Paperback Cover Art by James Bama

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Lynn Munroe Books specializes in vintage paperbacks, hardboiled mystery and back issue magazines.

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List 71 2018

As always, all the books shown are copies I gathered for this list and are all for sale. If you see something you want just send me an email and I will let you know condition, price and availability

Click here To see our Winter 2018 catalog – for James Bama

Click here To see our 2017 George Ziel Update.

Click here To see our 2017 Morgan Kane catalog.

Click here To see our Summer 2016 Christa Faust and Donald E. Westlake Catalog.

Click here To see our Autumn 2015 Peter McCurtin catalog.

Click here To see our Fall 2014 list on Early Mad Magazine Artists.

Click here To see our Spring 2014 catalog for Tom Miller

Click here To see our Autumn 2013 catalog for Bill Wenzel

Click here To see our Autumn 2013 catalog for Lawrence Block

Click here To see our Spring 2013 catalog The Notebooks of Paul Rader

Click here To see our 2012 Ben Haas Catalog

Click here To see our 2011 George Ziel Catalog

Click here To see our 2010 Charles Copeland Catalog

Click here To See Our 2009 Harry Whittington: The Missing 38 catalog.

Click here to See Our 2008 James M. Cain Corgi / Charles Williams in UK PB / Herbert Kastle Catalog

Click here To see our 2007 Elaine & Pyramid Illustrated History of the Movies catalog

Click here To see our Reed Nightstand catalog 2011 update.

Click here To see our 2003 Paul Rader catalog.


There is no need to tell you about James Bama. He has been well covered elsewhere, and there are several books about him (listed in our Bibliography section here) and articles that tell his life story. As of this writing he is living in Wyoming, age 90. This checklist covers just one aspect of his amazing career – the paperback covers. I will leave the hundreds of magazine illustrations to a future researcher. You can always tell an artist is breaking new ground by the number of copycats who are soon making paintings that look just the same. We will show a few of the “imitation Bamas” here as well. Nobody seems to know exactly how many covers Bama has done. If he has listed them somewhere I have not seen the list yet (most of his current internet presence deals with his Western art and paintings). This is my attempt to create such a list for the 21st Century, and to show a representation - not of all his covers, but of many of the very best of them.

“To find what’s never been painted. To feel instead of being told what to feel. To see instead of imitating what others have seen.”

-      David Morrell

Thank you to Tom Lesser, Robert Speray, Rachel Parker-Stephen, Jim Caron, Michael Munroe, Melinda Ornburg, Rodney Schroeter, Grant Thiessen, Dr. Brian M. Kane, Chris Eckhoff, Bruce Brenner, Attila Gyenis, Bruce Black, Steve Wallace, Ken Huebschman, Rahn Kollander, James Nobel and Art Scott. Perhaps you have noticed that on every catalog for the past twenty years my thank you section always includes Tom Lesser and Robert Speray and Rachel Parker-Stephen.  Tom Lesser is my consigliere, the foremost collector of and authority on vintage paperbacks in the world, and I am but one of the countless paperback collectors he has nurtured and educated. Tom has been the driving force behind the Los Angeles Paperback Fair since its inception. Many others have come and gone, but Tom is still one of the hosts putting on this great show. I encourage you to attend the next one on March 18, 2018, at the Glendale Civic Auditorium. Tom has been my #1 booster, advisor, lawyer and support system since I met him, and I can honestly tell you this: without Tom Lesser there would have been no Lynn Munroe Books.

Robert Speray is my Webmaster, friend and guru. His collection is amazing and his knowledge of vintage books is awesome. Knowing I could always call on Bob has been a tremendous assurance for many years. Time and again he has solved any technical problems that come up. And we have shared some unforgettable experiences.

The other person I would have never made it to 2018 without is my wife Rachel. Her love of books was the second thing that intrigued me about her when we met. (The first thing was, of course, her breathtaking beauty.) Rachel’s advice and support have been invaluable, and her editing skills and computer know-how (especially image enhancement) have improved my lists more times than I can count. Rachel arrived in my life as an answer to prayers, so now, when I say my prayers each evening, I always thank God twice for Rachel.


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