Monday, 2 October 2017

Harlequin Artists - Part XXXVI - 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
CTED AND SUPPRESSED WRITI

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


Saturday, 1 July 2017

150 and Counting

The British North American Act, enacted March 29, 1867 by the British Parliament, provided for Confederation of the three British North American colonies, Canada (Upper and Lower), Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Now much amended as the Constitution Act, 1867, it was proclaimed into law on July 1, 1867 and Canada was born. The first official birthday celebration was in 1868, July 1 being named Dominion Day in 1879 and Canada Day in 1982.

Expo 67 and Marshall McLuhan. Two lasting memories of Canada's 60s. 

Here are pages from an early Expo souvenir book and 1960s paperback editions of McLuhan's four most famous books. The Medium is the Massage is a PBO.






Beacon Press  BP 265 - 1967

Beacon Press BP 265 back

Signet Y3913 (Can printing) - 1969

Signet Y3913 back

Bantam R3348 - 1967

Bantam R3348 back

Signet Q3039 - 1966

Signet Q3039 back

Friday, 14 April 2017

Canadian Erotica

Your correspondent was recently part of a National Post article about erotica (aka porn) held at Library and Archives Canada. And here is a link to a LAC web site about Canadian pulp.

The article showcases two Canadian paperbacks - Harlequin 1 from Winnipeg's Harlequin Books and Crow 21 from Toronto's Alval Publishers.

Crow 21 - May 1949

Crow 21 back

Harlequin 1 - May 1949

Harlequin 1 back

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Collins White Circle Reprints Part XIII

I've been collecting the White Circle series from Toronto Publisher Wm. Collins & Sons Co. Canada for about nine years. I have all but two first printings but remain unsure how many other printings I'm missing. For instance I just came across one of my favourite reprints from 1943/44 that I didn't know existed. 

These are reprints where Collins changed the colour of the covers but kept the design. In this case, like a few others, the printings can't be distinguished. The only diffference, aside from the colours, is an odd loop at the bottom of the "R" in "Whispering" on the red/blue version.

At this point there is only one of these reprints that I know I'm missing. Could be others.

White Circle 70 - 1943

White Circle 70 back

White Circle 70 - 1943

White Circle 70 back