Monday, October 27, 2014

A Chaotic Mishmash

The cover shown above, writes Art Scott, co-author of The Art of Robert E. McGinnis (Titan), is “a perfect example of the oddball use of McGinnis images on foreign editions … My Finnish is a bit rusty, but the copyright page tells us this is Assignment Peking, [the 28th entry] in the Sam Durell series. OK, the Asian girl in traditional garb explains why it was used, but are we really supposed to think that’s mod superspy Sam Durell in the background, dressed just like Lee Van Cleef in For a Few Dollars More? The original was painted for a 1962 Dell western by Hal G. Evarts, The Silver Concubine, set in 1883. Like I said, as long as there was a pretty girl …”

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