Saturday, September 11, 2010

Pocket 6043 (5th printing, 1960)

Title : The Case of the Fan Dancer's Horse
Author : Erle Stanley Gardner
Cover art : uncredited

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The cover art for Pocket 6043 is done in the 'Charles' style, but no artist is credited. A shapely blonde wearing exotic dancer garb seems to be sitting on some kind of wall. Or is she suspended in mid-air? BTW love all that red on the cover! Anyway, the evidence suggests that Fan-Dancer’s Horse has been rather well served by vintage cover art; a glance at LibraryThing and ABEBooks reveals at least six pb editions which appeared during the (more or less) classic years of 1940-1968, all with pretty tasty cover designs. The most direct comparison is of course the somewhat more risqué Pocket first printing (no. 886) of 1952. In this version cover art legend Earl Bergey depicts in most tantalizing fashion a naked brunette wearing only red high-heeled shoes hiding behind a fan.

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