Look Here: Four mysteries from the ’40s from Pocket Books

The following paperbacks, inexpertly scanned by me from the collection of yours truly, were all printed in the early 1940s. The covers, unfortunately, are all uncredited. The artwork for William Irish’s Phantom Lady, however, is clearly signed by artist Leo Manso…


“William Irish” was a pseudonym of Cornell Woolrich, “Carter Dickson” was John Dickson Carr, and “Agatha Christie” was Agatha Christie.

Keywords: The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie, Phantom Lady by William Irish, Cornell Woolrich, Peril at End House by Agatha Christie, The Bowstring Murders by Carter Dickson, John Dickson Carr, Leo Manso.

Look Here: Two SF novels and a political thriller covered by Paul Lehr

So many covers to scan… so little time…


Keywords: Separation by Richard Rohmer, Nightmare Journey by Dean R. Koontz, Dolphin Island by Arthur C. Clarke, Paul Lehr.

Heads Up: Corben Art Sale, 28 June 2014

On Saturday 28 June 2014 at 12:00 noon CST, thirty-one pages of original black-and-white comic art by Richard Corben will go on sale via the “Sales” page on the artist’s official website.

The sale will include all five pages of “The Canal” from Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft #2 (2008), all four pages of “The Window” from Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft #3 (2008), the cover art for Jonah Hex #32 (2008), all three covers for the Living with the Dead mini-series (2007), the cover art for the Living with the Dead trade-paperback collection (2008), all eight pages of “Roda and the Wolf” from Heavy Metal #83 (1984), and all nine pages of an unpublished story called “Bloodsport.”

All artwork is drawn in Sharpie and Pigma pens on 11 x 17 inch Strathmore paper, with the exception of “Roda and the Wolf,” which is drawn in markers, Sharpie and Pigma pens, and Prismacolor pencils on 12 x 15 inch Bainbridge paper.

The small scans that are on the Corben website right now are intended for “viewing only.” Prices will be posted when the sale goes live on Saturday 28 June 2014 at noon CST, at which point the first person to complete the PayPal shopping cart for each page will receive that page.

Connections: Neil Young (1974) and Supertramp (1975)


Keywords: On the Beach by Neil Young, Crisis? What Crisis? by Supertramp.

Look Here: An unusual cover assignment for Sanjulian

From my collection…


Keywords: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, Sanjulian.