Sunday, 12 November 2017

Harlequin Artists - Part XXXVII - William Book

Like G. Collins, the subject of my last post, William Book only did two signed covers for early Harlequin, both in 1953. And like Collins there is little to be found about Mr Book other than he was a mid century commercial artist who did illustrations for Canadian magazines and newspapers and lived in Hamilton, Ontario.

Harlequin 218

Harlequin 218 - March 1953

Harlequin - July 1953

Monday, 6 November 2017

Harlequin Artists Part XXXVI - G. Collins

One of the 22 identifiable artists on early (first 500 issues - 1949 to 1960) Harequin books is G. Collins. Who is he/she? Possibly Gordon Collins, Ontario College of Art 1944 graduate in Commercial Art. Otherwise no information found.

Harlequin 433

Harlequin 422 - April 1958

Harlequin 433 - July 1958

Monday, 2 October 2017

Harlequin Artists Part XXXV - Derrett (2)

In the first of the posts about early Harequin artist Derrett I said that I didn't know anything about him. Thanks to a correspondent I now can identify the artist with the third highest number of Harlequin covers in the first 10 years.

His full name is James Derrett McCarthy (1927-1982). A graduate of the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University), he was a commercial artist whose work could also be seen on other paperback covers and in Canadian magazines

Here are four of his covers from 1952 - all historical fiction.

Harlequin 169 - May 1952

Harlequin 178 - July 1952

Harlequin 187 - September 1952

Harlequin 190 - October 1952

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The Dusty Bookcase

Just out - The Dusty Bookcase (Biblioasis) by Brian Busby. Using posts from his The Dusty Bookcase blog, Mr Busby has told us the story of over a hundred (in his words) "forgotten, ignored and supressed" Canadian books. Among the books are sixteen that are the subject of this blog - Canadian paperbacks of the '40s and '50s. Bonus is cover and design by Seth.

Run, don't walk, to your nearest bookstore and buy.

Export Publishing Enterprises:

nn Artists Models and Murders Tedd Steele
70 Love is a Long Shot Alice K. Doherty
74 Soft to the Touch Clark W. Dailey
84 Sugerpuss on Dorchester Street Al Palmer
94 The Penthouse Killings Horace Brown
11A The House on Craig Street Ronald J. Cooke
21A The Door Between Neil Perrin
22A The Governor's Mistress Warren Desmond

Harlequin Books:

22 Crazy to Kill Ann Cardwell
177 The House That Stood Still A. E. van Vogt
233 Die With Me Lady Ronald Cocking
283 A Body For the Blonde Ken McLeod
390 Adopted Derelicts Bluebell S. Phillips

Arrow Publishing:

115 Bad Men of Canada Thomas Kelley

Studio Publications:

107 Flee the Night in Anger Dan Keller

Wm. Collins Sons & Co. Canada:

517 Present Reckoning Hugh Garner

NSL 70 - September 1949

NSL 70 back

NSL 74 - October 1949

NSL 74 back

Harlequin 22 - November 1949

Harlequin 22 back

Harlequin 177 - June 1952

Harlequin 177 back

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

The Pyx

Just back from Montreal where I bought the newly published twelfth book in Vehicule Press's Canadian noir series - John Buell's The Pyx (New York: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, 1959). The cover is taken from the original paperback edition - 1960's Crest 408. Although Barye Phillip's signature as artist has been removed.

Vehicule Press - 2017

Farrar, Straus & Cudahy - 1959