|William Teason, 1968|
Readers of the book will know
how clever a cover this is
Mid-century Agatha Christie hardcover art was often deadly dull indeed, with the publishers seemingly relying on Christie's name alone to sell books (not a bad call either, that).
Here are additional some examples of Christie paperback art:
Works by William Teason, who did Christie covers for Dell from the Fifties into the Seventies
Some of the more surrealistic Christie covers Tom Adams did for the English publisher Fontana in the Seventies and a couple more of his wonderful Pockets I have found
Some examples of Bantam and Pocket paperback editions I purchased as a kid back in the Seventies and the Eighties with appropriately, my own pocket money
Those later Pockets bring back tremendous nostalgia for me, of a time when reading mysteries was really exciting, in a way it never has been quite since: the thrill as a kid of desperately trying to determine just whodunit--and usually never coming close succeeding!
|Some of the surrealistic images from Tom Adams' wild Fontana covers|
As weird as this Caribbean Mystery cover is, he did an even weirder one,
with just the old Major's glass eye!
|Here Adams vividly depicts the murder scene in MMD and a pivotal moment in TMC. Clever!|
|the back covers|
|These later Pocket designs were rather minimalistic, but I always found the Ordeal|
cover from 1976 rather sinister. I remember trying to figure it out and being completely gulled.
|William Teason, 1970 and 1969|
He loved the skull motif and a variety of weapons.
|presumed William Teason, the classic items composition design|
|presumed William Teason|
|William Teason, 1959|
a droll, ironic design
|William Teason, 1965|
Arthur Hastings on the letter from Emily Arundell
that draws him and Poirot into the case:
"It's exactly as though a spider had got into an inkpot
and were walking over a sheet of notepaper!"