AMERICAN ARTIST (20th Century)
    Honey Gal, paperback cover, 1958
    Tempera on masonite
    14.5 x 18 in.
    Not signed

    From the Estate of Charles Martignette.

    This painting was actually first published as half of the cover for Universal Giant-G8, The Lusty Land by Valerie Taylor (1953): "Even a Hired Hand Needs a Woman". It is its second publication, however, that earns this painting icon status among vintage paperback and pulp art collectors. With a few slight changes, most notably the wardrobe of the man and a subtle alteration of hairstyle and pigmentation for the woman, you have the cover for Beacon B160, Honey Gal, (1958), the highly collectible paperback original by famed mystery writer Charles Willeford: "He Was White. She Was Beautiful-And Bad", "A Starkly Naked Novel of Sin and Segregation". This is one of the most iconic paperback cover images we've had the pleasure to offer.

    Condition Report*:

    Area of flaking to the right of haystack; linear abrasion on the lower right edge; otherwise in good condition. Not framed.

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    October, 2011
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