Sultry Sunday #3 - The weekly "Pop Sensation" crossover

Another Sunday means: another syndicated episode of Rex Parker's "Pop Sensation" -


Paperback 144: Ace Double F-111
(PBO / 1st ptg, 1961)

Title: The Girl from Las Vegas / To Have and To Kill
Author: J.M. Flynn / Robert Martin
Cover artist: uncredited / uncredited

Best things about this cover:

  • Q: What's the one thing that could upstage a half-naked, armed redhead reclining on your hotel room bed?
  • A: Those pants
  • This cover makes me feel funny ... I like that she's, uh, packing heat, but does she have to hold it like that. It's making me worried/confused. I think she's ordering me to kneel, but ... I'm scared to ask why.
  • It's like Ann-Margaret killed "I Dream of Jeannie," stole her hair, and then ran off to Las Vegas to, I don't know ... let's say, join Clown College.

Best things about this cover:

  • "Aaargh, Krull angry. Who paint words on Krull's back? Krull make someone pay for cleaning bill..."
  • "Abridged" - HA ha. "Long story short, he married her, killed her, and then carried her half-shod corpse over the threshold. Cue the music, fade to black, roll credits."
  • I should be keeping track of all the low-rent outfits that provide blurbs for my books. The Charleston News & Courier!? When did anyone ever take reading advice from South Carolina? (No offense, guys ... Go Gamecocks!)
Page 123~

He had shaved and changed into a light blue short-sleeved shirt and gray cord slacks. His attire surprised me a little, perhaps because I had subconsciously expected him to wear a dark mourning suit and somber tie. He still looked tired; eyes sunken, dark half moons beneath them. I leaned back in the chair and said, "Hi."

-from To Have and To Kill



Claire said...

I am so confused by the Girl From Vegas's torso. It just doesn't make any sense, visually or anatomically. And those pants... oh wow.

Mary B said...

Um, I don't think she's going to shoot you with the gun. She has other plans for it. It's a Sultry Sunday/Phallic Phriday crossover!

Kate Evans said...

The girl from Vegas looks like she has scoliosis.

Anonymous said...

It's nice to know I'm not the only person in the world who feels it necessary to judge a book by its cover!

Anonymous said...

Hey, I used to OWN those pants that the Vegas Girl is wearing. They were vintage Levis (or maybe Wranglers) - I have a pic to prove it!

Amanda said...

Eeeep! A review by the News & Courier?! You do know that we Charlestonians call it the Newsless Courier because, well, as you can see, it is.