Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Art of Phantom Paperbacks

The covers to these Lee Falk Phantom novelizations are simply wonderful examples of paperback cover illustration. I'm 99.9% sure that these were painted (for the most part) by George Wilson- although I have been unable to verify that. Wilson was a prolific illustrator who also painted hundreds of covers for Gold Key comics. Oddly enough, Wilson's art profile never mentions his comic book work.

6 comments:

  1. I have the full collection of these books, and have enjoyed them for many years! The covers are just fabulous!

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  2. I like those old books too... though I have to say sometimes the cover is the best thing about them... especially is this true with the ones written by Goulart... LOL

    Book #1 is a classic though... I was lucky enough to find a copy years ago, when I was about 14 [1978]. It remains my favorite of the novels.

    I actually wish someone would reprint it in a nice trade edition with lots of B&W illustrations [sort of like the new Robert E. Howard collections]... I think it would be perfect for that format.

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  3. Albie: I'm still waiting to get my mits on these! I just liked the covers so much I felt they were blog-worthy.

    Those R.E. Howard collections are nice! Much better than the stories I read as a kid, mangled by DeCamp and Carter. And I really dig the Gary Gianni Illustrations in the Solomon Kane book.

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  4. I recently bought several of these and I agree: the covers are magnificent. The books, however, vary. The ones Talk himself wrote are great. The others, while still adapting the stories well, just lack something.

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  5. Falk, not Talk. Darn auto correct!

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