Home is the Sailor

Home is the Sailor (Gold Medal Books, 1952)

Home is the Sailor (Gold Medal Books, 1952)

Publisher: Gold Medal Books (no. 225)
Date: 1952
Genre: Crime

Home is the Sailor proves once again that Day Keene could write some quality pulp crime novels. It’s one of his earlier crime novels and doesn’t pack a punch as some of his other novels, but it does roll along at a fast clip despite its reliance on the old pulp conventions. Swede is one hell of a lead, and it’s hard not to pull for him to succeed in the end (and punch a few faces along the way). And Corliss, well, she’s everything you’d want from a femme fatale. Of course, innocent and sexy Mamie is the real treat in this story. She’s just a side attraction in the story, but I certainly wanted more of her.

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Carla

Carla (Midwood, 1958)

Carla (Midwood, 1958)

Publisher: Midwood (no. 8; later reprinted as 131)
Date: 1958
Genre: Sleaze

Vintage sleaze is much more tame than today’s erotic fiction, and from my limited exposure, the stories themselves often lacked any real drama or tension. They’re just fluff. Inconsequential. Despite being penned by an author who would eventually become one of the best crime novelists of all time, Carla is no different. Continue reading

Restless Virgin

Restless Virgin (Midwood, 1961)

Restless Virgin (Midwood, 1961)

Publisher: Midwood (as no. 78)
Date: 1961
Genre: Sleaze

The cover art for Restless Virgin by Paul V. Russo (pseudonym for Gil Fox) isn’t one of Paul Rader’s best. The color scheme feels a little too dark, and the pose doesn’t entice the reader the way some of his other covers do. Despite the nude girl on the cover, it’s not even particularly sexy. It certainly shows Rader’s mastery of capturing the female figure, but it lacks any real impact.

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The Boy Who Wanted War Scheduled with FUBAR

Boy-Who-Wanted-War-CoverSmallThis morning presented another first for me: My upcoming comic now appears on a publisher’s schedule. That’s right, The Boy Who Wanted War is now listed with the rest of Alterna’s upcoming comics. Damn it feels good to see your book on a publisher’s schedule. I knew it was coming, of course, but seeing it online alongside other great comics, well, that just takes the experience to a whole new level.

Not only that, but my book is lucky enough to be available the same day as FUBAR: Guts and Glory. Jeff McComsey has done some great things with his zombie series, and it’s an honor to see my comic released on the same day. I’m not sure if that will help increase exposure for The Boy Who Wanted War, but it’s nice to be included with such esteemed company.

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Final Cover: The Boy Who Wanted War

Boy-Who-Wanted-War-CoverAfter I sent the files for The Boy Who Wanted War to the publisher, we decided to take a second look at the title design. While we all liked the original version, we realized that it wasn’t big enough. It didn’t really stand out. Not on the front cover, and not as the title design of a really cool science fiction war story.

So after coming up with some general ideas on what I thought the title should look like, I turned to Nic J. Shaw for some assistance.

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A Gun in His Hand

A Gun in His Hand (1951, Gold Medal books)

A Gun in His Hand (1951, Gold Medal books)

Publisher: Gold Medal Books (as no. 154)
Date: 1951
Genre: Nonfiction/Crime

A Gun in His Hand is a nonfiction book that reads like a novel. Victor Rosen’s book tells the story of Frank “Two Gun” Crowley who was little more than a two-bit hood who stole cars and liked to shoot his guns. But in 1931, after his pal Rudolph “Fats” Durringer kills a girl, the police move in on them both. Events escalate into a 2-hour shootout. Continue reading