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Fox, Gardner F.
KOTHAR OF THE MAGIC SWORD [kothar2]
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|ex-ChUSFA: stamp on first inside page, page 85. MORE INFO|
Tight and square with flat spine - probably unread. Age-spotting along right side of back cover (and some on spine.) Light overall wear, sticker-traces and 1/4" scrape in middle of cover. Normally I grade and price books with Jeff Jones covers higher than most - but the presentation on this Modern Promotions "Unibook" reprint seems shoddy compared to the 1969 Belmont original (fuzzy reproduction of art, obvious paste-up of company logo at left, mis-alignment of cover art 1/8" along right side.) But it is a perfectly good reading-copy of a book most people don't realize is a collection.
The second book in his five-book series about Kothar - Barbarian Swordsman. [From the back cover of the first-edition]:
This is actually a collection of 2 short novels: "The Helix from Beyond" and "A Plague of Demons." There are 2 illustrations for each story by an uncredited artist (my best guess from the signature glyph is "E. Robbins" ?)
Many paperback publishers in the late Sixties found they could sell about anything if they put a good cover on it. With Frank Frazetta and Jeff Jones at their prime, you couldn't go wrong - even if the book wasn't great, you got some really terrific artwork by master illustrators. (I haven't read this one, so I can't say if it lives up to the coverů)