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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Feral House; 1St Edition edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932595228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932595222
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.4 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The color quality of the images is amazing, and each painting tells a wonderful and shocking story.
Chad Helder
"Mexican Pulp Art" is a collection of painted artwork that was used for the covers of various cheap throwaway fiction published in Mexico in the 1960s and 1970s.
Danno
After the introduction we get to the meat of the book and that is the vibrant, full-page reproductions of the cover art.
Trent Reinsmith

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Trent Reinsmith on August 5, 2007
In the 1960's America saw the rise of the erotic pulp paperback. The simple object of the covers of these books was to lure in the potential buyer with the promise of sex. The more lurid the cover was, the better the chance that the book would be purchased. The marketing plan worked to perfection and millions of the books were sold. Close to the same time a similar strain of book was being released in Mexico and the covers were designed in the same manner, to entice purchase. The difference between the marketing in America and the marketing in Mexico was vast. In the States they peddled softcore porn and prurient interests on the cover of their pulps, while Mexico went for the straight up bizarre. Mexican Pulp Art is a celebration of the art that graced the covers of the paperbacks that were released south of the US border.

Maria Cristina Tavera pens the introduction to this collection. Tavera relates how the covers were used to lure the purchaser in and with 30 million pulps being produced monthly the competition was tough. The introduction is brief but revealing, telling of the different types of pulp titles that were produced in Mexico and how they were marketed to the public. She also relates how the books were assembled by the creative teams that put them together as well as how the themes covered in the pulps related to the Mexican way of life. After the introduction we get to the meat of the book and that is the vibrant, full-page reproductions of the cover art.

Mexican pulp covers celebrate sex as much as their American counterparts, but they also throw in violence, sci-fi weirdness, lucha libre, psychedelia, murder, and crime.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rain Boots on October 17, 2007
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I love the pictures in this book, but the dimensions of the book are small. It would have been much better if the book had been larger.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chad Helder on December 29, 2008
As a writer and lover of campy horror, I find delight and inspiration in the pages of this super-colorful and imaginative book.

Flipping through the pages of this book is truly a wonderful experience. The color quality of the images is amazing, and each painting tells a wonderful and shocking story.

In fact, I based a short-story writing assignment on these images for my creative writing class. There are many images that evoke a story in the viewer's mind. I find myself browsing through the book all the time just to get another jolt of vivid imagination. It just makes me happy. Most of the images are completely over-dramatic and lurid, and these are the ingredients that make this such a fun book.

The book also includes an introduction that explains the original context of these art pieces as covers for pulp fiction magazines. It also puts the images in a cultural context, a mixture of popular fiction and folklore.

This book will inspire the imagination of any writer in the field of supernatural fiction, and any fan of the lurid and the bizarre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By by-fire on December 27, 2013
First, I am an avid collector of Mexican pulp art. I love the immediacy and strength of the images. Some of the art is amazing and deserving of respect and admiration. This book has some excellent examples of this art and additionally depicts a wide range of the types of subjects addressed by Mexican pulp. I was surprised by the reviewer who said that these paintings were not published covers. I personally know that this viewpoint is not accurate. I own covers by artists represented in this book and also the matching comic book. They are difficult to find, as most painted covers were not archived with the matching comic book, but that does not mean they do not exist. I encourage the reviewer to continue to hunt for these treasures as they are worth the effort.
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