Artwork of the Day: A Painting By Vidan


by Vidan

I searched and searched but I could not find a title for this painting by Vidan. If I find the title or if someone is kind enough to let me know the title in the comments section, I’ll update the post. I’m in a sentimental mood and this painting reminds me of my sisters and I. Today’s artwork is being shared in honor of sisters everywhere!

Artwork of the Day: A Trap For Sam Dodge (by John Leone)


by John Leone

This is from the back cover:

“Sam Dodge had no particular use for Miles Ringo. True, they had been buddies in their younger, hell-raising days. But then Ringo got the job that Sam wanted – and Sam’s girl, too. Now Sam was back in town to catch a murderer, the murder of Miles Ringo.”

This book was originally published in 1965 and it looks like Sam’s run into some trouble. I think he’s still got a few tricks up his sleeve. Afterall, he is the fastest draw in Bent River.

This cover was done by John Leone.

Artwork of the Day: Home To The Night (by George Ziel)


by George Ziel

This frightening cover is from 1975. The cover is scary because we don’t know what the woman is reacting to but it’s also scary because it appears that she was driving her car barefoot. Maybe that’s a Capricorn thing. I really want to read this book and find out.

Like yesterday artwork, this one was done by one of my favorite artists, George Ziel.

Artwork of the Day: To Kill A House (by George Ziel)


by George Ziel

The 70s were a big decade for paperback about women fleeing from castles and mansions. This one came out in 1973. Usually, the women on covers like this were drawn to either look like they were scared or confused. I like that Marra looks like she’s defiant, as if no one is going to run her out of her castle.

This cover was done by one of my favorite cover artists, George Ziel.

Artwork of the Day: Love Cult (by Bernard Safran)


by Bernard Safran

The book is from 1953 but the theme of polygamous love cults is timeless. He’s probably the most clean-cut cult leader that I’ve ever seen. I guess his other wife is just standing outside the barn, waiting for him to get done whatever he’s going to do. William Vaneer was a pseudonym for Harry Wittington. This book was later republished, in 1964, under Wittington’s name.

This cover was done by Bernard Safran, who did several paperback covers but who is best known for his many paintings and photographs of life in New York.

Artwork of the Day: The Adulterers (by Harold W. McCauley)


by Harold W. McCauley

This “nightstand” book was originally published in 1960. “Andrew Shaw” was a pseudonym for Lawrence Block. This was his second nightstand book. He later went on to become a very successful writer of crime thrillers and detective novels.

As for the cover, I’m sure that we’re looking at that big hat. Is she cheating with Zorro? This cover was done by Harold McCauley.

Artwork of the Day: The Pale Blonde of Sands Street (by Earle Bergey)


by Earle Bergey

“Kate picked up a sailor in Brooklyn and was never the same again.”

There’s so many ways to interpret those words that I don’t know if I should be happy for Kate or scared. Luckily “just 12 hours for love” indicates that I should be happy for Kate, even if she was operating under a time limit. I just like how the blurb makes it a point to say that she picked up the sailor “in Brooklyn.” I guess the story would have been different if he was a Staten Island sailor.

This book and cover are from 1950. The artist is Earle Bergey.

Artwork of the Day: Lady With A Past (by Howell Dodd)


by Howell Dodd

I couldn’t find out much about the content of this book, other than it was published in 1951 by Venus Books and it was, by 1951 standards, considered to be “adult reading.” Amos Hatter was a pseudonym for James W. Lampp, who wrote several of these type of books under different names. The book is about a girl who has a wild past and whether or not she can go on to have a normal life despite it. Because, of course, men can do whatever they want whereas women are expected to spend the rest of their lives apologizing for their decisions. What I like about this cover is that the lady with a past doesn’t look like she has any regrets whatsoever.

This cover was done by Howell Dodd, who has been featured many times in the past and who will be featured much more in the future.