Re: RARA-AVIS: Black Lizard Status

Bill Hagen (
Sat, 16 Jan 1999 14:43:23 -0600 (CST) Doug Levin recently wrote [snipped],

Black Lizard still exists at Vintage, I guess. They've rotated some titles
>into the series. For instance, they had reprinted Crumley as Vintage
>Contemporaries. Now the cover proclaims them "Vintage Crime," with the black
>lizard graphic (but no "Black Lizard" name); the interior still lists the book
>as a "Vintage Contemporary" (something to do with having the pages printed,
>but making new covers with higher prices?). Can anybody add to this account?

I can add a mite to this: I recently posted two websites with info on
hardboiled authors. One was Vintage...blacklizard. Whole address was

In a 1992 edition of Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley, I notice that the
lizard image right before "Vintage Crime" on the spine. The title pages
lists the series as "Vintage Crime/Black Lizard," so I guess they've folded
one group into another. Vintage is owned by Random House, unless it too
has been folded or merged into some soft drink company.

Bill Hagen

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