Have you been keeping up with the month-long celebration of artist-illustrator Robert McGinnis’ work in my book-design blog, Killer Covers? Of course you have. Which is why you’re now familiar with his contribution to the Marvel Comics universe, the sometimes odd double uses of his imagery, McGinnis’ visual support for novels by John D. MacDonald and Ed McBain and Robert Terrall, and what might be called his OneShoe Off gimmick. It’s also why you recognize the source of the artwork fronting The Art of Robert E. McGinnis (Titan), a handsome forthcoming book by McGinnis and Art Scott (the latter of whom I recently interviewed for The Rap Sheet).
But that Killer Covers tribute finally ends today. I’ve been holding onto two Halloween-appropriate paperback façades especially for this occasion, both of them from Erle Stanley Gardner’s Perry Mason series: The Case of the Glamorous Ghost (1962) and The Case of the Haunted Husband (1962). You’ll find those here. And if you wish to revisit all of Killer Covers’ McGinnis posts, this is the place to look.
By the way, both of the aforementioned Gardner tales were adapted as episodes of the classic Perry Mason TV show. Since it’s Halloween, and we could all use some spooky-good entertainment, I’m embedding those episodes (found on YouTube) below.