Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Side by Side #6

8 comments:

pattinase (abbott) said...

Interesting how the cover artwork has pushed the author's name and the other text aside. I hadn't noticed this before. Is this a trend?

Anonymous said...

This is very subjective of course but as much as I like McGinnis his women are so stylized that they're not quite sexy to me...they're abstractions in a way. this Hard Case cover however is pure raw sexapalooza for me. This is a real woman and quite a real woman at that. I'd vote this the best Hard Case cover yet.

Sincerely,

Pope Luigi The Eighty Fourth

aka Ed Gorman

Bill Crider said...

I gotta admit that this is one new cover that beats the old one by a country mile.

Graham said...

Hard Case is not really interested in selling the author - they don't have an investment beyond each book. Having covers that share similarities pushed the series as a whole.

Plus, pushing aside that useless junk like the author's name and the title leaves more room for the babe.

Vince said...

Far be it for me to disagree with Ed Gorman. This is also my favorite Hard Case cover to date. I believe the technical term is "Yowza."

There's an informative short documentary on McGinnis as well as a gallery of his covers on the new Michael Shayne DVD set.

Anonymous said...

I agree that this is one of HCC's hottest covers. Let's give credit where due, the artist is Gregory Manchess, who has done several covers for HCC. The Fawcett artist looks like the fellow who signed his work "Charles", about whom there is scant information. Both covers featuring redheads, I have no particular complaints about either.
Art Scott

Bill Crider said...

I knew you'd go for the redheads.

Doc Quatermass said...

Both are nice covers. I too love redheads (as well as brunettes and blondes). Of the seven HCC books I have my favorite cover is on Wade Miller's Branded Woman.