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Breathless Homicidal Slime Mutants: The Art of the Paperback Paperback – September 7, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789318040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789318046
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,051,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For Steven Brower, the author of Breathless Homicidal Slime Mutants (Universe Publishing) - a book that celebrates the art of the paperback - there is nothing quite like printed matter.  This book chronicles the history of the paperback format and highlights the designers behind the tantalizing cover art that became its signature selling point." ~Nylon

"Packed with worthy representatives from numerous genres, Breathless Homicidal Slime Mutants is a visual and visceral feast that provides a compelling introduction to the history of pop art in the 20th century."

About the Author

Steven Brower teaches conceptual design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and Kean University in New Jersey. Co-author of Woody Guthrie Artworks, he is the recipient of numerous design awards.

Steven Heller is co-chair of the School of Visual Arts MFA Designer as Author program and co-founder of its MFA Design Criticism and MFA Interaction Design programs.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on November 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
Steven Brower's book is a refreshing change from the usual historical look back at paperback cover art. Many of them tend to concentrate on bottom of the market sex titles that provide an opportunity to fill out the pages with mildly titillating cover art. Despite a rather over-the-top title, which suggests that Brower only looks at instantly forgettable paperbacks, I found his book a thorough and fascinating coverage of paperback cover art.

The thirteen genre chapters almost cover the complete market with a short intro to each though some only have a few covers. 'Lavender liaisons' about the gay women titles only has two; 'Changing world' on social problems has six. Nicely there is a chapter on humor titles, not normally included in books on cover art, with six covers but oddly, considering how comprehensive the book's coverage is there is nothing on cartoon paperbacks, neither individual artists or reprints of cartoons from consumer weeklies or monthlies.

If you are interested in pop culture from the past the book is certainly worth getting but I was slightly disappointed with the production, so four stars. The first thing I noticed was that the paper, a good matt art stock, was a bit too thick for the size of the book and its pages, they made it a bit unwieldy to handle. The other problem was the layout. Frequently spreads had two covers, page size that butted together into the middle, not the best way to show off cover art, they looked too crammed in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Keith on November 5, 2010
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Great fat little book of mid-20th century paperback covers, and a few backsides (Dell Map Backs). Good reproductions. Not a perfect selection of choices, but includes some artwork I haven't seen before. Plus, it's got a nifty title. Divided into themed sections of mainstream popular paperbacks.
Would love to see a more comprehensive collection by this author. I'm still waiting for a book on just the Dell Map Backs. This will tide me over until then.

Great gift idea for lovers of old paperbacks and illustrative arts.
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