The Blonde

Artist:Paul Rader
Date:1960
Medium:Mixed Medium on Illustration Board
Dimensions:Image sight size of 11" by 17" on a larger illustration board
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Cover for Midwood (Tower) Books 32-495 - The Blonde
Price:S O L D
Full view of image area

Full view of image area

 

The artist's signature lower left

The artist's signature lower left

 

The artwork as it appeared as the cover for The Blonde

The artwork as it appeared as the cover for The Blonde

A wildly erotic and revealed pin-up girl cover painting by the well regarded and prolific American illustrator and cover artist Paul Rader, for the 1960 Midwood Book titled "The Blonde". Part of what is today considered the golden age of lesbian pulp fiction, "The Blonde" tells the story of a tormented working girl who finds herself drawn away from men and towards women after a history of sexual assault, and her awakening to her identity as a bisexual. Written by Peggy Swanson (a pseudonym for Richard E. Geis) this lurid paperback is very much in keeping with the cultural myths that were prevalent about lesbianism at the time, and as the cover shows, describes the lifestyle in terms explicitly intended to titillate men as well as women. Cover copy reads: "Peggy wanted to marry and lead a normal life, but a voice that she heard since childhood kept saying, 'Never trust a man. Men will hurt you.'" The preview before the title page reads "...From now on, you're a working girl. You "specialize" in fems and butches. You're on call... for a hundred bucks a trick."

Detail of "Flo"

Detail of "Peggy"

 

Back cover paperback image and text

Back cover paperback image and text



 

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