, Fred Fixler gave us the artwork fronting both Beat Nymph (Brandon House, 1965), another sexy concoction by Swenson/Geis, and Nympho Twins, a 1977 Casino Books release penned by Jeff David. (One other work that might have followed Nympho Twins was previously showcased here.)

Click on any of these images to open an enlargement.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Nude in the Sand, by John Burton Thompson

I’ve been very impressed by the efforts of blogger Robert Deis, aka Subtropic Bob, to catalogue the numerous 20th-century book and magazine covers on which blond model Eva Lynd appeared. Impressed enough to already have written one piece here, and to now revisit the subject. His latest post on Lynd highlights John Burton Thompson’s Nude in the Sand, which was published by Beacon in 1959 and featured the model in a cover illustration by Al Rossi.

To learn (much) more about Lynd and her remarkable career, check out all of Deis’ posts on the subject in Men’s Pulp Mags.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sex Sells. And Well, Indeed.

Rosa Is for Romance hosts a gallery of sexy work by Al Rossi, who’s described as “a prolific book and magazine illustrator during the 1940s to 1960s. He was the original cover artist of Junkie, the novel William Burroughs published under the pen-name of William Lee. He was also one of the main cover artists for Beacon.”

One fine book jacket that blog doesn’t happen to include, though, appeared on the 1953 Bantam edition of Air Bridge, by Hammond Innes, “a novel of crime and fanatic courage in the shadow of the Berlin Air Lift.” Click here to see the artwork.

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While we’re on the subject of sex, note that the Men’s Pulp Mags blog addresses what someone far fonder of cheesiness than I might call “The Singular Scandal of the Stripped Nazi Sex Slaves.”