Tuesday, August 21, 2018

From Mix ’n’ Match Mates, by Don Bellmore

Published by Companion Books, 1968. Original artwork by Robert Bonfils.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Chuck Intro, Hart to Hart Style

This dream sequence comes from the May 3, 2010, Chuck episode titled “Chuck Versus the Role Models.”



For comparison sake, here’s the Hart to Hart TV opening.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Yvonne Strahovski in Chuck

This video is borrowed from a YouTube page called DialogGetsInTheWay. The original version can be enjoyed here. Oh, and happy birthday, Yvonne!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Sunday, July 8, 2018

More Stylized Dell “Mapbacks”


The Robbed Heart, by Clifton Cuthbert (Dell #512, 1951).
Cover illustration by Robert Stanley.


Shell Game, by Richard Powell (Dell #518, 1951).
Cover illustration by Robert Stanley.


Hag’s Nook, by John Dickson Carr (Dell #537, 1951).
Cover illustration by Robert Stanley.


Jewels for a Shroud, by Walter de Steiguer (Dell #614, 1952).
Cover illustration by Raymond Pease.

Friday, July 6, 2018

By the Balls, by Dashiell Loveless

This 1998 paperback release of By the Balls, from Uglytown Productions, is a straight-ahead homage to the vintage Dell “mapbacks” line, complete with lists of characters and significant events contained in the book, and a front-cover banner reading “with crime map on back cover.”



Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope

Not all of Dell’s mapbacks were fronted by original paintings (a scattering of movie tie-ins, such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope [1948], substituted photographs of their stars), but the vast majority certainly were.



Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The American Gun Mystery, by Ellery Queen





When the Dell paperback version of Ellery Queen’s The American Gun Mystery was first released, in 1943, it featured the rear-cover art shown on the left. It was subsequently reissued with the “mapback” art on the right. The front-side illustration is by Gerald Gregg; the map is credited to Ruth Belew.

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Murder with Pictures, by George Harmon Coxe

Published by Dell, 1950. Cover illustration by Robert Stanley.



Dell Books’ “Keyhole” Colophons

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