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Look Here: Five Sax Rohmer novels with cover art by J. Lombardero

I’ve posted scans of two of the following covers before, so in order to add value, I’ve rescanned one of the repeats and scanned the other from a duplicate copy that I have in my collection:


I’m certainly no expert on the publication history of the novels of Sax Rohmer, but it seems unlikely to me that they have ever been as attractively and appropriately packaged as they were when Pyramid was the publisher and Joe Lombardero was the cover artist. Sad to say, but sans Lombardero, Pyramid embraced a far more pedestrian design for their Sax Rohmer books (not that the actual readers of the books probably cared one way or the other). Here, for instance, is Pyramid’s edition of Emperor Fu Manchu, with art by Len Goldberg, that was published in the same year, 1966, as four of the five paperbacks posted above with art by Lombardero:

Oddly enough, around the same time, Sax Rohmer and Pyramid Books got a bit of “free” publicity from International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation, New York:

Unfortunately, librarians have often used exactly the same argument that the folks at ITT deploy in that advertisement to defend Corpsman C. Sanders’ preference for Fu Manchu over Hamlet to defend the inclusion of comics in library collections…

But anyway, no publicity is bad publicity, right?

Keywords: Brood of the Witch-Queen, The Dream Detective, The Golden Scorpion, The Green Eyes of the Bast, The Yellow Claw, Sax Rohmer, J. Lombardero, Len Goldberg.

2 thoughts on “Look Here: Five Sax Rohmer novels with cover art by J. Lombardero

  1. Thanks for the lovely compliment, marten, and the helpful link, but I do know who Frank Hampson is, and if I had something — anything! — with art by Frank Hampson in the house that I could scan and post, I’d scan and post it. But I’ve got nothing. No Frank Hampson. No Dan Dare. Seriously.


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