Re: RARA-AVIS: Gateway Publishers

Date: 22 Jan 2006

I came to hardboiled noir in the mid-'70s valley between Gold Medal's prime (I knew Fawcett as the publishers of anthologies of the Peanuts comic strip) and Black Lizard. One of the first I read was The Long Goodbye with the movie tie-in cover, then moved on to Avon's other Chandler reprints, which had very nicely painted covers, though hardly lurid. Then on to Ross Macdonald, with the still lifes Kevin mentioned. and Hammett, with Vintage's awful covers, especially of The Maltese Falcon, which featured an ugly falcon that looked nothing like the one in the movie (the cover of The Thin Man, with its photo of Hammett himself was okay). Man, as I thrilled when I found some Dell Mapbacks in a used mystery store. Vintage's late '70s Cain reprints looked pretty good, though. And I was finally introduced to Gold Medal when I started reading the Travis McGee series.

A number of late '70s and '80s PI series had pretty distinctive cover art, like those by Arthur Lyons, Jack Lynch, Stephen Greenleaf, etc.


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