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Rader had been doing magazine illustrations and a few paperback
covers for Balcourt Art Service when Balcourt got the job
to provide the covers for a new line of books, Midwood. The
first numbered Midwood is #7, with art by Rudy Nappi, another
of Balcourts crew. Midwood 8, shown here, was Raders
first Midwood. Sheldon Lords CARLA (1958) was author
Lawrence Blocks first Midwood too, and his first published
book (the first book he wrote and sold, for Crest, came out
the following year). CARLA is a study in reds and greens,
with a redhead in a green dress surrounded by a swatch of
like colors. Right from the start, theres no question
that Rader, and Larry Block, and Midwood Books, will be heard
next cover is Midwood 11, IMMORAL WIFE (1959) by Gordon Mitchell,
one of the countless pen names used by the young science fiction
writer Robert Silverberg. No signature, but compare her hair
to Carlas. (Unless noted otherwise, all covers shown
are signed Rader. By not signed, I
mean no artists signature is visible on the cover.)
TO BE BAD by Sheldon Lord, #14. Not signed. Raders assignment
was to catch a passing potential customers eye in the
split second that potential customer walked past his neighborhood
newsstand or drug store paperback rack. Rader did his job
well. We celebrate that work here.
Loren Beauchamps CONNIE was a shocking book that called
for a shocking cover, and Rader provided it. This was a Midwood
best seller, with at least 6 printings. Beauchamp was the
pen name Robert Silverberg used most often at Midwood. His
books are always precise and professional.
20 is MAN HUNGRY by Alan Marshall, pen name of Donald E. Westlake.
Marshall would later become a house name at Nightstand, but
Westlake told me he wrote the first 10 Midwood Marshalls.
Rader would sometimes drop the final r down so
far that some uninitiated booksellers have said cover
UNWILLING SINNER by Loren Beauchamp (Silverberg).
sensuality. Compare the model to MAN HUNGRY.
rights to the cover images reverted back to the artist, so
in 1967 Rader recycled some of his Midwoods for Bee-Line Books.
ANY WOMANS STUD, shown here, was Bee-Line 247.
SALLY by Alan Marshall. Nude in the mirror. The drinking glass
and sink appear drawn in, possibly by another hand. Rader
never used that sketchy, penciled-in style popular
then with many illustrators. The cover art is reproduced on
the back cover without that drawing, again suggesting it was
added in. Raders signature has been partially cut off
on our copy.
69 BARROW STREET by Sheldon Lord. The first of many Rader
lesbian couples. These two cover models will appear again.
JUST ASK FOR MARGARET by W.B. Tasker. Compare with Beacon
313, shown below. Raders signature is obscured under
the word inside on the cover. >
NIGHT, ANOTHER LOVE by Beauchamp confuses novice collectors
because it says Midwood 29 on the spine. So does OF SHAME
AND JOY. Since there is no Midwood 27 and OF SHAME AND JOY
was copyrighted a year later, Midwood collectors have deduced
that ANOTHER NIGHT is a mis-numbered #27. Not signed, just
looks like a Rader face (and CARLA hair) to me
ALL THE GIRLS WERE WILLING by Marshall (1960). No signature.
I think this is Rader. .
OF SHAME AND JOY by Lord is not shown here, but the cover
art is identical to the 2nd printing (#121) shown below.
THE WIFE NEXT DOOR Marshall. For a long time this unsigned
cover was credited to Robert Maguire (see for example Warrens
Price Guide). But when I showed it to Maguire at the NY PB
Show, he said it was not his. If not Maguire, then who? The
style matches another Midwood artist, Paul Rader. The art
was later re-used at Edka Books for CALL-GIRL LOVE. >
WOMAN HATER by Dave Carson. Everyone has to have a least favorite
Rader cover. This is mine.
A WOMAN MUST LOVE Lord. The book said, she
was young and blonde and beautiful, so Paul Rader
brought her to life. Unforgettable. >
THE CHEATERS by Orrie Hitt. There certainly is a lot of touching
going on in these covers. The blonde got a haircut when Rader
recycled this cover art for All Star 137, THE PRICE OF PLEASURE.
KEPT Lord. Along about here I began to wonder, How
could one artist paint so many beautiful women? Rader
was a genius at it. Here is another brilliant composition,
another swirl of color. The models pose and shackle-like
bracelets reinforce the titles theme of entrapment
36. VIRGINS SUMMER Marshall. >
ANYBODYS GIRL March Hastings. Pen name of Sally
Singer. If you think Rader seems to be doing almost every
cover as Midwood sets its style in 1960, youre right.
A DOCTOR AND HIS MISTRESS Hitt. Some say not Rader
but Rudy Nappi. Nappi himself told me this is not his. So
THE SINS OF MARTHA LESLIE Holliday. Besides being so
overtly sensual, this is also a beautiful painting, all muted
tones and warm pastels. A favorite of many Rader collectors.
I like it because its the man who is nude for a change.
such a long run of Rader covers its almost a surprise
to find another artist on Midwood 40 (CANDY, not shown).
That artist was Charles Frace, who also did
156, THE FLESH IS WILLING.)
A GIRL CALLED HONEY Lord and Marshall. Block and Westlake
teamed up for this sex romp about a hooker and an AWOL Air
Force boy, and dedicated it to each other. Raders signature
is hard to see in the corner. Rader reused this art later
for MANS magazine.
STRANGE BREED Lucchesi. Raders gifted ability
to create beautiful women made his lesbian covers favorites
of both sexes. There is a hushed easy elegance in these two
TWO OF A KIND Hitt. The checklist was all set for
publication, when it suddenly hit me that this unassigned
cover might be a Rader. >
GLAD TO BE BAD Roberts. Signature has been cropped
off but we recognize that luscious hair, those long
fingers, that flash of passion.
UNNATURAL Sloane Britton. Midwood editor Elaine Williams
would later change the spelling of her pen name to Britain.
FARM GIRL Cassidy. Warrens Price Guide says this
is Rader. I dont think its him, based on the models
face and hair, but what do I know? What do YOU think?
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