Paul Rader Checklist
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divide Raders non-Midwood paperbacks into two groups because
of their dates. The first group (1957-1963) are covers he did
for Balcourt Art Service (before Midwood hired him full time)
for Ace, Beacon, Belmont, Berkley, Chariot, Gold Medal, Hillman,
Pyramid and Tuxedo. (Some dealers have Gold Star IL7-14, A NICE
WAY TO DIE by Hank Janson, listed as Rader. I dont.)
second group (1966-1970) are adult publishers that
Rader did covers for after he became a freelance artist. Almost
all of these covers are reused or reworked Midwood covers. These
publishers include All Star, Bee-Line, Edka and Private Edition.
The first time I saw one of these covers I wasnt sure if
the new publisher had swiped it, if Midwood had sold it, if Balcourt
had resold it, or if Rader had redrawn and resold it. Edward Balcourt
and Mrs. Rader independently confirmed the same story: Rader was
the one redoing his cover art. Balcourt told me the rights to
the cover art reverted to the artist, and Mrs. Rader remembered
her husband learning he could recycle them. In 1970, at the end
of his commercial career, some unsigned but Rader-style
covers appeared on some Bee-Lines. By that date the sexual content
of the books was much more explicit than the tame Midwoods. Edith
Rader confirmed that Paul painted covers for Bee-Line. He was
63 in 1970, and some of us wonder if assignments to do covers
like HORNY HOUSEWIFE and NYMPHO LIBRARIAN might have hastened
Paul Raders decision to walk away from paperback work forever.
He lived another 16 years, and painted a lot more paintings, but
no more paperback covers.
As far as I can tell, Isaac Paul Raders first cover was
for Gold Medal in 1957. Utilizing his 35 years of experience as
a painter, portraitist, advertising and magazine illustrator,
he created a series of indelible works of art disguised as cheap
paperback covers. After he died, Raders family preferred
that he be remembered for the paintings, not the sleazy adult
paperbacks. Information on Rader gradually eroded away.
at the same time the paperback collecting hobby grew, and collectors
held dear the select group of cover artists who rose above the
pack. The signed Midwood covers identified one such artist as
Rader. Not long ago a seller from Washington, listing
a Midwood paperback for sale on eBay, referred to the artist as
the great Paul Rader. He was right.
D333 STRANGLEHOLD Creighton. 1959. Not signed. The other
side of this Ace Double is SCREAM STREET, with a cover by
Harry Barton, who did some early Midwoods.
KILL ME WITH KINDNESS Bond. With GUILTY BYSTANDER.
TILL DEATH DO US PART Trimble. With NEGATIVE OF A NUDE,
a superior cover by Maguire. At this time the same group of
artists were doing Aces and Midwoods.
DRINK WITH THE DEAD Flynn. With MISTRESS OF HORROR
A MANIA FOR BLONDES Krasney 1961. Signature is cut
off at the spine. The books spine.
Belmont 221 VICE COP Deming. 1961>
(See also LADY FROM LUST checklist.)
a researcher, I hate Beacon books because they almost never
give artist credits. But PRIVATE CHAUFFEUR (B313) has long
been recognized as a Rader. In fact, it looks like Midwood
ONE KIND OF WOMAN Ralph Dean. Attributed to
Rader by Jaye Zimet, author of STRANGE SISTERS. I
agree wholeheartedly. >
G98 PATTERN FOR PANIC Prather. 3rd pr, 1958. The 1st
pr had a photo cover, the 2nd a Maguire cover.
THREE DAY PASS TO KILL Burke & Grace.
pr with great new Rader cover. >
DEADLIER THAN THE MALE Gunn. 1959. Not signed.
PATTERN FOR PANIC 4th pr. not shown, reuses 3rd pr
CB179 KEY CLUB GIRL Adlon. 1961. The person looking
at her from the artists viewpoint is reflected in
the mirror on this brilliant cover. >
INSATIABLE DESIRE Craig. 1963. When Rader reused some
of his Midwoods for All Star in 1966, this cover showed up
on NIGHTS OF FORBIDDEN FRUIT, All Star 74. The image was reversed
and Raders signature is backwards. >
Medal 716 COME NIGHT, COME EVIL J. Craig. 1957. Raders
first paperback cover.
COME NIGHT, COME EVIL 2nd pr reuses cover from 716.
107 THE TOR MENTORS Payne. 1959 Back cover credit.
Art is reminiscent of his mens adventure magazine
R476 THE KINGS MISTRESS Plaidy. 1960.
THE TIME OF DESIRE Charbonneau. Back cover credit:
Paul Radar. >
NITAS PLACE Whittington. One of the all time
classic vintage pb covers. Pyramid almost always gave back
cover credit to their artists
113 PASSION TRIP Robinson 1962. For a short-lived
publisher Tuxedo had some tremendous cover artists
including Elaine, Minney & Frace. Rader did at least
3 for Tuxedo. >
SIN LENS Koby
WARPED PASSIONS Marmor. Art has been reduced and
Raders signature is infinitesimal. >
began recycling Midwood covers for other adult paperback
publishers in 1966. As you have seen, those covers have been shown
alongside their Midwood sources. Here is a checklist for cross-referencing.
1970, after his last Midwood cover had been published, Paul Rader
did some final covers for Bee-Line. I know of 6, there may be
more. (Like a great deal of the information on this catalog, I
learned about them from the dean of paperback book dealers, Chris
Eckhoff.) Of the 6, two are not shown here, two re-use Midwoods
and appear with the Midwoods above. The final two are shown below.
They may re-use Midwoods Ive never seen, I dont know.
By 1970 Bee-Line, like most adult publishers, was
putting out hardcore sex books. We do not know if these changes
in the publishing business had any effect at all on Mr. Rader,
but we do know that, in 1970, he retired.
NIGHTS OF FORBIDDEN FRUIT de Naste
MATERNITY WARD Como (reuses Midwood 65)
THE PRICE OF PLEASURE - James (reuses Midwood 34)
AWAKE TO LOVE - Nemec (reuses Midwood 182)
THE FIRES OF AUTUMN - Sherman
Midwood Y128, attributed to Rader)
THE NIGHTWALKERS Como (reuses Midwood F331)
CINDY, VERY PRIVATE NURSE - Remington
BETWEEN TWO WOMEN Harvey (reuses Midwood 32-436)
PRIVATE LESSONS - Spencer (reuses Midwood 248)
ALL THE GIRLS TOGETHER - Reed (reuses Midwood F376)
STRANGE SISTERS Key (reuses Midwood F380)
PRIVATE SCREENING Earle & Johnson
THE LOVE RACKET Reed (reuses Midwood 32-464)
GRAND SLAM GIRL - Seran (reuses Midwood F192)
COME PLAY WITH ME - Normann
Midwood 236 & Midwood 32-478)
BACHELOR PAD Houston (reuses Midwood 392)
FORBIDDEN WOMEN - James (reuses Midwood 55)
ONE FOR THE ROAD - Fredericks (reuses Midwood F240)
STAND-IN FOR SEX - Martin (reuses Midwood 273)
ANY WOMANS STUD - Towers (reuses Midwood 21)
NYMPHO LIBRARIAN Tucker (not shown)
STUD SERVICE - Blue (reuses Midwood 34-233)
CARNIVAL OF SEX - Fuchs
ORGY IN THE SKY - Vance
Midwood 34-108 & Midwood 34-117)
457 PARIS SEX CIRCUS - French
THE HORNY HOUSEWIFE Mack (not shown)
(Lay-Awake Book) 1967
CALL-GIRL LOVE Elnott (reuses Midwood 31)
TEEN INSATIABLES Land (reuses Midwood F365)
ANATOMY OF A SWAP Ernst (reuses Midwood 32-415)
CONNIE Gavin (reuses Midwood F315)
PE397 THE GAY AND THE GUILTY Gough
THE BITTER FLESH Roberts (reuses Midwood 32-484)
THE WOMEN SHE HAD Harris (reuses Midwood 32-411)
JOURNEY TO EROTICA Fym (reuses Midwood F250)
THE WICKED NEVER SLEEP Rogers note: copyright page says
All Star Books (reuses Midwood F271)
THE SEXECUTIVES Westermier (Edward D. Wood, Jr.)
ANGEL Overstreet (reuses Midwood F378)
SEX Fuchs (1970)
PARIS SEX CIRCUS French (1970) These 2 Bee-Lines
are not signed and are attributed to Rader because he was
doing other covers for them at this same time. There may
well be more.
Rader covers are few & far between, but K&G did at
least the first two LADY FROM LUST books in 1968. #1 is not
shown here. This is #2, LAY ME ODDS. I dont know how
many of the books they reprinted. Rare.
In 1973, Belmont reprinted THE LADY FROM LUST books. They
renumbered and retitled some, and various art was used.
3 of Raders original Tower cover images were re-worked
for SOCK IT TO ME, THE HOT MAHATMA, and TO RUSSIA WITH LUST.
reprints have made the books hard to catalog because of confusion
about which book belongs where. I have tried to end some of
the confusion with a complete LADY FROM LUST checklist, below.