Sunday, 15 June 2014

Vintage Pan Covers That Were

After the Vintage Books Covers That Never Were from a couple of weeks ago, here's a selection of covers from the aforementioned recently arrived shelfload of old Pan paperbacks. They have such a distinctive look, and seeing a bunch of them together only increases their appeal. There are, of course, some hardcore Pan collectors out there, none more hardcore than the curator of this mighty website, which is the (endlessly browsable) last word on the subject.

The covers below include Audrey Hepburn as painted by Sam Peffer (aka Peff), one of the best known Pan artists, particularly remembered for his James Bond work. In the years before Connery, Peff's Bond (complete with the unruly curl and vague resemblance to the American singer Hoagy Carmichael, as stipulated by Fleming in Casino Royale) was arguably *the* public image of 007. You can read more about Peff and see some of his Bond covers here.

There are also some covers by J. Oval, aka Ben Ostrick, who has been mentioned on this blog before...















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