Armed Services Editions.
Printed in the millions, publishing incredibly diverse authors and subjects
, now semivaluable.
What (besides this tiny project)
are our servicemen reading today? This
is the closest thing I can find, and it’s linkless and referenceless.
is also a 'mapback'
. Dell published
hundreds of paperbacks
in this manner, the back of the book featuring a colorful map
of the scene of the crime
or events in the story
. They were very popular in their day and are popular today with collectors as well
." -From Gary Lovisi's essay about collecting paperbacks
is a big, fat weirdo
who writes really hilarious books for smart children and young adults. He can also be heard
on NPR. His most famous novels include The Hoboken Chicken Emergency, Fat Men From Space, Lizard Music,
and Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars.
Some of his books are being slowly republished in omnibus form.
You can read an interview with him here
, or peruse some obsessive links.
were undersized paperback novels published
from the mid 1950s
to the late 1960s.
was on one side, the other, upside-down
on the back. Sometimes
, they were intended to introduce a new author t o the public by piggybacking the newcomer with a well-known professional (with varying results)
Aside from the novelty of the layout of an Ace Double there is the fabulous art
by now-unknown artists like Ed Emshwiller (Emsh)
, Jack Gaughan (my favorite)
and Ed Valigursky
I myself am partial to the D series.