Artwork of the Day: Icicles In The Sun

by Erin Nicole

I took this picture a week and a half ago, at the tail end of the winter storm.  The power had just come back on after being off for for several hours.  I stepped outside and stood in the backyard, surrounded by snow and feeling frustrated and angry.  Then I looked up and I saw the sun reflecting off of these icicles that were hanging from our roof.  After getting my camera, I snapped this picture.

To me, this picture is a reminder that there’s beauty to be found during even the darkest of times.  Sometimes, it’s right above you.

The day after I took this picture, the temperature finally rose above freezing, the snow started to disappear, and these icicles fell from the roof, landed in the grass, and quickly melted.

Artwork of the Day: Gold (by Charles Wood)

by Charles Wood

Unless this is a reprint, this is from 1931.  Gold was written by Clarence Budington Kelland, who was a very popular writer of the time.  His most popular novel was Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, which has been filmed at least twice.  Gold was a novel about international finance.  It told the story of Anneke Van Horn, who knew how to make money but not how to land a man and have the family that she desired.  Remember, it was written in 1931.

The artwork was done by Charles Wood, who also did a lot of covers for western pulp magazines.  The red dress is exquisite and worth however much gold it cost.

Artwork of the Day: Death Haunts The Dark Lane (by Robert Stanley)

by Robert Stanley

This book was originally published in 1948 but I’m not sure what year this Dell edition was published.  Though the cover may suggest that something unsavory is happening here, that’s just Sheriff Roden and his dog keeping Kentucky safe.  Sheriff Roden appeared in several books written by A.B. Cunningham.

The cover was done by Robert Stanley, whose work has been featured many times on the site.

Artwork of the Day: Off Limits (by George Gross)

by George Gross

This is from 1953.  As you can tell from reading the cover’s blurb, this is a novel about the “The Guys, The Dames, The Joints, The Creeps Who Surround Our Army Camps And Prey On Our Soldiers.”  On the cover, you can see one of “the dames” distracting two soldiers on a street corner.  There’s no way that those men are going to be able to win their shooting game with a woman standing ten feet away from them.

(I showed this cover to Lisa and she said, “He’s probably just surprised to see his mom in the city.”)

This cover was done by George Gross.  Gross’s work has been featured many times on this site and will probably be featured many more times in the future.

Artwork of the Day: Hardrock (by Mel Crair)

by Mel Crair

He’s definitely hard something!  And look at those intense eyes, my God.  I don’t know if I’d want to be the woman standing behind him because he looks like a rough character.

Hardrock was first published in 1963.  From the 30s until he died in 1988, Bonham wrote over 40 novels.  The majority of them were westerns, like this one.  The cover was done by Mel Crair, who this site has featured in the past and will probably feature again in the future.

Artwork of the Day: The Spice of Life (Artist Unknown)

Artist Unknown

First published in 1964, this is another Midwood book about suburban swingers.  Looking at these covers, it seems like pools were the most decadent thing about the mid-60s.  Having a pool in your backyard was like having a big bowl for all of your party guests to drop their car keys into.

The artist behind this slice of suburban decadence is unknown.

Artwork of the Day: The Dark Throne (by James Meese)

by James Meese

Hey, guys, just a little word of advice.  If a woman points a gun at your chest, don’t stand there with your hands on your hips and your head thrown back like you’re amused.  That’s just going to make us mad.

This novel was first published in 1954.  I’ve seen this listed on some sites as being an “unknown artist” but, according to the book’s listing on Amazon, the cover was done by James Meese and it looks like his work.  James Meese has been featured many times on this site and he’ll be featured many times to come.  He was prolific and he was good at what he did.

Artwork of the Day: The Lost Eagles (by Tom Dunn)

by Tom Dunn

A story about a Roman soldier who becomes a barbarian, The Lost Eagles was first published in 1955.  This edition, with the cover from Tom Dunn, came out in 1956.  That the soldier-turned-barbarian looks shell-shocked shouldn’t come as a surprise but I’m concerned about the woman standing behind him.  You can tell that she’s seen things.