Look Here: Two plays by Shakespeare with cover art by Milton Glaser

I only have two battered volumes of the Signet Classic Shakespeare Series of paperbacks with cover art in pen and ink and wash by Milton Glaser in my book collection, but they are definitely worth scanning for display here, so… voilà!



If Glaser’s drawing for the cover of The Tempest looks vaguely familiar to you, it might be because you’ve seen Glaser’s famous psychedelic poster of Bob Dylan, created for the release of Dylan’s 1967 “Greatest Hits” album…

Keywords: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, William Shakespeare, Milton Glaser.

Look Here: Five Sax Rohmer novels with cover art by J. Lombardero

I’ve posted scans of two of the following covers before, so in order to add value, I’ve rescanned one of the repeats and scanned the other from a duplicate copy that I have in my collection:


I’m certainly no expert on the publication history of the novels of Sax Rohmer, but it seems unlikely to me that they have ever been as attractively and appropriately packaged as they were when Pyramid was the publisher and Joe Lombardero was the cover artist. Sad to say, but sans Lombardero, Pyramid embraced a far more pedestrian design for their Sax Rohmer books (not that the actual readers of the books probably cared one way or the other). Here, for instance, is Pyramid’s edition of Emperor Fu Manchu, with art by Len Goldberg, that was published in the same year, 1966, as four of the five paperbacks posted above with art by Lombardero:

Oddly enough, around the same time, Sax Rohmer and Pyramid Books got a bit of “free” publicity from International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation, New York:

Unfortunately, librarians have often used exactly the same argument that the folks at ITT deploy in that advertisement to defend Corpsman C. Sanders’ preference for Fu Manchu over Hamlet to defend the inclusion of comics in library collections…

But anyway, no publicity is bad publicity, right?

Keywords: Brood of the Witch-Queen, The Dream Detective, The Golden Scorpion, The Green Eyes of the Bast, The Yellow Claw, Sax Rohmer, J. Lombardero, Len Goldberg.

Look Here: Four ’40s paperbacks by Hammett, with cover art by various hands

None of the following paperbacks by Dashiell Hammett includes a credit for the cover artist, but the languorous signature of H. Lawrence Hoffman is clearly visible in the lower left-hand corner of the “Pocket Book Editions” of Red Harvest and in the lower-middle of The Thin Man. Several websites give Gerald Gregg the nod for the cover of Dead Yellow Women, so let’s just say that one is by that guy (unless and until someone proves otherwise). And last but not least, the cover art for The Glass Key is signed “MANSU” in the lower right, a solid clue that ought to lead to an attribution, except that I have no idea who Mansu is, and neither, if Google is to be believed, does anyone else. But maybe you can help…?


UPDATE (19 July 2014):

Turns out, the cover art for The Glass Key is not signed “MANSU.” Rather, the signature is “MANSO,” which is the surname of Leo Manso (1914-1993), who later made a name for himself as an abstract painter and collagist.

Keywords: The Thin Man, Red Harvest, Dead Yellow Women, The Glass Key, Dashiell Hammett, H. Lawrence Hoffman, Gerald Gregg, Leo Manso.

Look Here: DARK CRUSADE and five others with cover art by Frazetta

My books. My scans. You’re welcome.


Keywords: Conan the Warrior by Robert E. Howard, edited by L. Sprague de Camp; Into the Aether by Richard A. Lupoff; Bloodstone by Karl Edward Wagner; The Moon Men by Edgar Rice Burroughs; Dark Crusade by Karl Edward Wagner; Kane; The Silver Warriors by Michael Moorcock.

Look Here: A couple of lovely covers with atypical SF art by John Berkey

Scanned by me, as usual: