Friday, May 4, 2007
Designs I Love: Hard Case Crime
Here's a whole publisher I'm very fond of: Hard Case Crime. Their whole schtick—new and vintage pulp paperbacks with newly illustrated, retro-looking covers--is just plain fun, and it's been executed superbly. And the books are pretty good, too!
In the credit where-it's-due department, the above cover illustration is by Chuck Pyle, and the credits for the rest are here. I'm not sure who's responsible for the series as a whole--the website credits Steve Cooley with "cover design after 2006," but it's not clear who originated the look. Whoever it is, they did a hell of a job. Here's a few more of my favorites: