Odd 1968 romance novel cover

James Gurney says:

201205090845If I had to give a prize for the most delightfully weird romance cover, it would have to go to "The Hungry Ones" from 1966.

Whatever his pickup line is, she seems to be taking him seriously. Should be an interesting date. What he hasn't told her yet is that she's got to fit into his VW with 19 of his friends.

The cover is the work of Elaine Duillo (b. 1928), a prolific and talented artist whose cover paintings defined the look of paperback books from the 1960s through the 1990s.

Like all of her contemporaries: James Avati, James Bama, Pino Daeni, Bob McGinnis, she was adept at crystallizing a book's appeal into an arresting image that made you itch to pick it up and start reading. As a woman working a field mainly dominated by male artists, she overcame many discouraging remarks and kept producing work of the highest caliber.


Amazon has one copy of The Hungry Ones available for $99.99.

Elaine's Romance Covers

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  1.  That cover just makes me want to scream, “RUN!  SHE HUNTS, BUTCHERS, AND EATS CLOWNS!”

    At least I think that’s what the premise of the novel is.

  2. He must have used some variation of Krusty’s line, “Hey baby, wanna get down with the clown?”

  3. He must have used some variation of Krusty’s line, “Hey baby, wanna get down with the clown?”

  4. I’ve seen that dude before: https://encrypted-tbn1.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRcS1mNc6X2dg3SQiCiC6nVutHxaKFbctcbmw1btJITmkI2SfyRpg

  5. an arresting image that made you itch to pick it up and start reading.

    No, this one just made me itch.

  6. Can’t sleep… clowns will eat me.
    Can’t sleep… clowns will eat me.
    Can’t sleep… clowns will eat me.
    Can’t sleep… clowns will eat me.
    Can’t sleep… clowns will eat me.
    Can’t sleep… clowns will eat me.

  7. It’s the clown shoes tattoos on his feet. Everyone knows they’re real babe magnets.

  8. Looks like the Crimson Clown, one of the more interesting noir detective characters. I guess by the 60s he was reduced to hitting on chicks in groovy sweaters…

  9. HAHAHAHA “The Hungry Ones” a Romance novel!  That like calling Debbie Does Dallas a teen comedy.

  10. But the plot twist is she’s a serial clown killer. Spends a lot of time in Florida and never misses a Cirque du Solei when it’s in town.

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