Dames, Dolls and Delinquents: A Collector's Guide to Sexy Pulp Fiction Paperbacks

Dames, Dolls and Delinquents: A Collector's Guide to Sexy Pulp Fiction Paperbacks

by Gary Lovisi

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It's no secret the sexy and racy cover art of femme fatales from the golden age of paperbacks and magazines exalts the female form in all its sexy and sultry allure. Still today, these lustful, passionate and sometimes lurid images are enticing and artistically inspiring.

From sexy, semi-dressed pin-up dolls to dangerous bad girls and deadly dames, many of these rare covers were painted by some of the most talented and collectible artists of the last 50 years, including popular American artists Robert Bonfils, Robert Maguire, Gene Bilbrew and Bill Ward, and British artists Reginald Heade and H.W. Perl.

Always titillating, often tawdry, definitely not politically correct nor for the faint of heart, the nearly 700 full-color pulp fiction paperback cover images in this book show women in all their sexy, sassy and sinful best.

This dynamic book also features:

   • 700 covers with title, author, cover artist, publisher, book number, and date of publication for each book
   • Values for three grades of condition
   • A quick guide to collecting
   • A list of specialist book dealers and collector shows

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440218484
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/18/2009
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 92 MB
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Dames, Dolls and Delinquents: A Collector's Guide to Sexy Pulp Fiction Paperbacks 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Henry_Berry More than 1 year ago
One could easily forget that this is a guide to collectible paperbacks in looking through page after page of colorful cover art. Lovisi has divided the roughly 700 covers mostly four per page with a few full-page into certain subjects and types of images. These include the basic Sexy Pin-up Dolls and Sultry Sweethearts to the troubling and somewhat more complex Bad Girl Delinquents and Deadly Femme Fetales to the provocative and exotic Luscious Lesbians and Fetish Covers. Other categories are eroticized women in certain activities--Women in Peril, Women and Violence, and Heated Embraces. Inevitably there is overlap since the aim of any of the covers of such pulp fiction is to strongly suggest or depict outright sex--better yet, forbidden sex--danger, and uncontrolled and often perverse emotions. Underneath these striking, evocative cover illustrations are the book's author, cover illustrator, publisher, and prices according to grades. Though many of the illustrators are unknown. In an introductory section, Lovisi discusses the art of a few of the most notable artists who are known. In many cases, however, the publishers would block out the artist's name. The selling point of such pulp fiction was not who was the cover artist. In most cases, publishers would alter the cover art anyway in the printing by making reds and other bright colors more vivid and glaring and would freely intrude on the art with titles, subtitles, and story blurbs. Such fiction of interest mainly for the covers doesn't get high prices as far as collectibles and auction prices go. Between $40 and $125 is the range for most in better condition. There is one though titled Junkie (1953) by the author named William Lee which can go for over $1,000 in near perfect condition. William Lee is the pseudonym of William Burroughs, author of the Tarzan series whose first editions written in the early 1900s bring thousands of dollars. So many pulp fiction titles were published when they were at the height of their popularity during the 1950s and into the 1960s that no guide can include them all. Along with being of interest as a gallery of book cover art in the vein of mass-market publishing and popular culture, this guide presents covers which have been proven to have value to collectors.
Shrike58 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of those cases where you can judge a book by the cover, as this collection delivers just what the title says. Not for the politically correct, and I'm not even sure that it works that well as a price guide (you'd need a serious collector to make that assessment), but if you're looking for a guilty pleasure to dip into at random you'll be satisfied on that basis.