Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Digest art meets Star Books Australia !

Star Books were published in Australia from 1953 to 1955 and ran from numbers #201 - 310 then they changed to Star Mystery books from #311-334. They were a digest size book (and published up to 6 issues per month) and used covers and reprinted stories from Cameo, Falcon, Rainbow, Venus, Original and many more . All the art appears to be redrawn (sometimes pretty poorly)

FALCON DIGEST / STAR BOOK TWIN.



Sins of The Flesh ( with art by George Gross) shows a closer aspect of the couple .



Falcon again (Above) and this time it's Whip-Hand with a pretty decent art job on the Australian edition.



Lay Down And Die ....twice ! great art by Howell Dood gets a re drawing and overall is not to bad .


A 'Sweet Savage' Falcon Book # 38 by Norman A. Daniels becomes a 'Beloved Enemy' by Kermit Welles by Star Books # 252

RAINBOW DIGEST / STAR TWIN.



Again I only own one Rainbow twin 'Walk The Evil Street' which was re- titled in Australia as 'Sinister Street' . 

VENUS DIGEST / STAR TWINS.



She is still on parole ! but a gal needs to change outfits when the parole officer checks up on her !


On the cover art above (by Rudy Nappi) the Girl has had her hair dyed from Red to Blonde and has changed Doctor and now has a society quack to tend all her medical needs !


This Venus book (Art by Raymond Johnson) has been re-titled and re-worked so that she has magically got a new job in the nursing profession, which is nice !

Other Venus re-workings are 'Crossroads Of Desire'

CROYDON DIGEST / STAR TWINS.



This cover art by Lou Marchetti has been dramatically changed from the Croydon book (above) but you can really see where the inspiration came from within the art on the Star Book cover !


Original art again by Lou Marchetti. Here the dress has changed color and she obviously didn't feel much desire in the haunted woods so moved to the waterfront where she didn't feel so strange !
QUARTER DIGEST / STAR TWIN.



The only Quarter Book that I can find that was duplicated as a Star Book and as a re draw they did a great job . Not sure how the same art can be used on 'Three Men and a Mistress' then used on 'Satan's Girl ' !!!

ORIGINAL DIGEST / STAR TWIN.





 Street Of The Blues (Above) with great art by Herb Tauss. In this 'Star' adaptation only her skirt has changed colour from brown to red .                                                                                                                                                '



Star next took a chance on 'Gambler's Girl' with fantastic art by Rudy Nappi. The re draw is not to bad really and the Gambling girl remains a safe bet !




Original titled 'Baby Peddler' gets a new title 'Desperate Lives' in Australia and artwork from the superb 'Al Rossi' original on the left.

CAMEO DIGEST / STAR TWINS



And as if by magic she turns from Nurse to smoking red hot redhead ! original art by Samuel Cherry .


With this Cameo / Star twin (above) the whole artwork (by George Gross) has been re-painted, quite subtle changes but the inspiration is unmistakable if not done very well !


Cameo & Star at the Crossroads with these two twins by Amos Hatter . Artist is unknown but has been redrawn with love .

FIESTA DIGEST / STAR TWIN.




Only one Fiesta Novel got re-printed in Australia 'Unwanted Wife' art by Warren King !

LES ROMANS AMERICAINS / STAR TWIN.

And finally here is the French cover twinned with Star in 'See No Evil'.




Check out this great and informative website for great scans on Star & Phantom books.
http://www.ausreprints.com/content/main/?group=17116




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