If you are or were a fan of the Warren magazines Creepy, Eerie, and Vampirella, you will have seen many covers with art by Spanish illustrator Enrich Torres. What you may not know, however, is that Enrich also produced cover art for U.S. fiction houses such as Ace and Dell. Here are two examples:
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As you can see, my copy of Hasan is a bit scuffed up. The book looks that way because 1) I have had it in my collection since I was a teenager, 2) I have always transported all of my books to wherever I have lived and unpacked them onto shelves, i.e., I never leave books in storage if I can help it, so they are definitely subject to shelf wear, and 3) I’ve never been obsessive about keeping my books in perfect condition, mainly because I don’t care about their re-sale value. I try not to do foolish things, like break the spines by opening them too flat, or turn down the corners of pages in lieu of a bookmark, but I don’t have anything in bags that I didn’t buy in a bag. I do, however, like to put clear archival covers over the dust jackets of reference books and books that I definitely want to preserve and hand down to my son, and yet, I have many, many hardcovers that have no extra protection at all. And if I get tired of owning a book, or I’m unhappy with the condition, I either throw it out or give it away. I don’t sell books, ever. It’s way, way, way too much of a hassle for me.