Another of my favorite digest books are 'Croydon' not the most collectable of all the publishers but some of the earlier editions go for serious money if found in very good condition and again you get saucy titles, decent art and some very credible writers.
Croydon ran from numbers 11 up to 110 from years 1951 to 1954. The first to books # 11 & # 12 were both digests then for some strange reason for the next four in the series they were printed as normal size paperbacks. Published in New York based in an office on Fifth Ave .They returned to the digest size formula at # 17 'Street Of Sin' by Wright Williams.
11 - Cheaters At Love - Wright Williams
12 - Love Hungry - E.D. Jerome
13 - Reckless Virgin - Glen Watkins (Paperback)
14 - Shadows Of Lust - Ralph Carter (Paperback)
15 - Fool For Love - Wright Williams (Paperback)
16 - Sinner - Gordon Semple (Paperback)
17 - Street Of Sin - Wright Williams
|Street Of Sin # 17 - Art By Bernard Safran|
19 - Restless Wife - Gail Jordan (Peggy Gaddis)
20 - The Shame Of Vana Gilbert - Glen Watkins
|The Shame Of Van Gilbert # 20 - Glenn Watkins|
|Restless Wife # 19 - Gail Jordan|
22 - Strange Desires - Richard Himmel
23 - Sins Of A Private Secretary - Gail Jordan (Peggy Gaddis)
24 - Love Hungry Doctor - Florence Stonebraker
|Love-Hungry Doctor # 24 - Art by Lou Marchetti|
|Sins Of A Private Secretary # 23 - Gail Jordan|
26 - Immoral Models - Joan Sherman (Peggy Gaddis)
27 - Career Of Sin - Gordon Semple (William Arthur Neubauer)
28 - Mountain Sinner - Delmar Kingsland
29 - Dead-End Gal - William David
30 - French Nurse - Florence Stonebraker
31 - Army Mistress - William David
|Immoral Models # 26 - Art By Lou Marchetti|
|Career Of Sin # 27 - Art by Lou Marchetti|
|Mountain Sinner # 28- Art by Bernard Safran|
|Army Mistress # 31- Art by Lou Marchetti|
32 - Two-Timing Wife - Joan Sherman (Peggy Gaddis)
33 - High Priced Party Girl - Bart Frame .
|Two-Timing Wife #32 - Art by B. Safran|
|High-Priced Party Girl #33 - Art by B. Safran|
34 - Gang Mistress - Doug Dupperrault
|Gang Mistress #34 - Art by Bernard Safran|
36 - Blonde Temptress - Gordon Semple (William Arthur Neubauer)
37 - Strange Passions - Florence Stonebraker
|Strange Passions # 37 - Art by Bernard Safran|
39 - Indiscretions Of A French Model - Bart Frame
40 - Cellar Club Girl - Alan Bennett.
|Cellar Club Girl # 40|
Bernard Safran was a prolific artist for Croydon and his art can be found on many front covers and for me his art was either superb or just OK, you can see by the 3 copies above (all by Safran) that he was a very skilled artist and I for one can spot his style from 20 yards ......lovely art and worth hunting down !
Part 2 - Numbers 41 - 71 .
41 - Secrets Of Paris Nights - Denise Marcelle
|Secrets Of Paris Nights # 41 - Art by B. Safran|
42 - Scandals At A Nudist Colony - William Vaneer (James W. Lampp)
43 - Love-Hungry Boss - Peggy Gaddis
44 - Confessions Of A 'B' Girl - Sim Albert (Albert Simmons)
|Love-Hungry Boss #43 art by B. Safran|
|Confessions of a B Girl # 44|
46 - Girl-Crazy Proffesor - Florence Stonebraker
|Man Hungry Widow # 45 - Art by B. Safran|
|Gil-Crazy Professor # 46 - Art by Bernard Safran|
|Red-Headed Sinners # 47|
49 - Sinful Island Vacation - William Vaneer (James W. Lampp)
|Co-Ed Sinners # 48 - Art by Bernard Safran|
|Sinful Island Vacation # 49|
51 - Love Starved Woman - Peggy Gaddis.
52 - Love Cult - William Vaneer (James W. Lampp)
|Love-Starved Widow #51 - Art by B. Safran|
|Love Cult # 52 - Art by B. Safran|
|Warped Desires # 53 - Art by Bernard Safran|
|Scandalous French Doctor # 54|
|Shameless Play-Girl #55 art by Lou Marchetti|
57 - Love-Crazy Millionaire - Gordon Semple.
|Confessions Of A Pick-Up Girl #56|
|Love-Crazy Millionaire # 57 - Art by B. Safran|
59 - Scandals At A Country Club - Bart Frame
|Back-Road Motel #58 - Art by B. Safran|
|Scandals At A Country Club #59|
60 - Forbidden Passions - Wright Williams .
61 - Sinner (2nd Edition) - Gordon Semple (1st Ed # 16)
|Forbidden Passions # 60 - Wright Willaims|
|Sinner # 61 - Art by Rudy Nappi.|
63 - Man-Crazy Hussy - Gordon Semple
64 - Sin Cruise - Florence Stonebraker
65 - Indiscretions Of A TV Sinner - Gordon Semple
66 - Joy Girl - Delmar Kingsland
|Indiscretions Of A TV Sinner # 65|
|Joy Girl # 66 - 1954|
|House Of Sinners # 67 - Art by Bernard Safran|
69 - Scandalous Nurse - Peggy Gaddis.
|Scandalous Nurse # 69|
71 - Bad Girls Club - William David .
That takes up into the 70's now, still more to come. As you can tell, Artwork was predominantly done by Bernard Safran and nine novels so far in total by Peggy Gaddis, four by Wright Williams and a whopping ten by Gordon Semple !. Some stand out books in that section to collect are . Red Headed Sinner by Jonathon Craig (Author of 'Junkie' on Falcon), Love Cult by William Vaneer and Warped Desires by Gordon Semple.
Croydon are basically producing very tame love/romance novels with just a touch of sleaze, this is the reason they don't quite command the high prices like Rainbow & Falcon but still very much in demand by collectors.
Part 3 - Numbers 72 - 92 .
Here we go for more in the Croydon book series, as we on you will notice that a lot have now become 2nd Editions, some with new art and some with the original art, these 2nd editions are not as collectable but great non the less.
72 - Hoyden Of The Mountains - Delmar Kingsland
73 - Woman Crazy Doctor - Sim Albert (Albert Simmons)
74 - Playboy's Nurse - Gordon Semple .
|Playboy's Nurse # 74|
76 - Career Of Sin (2nd Edition) - Gordon Semple (#27)
|Strange Desires #75 - Art by Lou Marchetti|
|Career Of Sin #76 - Art by Lou Marchetti|
78 - Stag-Party Girl - Bart Frame .
79 - French Nurse (2nd Edition) - Florence Stonebraker (#31)
|French Sinner # 77|
|French Nurse # 79 - Art by Lou Marchetti|
80 - The Lonely Soldiers (2nd Edition) - Willaim David (#31)
81 - Rooming-House Girl # 81 - Sim Albert (Albert Simmons)
|Rooming-House Girl # 81 - Sim Albert|
83 - Affairs Of A Party Girl (2nd Edition) - Bart Frame (#33)
84 - Wayward Girl (2nd Edition) - Doug Dupperault (#34)
85 - Indiscretions Of A French Model (2nd Edition) - Bart Frame (#39)
86 - Soldiers Girl (2nd Edition) - Joan Sherman (Peggy Gaddis) (#32)
|Soldiers Girl #86 - Art by Bernard Safran|
|Indiscretions Of A French Model # 85|
87 - Wild Bride - Sim Albert (Albert Simmons)
|Wild Bride # 87|
89 - Shanty-Town Tease - Florence Stonebraker.
|Shanty-Town Tease # 89|
|Man-Crazy Nurse # 90|
91 - Waterfront Hotel - Gordon Semple
92 - Warped Desire (2nd Edition) - Gordon Semple (#53)
Part 3 - Numbers 93 - 110
Here are the last of the Croydon book list with a few gaps (unknown titles ....can you help?)
93 - Confessions Of A 'B' Girl (2nd Edition) - Sim Albert (Albert Simmons) (#44)
94 - Tenement Girl (2nd Edition) - Alan Bennett (#40)
95 - Confessions Of A Wild Co-Ed - Florence Stonebraker
96 - French Pick-Up - Denise Marcelle
|French Pick-Up # 96|
98 - Unknown
99 - Unknown
100 - Unknown
101 - She Lives In Sin - Ralph Carter (William Arthur Neubauer)
102R - Shameful Love - Thomas Stone (Florence Stonebraker)
|Shameful Love # 102 R - Thomas Stone|
104 - Life Of Lust - Wright Williams
105 - Sin Island - Ralph Carter (William Arthur Neubauer)
106 - Immoral Woman - Lee Jackquin
107 - Sinful Model - Joan Sherman (Peggy Gaddis)
108 - Sins Of An Inspiring Actress - Doug Dupperault
109 - Back Country Wench - Gail Jordan (Peggy Gaddis)
110 - Scandalous Career Girl (2nd Edition) - Gordon Semple (#21)
|Scandalous Career Girl # 110 - Art by Lou Marchetti|
|Back-Country Wench # 109 Art by Fred Rodewald|
So there you have it the (nearly complete) list of Croydon books, I have shown you the 39 copies that I own and as you can see I need many more to complete this collection ! but that is the joy of hunting down these books, one day they just appear and you purchase 4 then you wont see another for 6 months !!!!
Happy hunting folks......coming next from me will be 'Original' & 'Star' novels !