On Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 7:25 PM, <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> At least one (male) reply to this topic has mentioned the importance of
>> the cover in deciding whether or not to open a book.
> For those of us who are Robert E. Howard fans, this is the one thing
> that gets thrashed out on the REH lists--the ancer paperback series with
> the Frazetta covers. Looking back on it, I gotta admit, my discovery of
> Howard and Burroughs occurred while Frazetta and Neal Adams were doing
> paperback covers. At least with these two artists, they managed to capture
> the action and adventure in the books with the art.
The covers that hooked me on ERB's Martian series were the Ballantine ones:
(Image and title from the Ballantine PB, but the audio stuff was added on.)
I eventually owned all the Ace books with the Frazetta/Krenkel covers,
but the covers that made me look inside (at age 15 or 16, I think)
were those Ballantine ones.
However, that iconic _Conan the Barbarian_ cover from Lancer. ...
It hooked someone, all right, but not me. My ex-wife snatched that
book off the rack so fast it caught fire. She wasn't ex at the time,
of course. She took all the Conans with her when we divorced--and by
that time there were a lot of them.
I tried reading Conan, I really did. I couldn't make it through the
first story: put me to sleep. But the covers that were supposed to
appeal to the horny 19-year-old males also sometimes appealed to horny
19-year-old females. ;-)
-- Ivan Van Laningham God N Locomotive Works http://www.pauahtun.org/ http://www.python.org/workshops/1998-11/proceedings/papers/laningham/laningham.html Army Signal Corps: Cu Chi, Class of '70 Author: Teach Yourself Python in 24 Hours
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