Monday, December 03, 2007

Now Appearing on the Right . . .

. . . a slideshow of Mike Shayne's Mystery Magazine covers from the good old days. If you'd like slightly larger photos, there's a flickr slideshow here.

7 comments:

Todd Mason said...

Any particular connection, or simply what was at hand? Did you write any Shaynes, Bill?

Bill Crider said...

These are the ones I had lying around. I never wrote for the magazine, but of course James Reasoner did a number of stories under his own name as well as the lead novels as "Brett Halliday." Joe Lansdale and Lew Shiner both had stories in some of those issues, as did L. J. Washburn and Steve Mertz. Among many others.

TM said...

I'm noticing that toward the end, MSMM more often than not followed publisher Sol Cohen's rule for FANTASTIC and AMAZING...put every writer's name on the cover. It might make for a more cluttered cover, but I'm sure it was major egoboo for the young/newer writers, gazed upon lovingly while munching on a toadburger or so with the penny/word.

Bill Crider said...

Those covers are a bit cluttered, but I like seeing those names on there. Some of them are forgotten now, but some of them have sure gone on to bigger and better things.

TM said...

And, as with Wallace West and Raymond F. Jones in Ted White's magazines, some, like Talmage Powell here, were coming to their end, but still keeping their hands in. I have no problem with clutter, myself. (Ask anyone who's lived with me.)

Anonymous said...

The one with the gorilla was originally the cover of Fritch's short-lived SF Magazine GAMMA. And another looked suspicously like a GIRL FROM U.N.C.L.E. cover.

Jerry House

Bill Crider said...

That cover recycling business has been going on for a long time. I love the ape cover.