04 February 2013

A Comic Book Artist's Absurd Murder Mystery

Artists, Models and Murder
Tedd Steele
Toronto: News Stand Library, 1948
141 pages

This review now appears, revised and rewritten, in my new book:
The Dusty Bookcase:
A Journey Through Canada's
Forgotten, Neglected, and Suppressed Writing
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  1. Ever think of compiling all these posts on the Canadian alternative crime writers into a book? By now you have the makings of a new kind of Gun in Cheek.

    1. Not to give anything away, but... More anon.

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    1. Remarkable, is it not? Doubly so when placed next to the other News Stand Library title that month George Victor Martin's Mark It With a Stone. Just as naughty - and I think that's the same woman.

    2. Look to your contemporaneous pulps...and not a few paperbacks. Part of why "Paperback Writer" could be a concept for the Beatles two decades later...and why it drives me up a wall when would-be hipsters try to conflate pulps and paperbacks, when pbs were quite capable of getting a bad rap from bluenoses all on their seedy own...

  3. I have a copy of this book - i.e. Artists Models and Murder, by Tedd Steele, Toronto: export Publishing enterprises, 1946 - in nice condition, with cover art depicting a red-haired nude woman in a picture or mirror frame. Jim Anderson Books, Winnipeg