Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Other Gumshoe Drops

Below is our cover for The Robert E. Howard Foundation's forthcoming collection, Steve Harrison's Casebook. This is the companion volume to Tales of Weird Menace — whose cover appears in our previous post. Since together these two books collect all of REH's weird menace/yellow peril stories — subjects that are probably most comfortable in their own era — we decided to create a lurid pulp-style cover for the first volume, and a pseudo paperback-style cover for this one. The original is painted 11¾ × 18", in oil on an Ampersand Hardbord panel.

Thanks for all of your great feedback on our last cover!


  Below is the final cover, with text:

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8 comments:

  1. Absolutely perfect-I can't wait to get a copy.

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  2. That is great! I love the art you folks do! It is fantastic.

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  3. Up until now, your cover for The Early Adventures of El Borak was my favorite. I liked the dynamic pose and the use of white space. This one though is trying hard to take Gordon's place. Love the composition and the lighting. Well done.

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  4. Thanks, Charles. The story Lord of the Dead begins with Steve Harrison walking through a dark alley. When we illustrated the story for Crimson Shadows, we created a small ink-wash picture of Steve in an alley lighting a cigarette — you can see that illo at this LINK. A number of people really liked that piece, so when we were assigned this cover, we thought it might be fun to flesh out that idea in color. Since we designed The Early Adventures of El Borak jacket to look a little like an old movie poster, we decided to hang a pseudo-'30s-movie poster for Lord of the Dead on the alley wall behind Steve.

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  5. I remember that ink wash illo now. Very cool. And yes, the movie poster background works great. I've already pre-ordered both new books, so looking forward to having the covers on my shelf. I'll put them right next to El Borak.

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  6. Er...let me clarify that. I emailed and told them I would buy copies of both as always. The books aren't up for pre-order. heh

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  7. I know I'm a few years late but would you guys by chance have a version of this for sale? This cover is the only reason I bought the volume and I gotta say what a great decision it was.

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  8. Hi Miles,

    Hey, glad you liked the cover! We sold the original at Spectrum Live last year, but if you're interested in a print, just drop us a line and we'll see what we can do. On the left side of the page, just under all those pictures of book covers (but above the links), there's a "CONTACT" button. Just click on that, drop us an email, and we'll see if set you up with a print. Cheers!

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