I started collecting pulp paperbacks—as much for the cover art as for the content—in the early 1990s after a friend introduced me to the writing of Fredric Brown. Finding that one of Jeff's favorite artists, Mitchell Hooks, had illustrated some of Brown's book covers was a happy discovery for both of us. Typically, we'll pick up a vintage pulp based on cover art, then start reading to decide if it's worth keeping. Fredric Brown, we always keep. Covers by Mitchell Hooks, we always keep. What's nice is when the two intersect as with His Name was Death.
A few more examples of Hooks' brilliant book covers from the shelf—
Hooks is arguably better known for his movie poster illustrations, such as 1962's Dr. No (for lots more Hooks art and information, check out Today's Inspiration).
posted by Rachel