PULP FICTION | VISUALLY GRIPPING PAPERBACK ART OF THE ’50s

Posted: February 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

PULP FICTION | VISUALLY GRIPPING PAPERBACK ART OF THE ’50s & ’60s

February 2, 2013

In case you missed it over on the TSY facebook page I’ve been obsessed with the below piece of work for quite some time, and finally posted it up and asked the beloved The Selvedge Yard clan for help in identifying the artist. It two about all of 2 seconds.

As a kid, my healthy diet of Happy Days, Sha Na Na, and flicks like The Lords of Flatbush deeply engrained a love of greaser culture and style that will surely remain until I die. “Bad Girls” by James Alfred Meese slays me with every viewing. Obviously the cover art was intentionally as lurid and enticing as possible to get you to part with your money and buy the “pulp” paperbacks that were named after the cheaply produced paper they were printed on. Here are a few other fine examples of pulp art, which really peaked in the ’50s & ’60s, in my humble opinion.

James Alfred Meese Bad Girls 900

Bad Girls — paperback cover art by  James Alfred Meese, 1958

bad girls james alfred meese pulp fiction art

Bad Girls– They prowl the fringe of the underworld for kicks – cover art by  James Alfred Meese, 1958

prize pupil amy harris pulp art 900

Prize Pupil — unsigned paperback cover art, 1966

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Prize Pupil, by Amy Harris – unsigned paperback cover art, 1966

THE SNATCH MITCHELL HOOKS

The Snatch — paperback cover art by Mitchell Hooks, 1958

the snatch cover art

The Snatch — Will these three men finally commit the most dangerous crime of all? — 1958

CHECK OUT:

Book Covers: Vintage Paperbacks, Mars Sci-Fi’s photostream

StevieB44′s photostream

Mitchell Hooks photostream

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