The Fast Buck

Artist:Harry Barton
Date:1953
Medium:Tempera on board
Dimensions:11 1/4" by 19" Framed 24 1/2" by 33 1/2"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Cover for Ace Double Novel D-29 The Fast Buck
Price:Sold
Full view of cover painting

Full view of cover painting

 

signature appears twice in the lower left corner

Signature appears twice in the lower left corner

 

The artwork as it appears on the cover of The Fast Buck

The artwork as it appears on the cover of The Fast Buck

In a classic, provocative, and lurid confrontation, Harry Barton shows a fiery redheaded femme-fatale struggling with Joe Chicago, the square-jawed, prizefighting hero of Ross Laurence's 1953 mobster crime novel The Fast Buck. First published as a part of the Ace Double Novels series, this is a classic example of danger and drama, with provocative undertones, from the down and dirty world of post-war sleaze paperback publishing. Beautifully framed and silk matted behind glass and ready to hang.

Framed view

Framed view

The Fast Buck was republished in 1955 by Phantom Books for an overseas audience, with a slightly different photo-mechanically altered cover as seen below. The reissue likely accounts for the double signature visible on the left hand side of the artwork. A copy of both published appearances of the art is included with sale.
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Framed corner profile

Framed corner profile

Verso view before framing

Verso view before framing



 

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