TRASHY TUESDAY: CATCH ME A PHOENIX by Carter Brown
Robert McGinnis’ famous Good Girl Art covers are synonymous with the American Signet editions of the Carter Brown novels in the 1960s. These covers were sometimes reproduced on the Australian editions of the books by Horwitz (the original publishers of Carter Brown), but more often they would they commission local unacknowledged artists to paint different covers in the McGinnis style. See my earlier article: https://murdermayhemandlongdogs.com/australian-carter-brown-covers/
With Catch Me A Phoenix!, however, the publishers decided to take the original McGinnis cover and brighten it up a bit by changing the colour scheme. They also changed the font a little on the blurb to make the model more prominent and central, and for some reason removed the ! after Phoenix (although it is retained on the title page inside). They also removed McGinnis’ signature which is clearly visible on the original Signet edition below.
The revamped McGinnis cover with its bright purples and green is much more striking cover than the original version with its muted browns.
Horwitz also included the monochrome cover of McGinnis’ art for Blonde On The Rocks on the back cover of Catch Me A Phoenix!, in the same way as it appeared on the Signet version.
The McGinnis cover for Blonde On The Rocks:
Two Australian versions of Blonde On The Rocks for comparison.
In the end I think that the Horwitz revamping of the original McGinnis cover for Catch Me A Phoenix! actually improved it and made it more striking! It is a shame though that they removed his name.