BILL WENZEL CHECKLIST

PAPERBACKS

1948

Popular Library 186 - CARTOON FUN – edited by Ned L. Pines. PBO (PaperBack Original), 1948.

As William Wenzel, cover (on left) and two interior cartoons. Name on back cover and table of contents. Wenzel's first cover.

This list focuses on Wenzel the cover artist. There are many cartoon collections with Wenzel cartoons inside but other artist's work on the cover. None of those are shown here.  

1949

Candid Love Novels 20 – LOVE FOR SALE by Gladys Sloan. Digest. 1st PB, 1949.

There are seven Candid Love digests from Crestwood Publishing. Wenzel was the house cover artist on all seven of them.

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The first of 17 covers Wenzel painted in 1949.

Candid Love Novels 21 – WILD WEEKEND by Gene Harvey. Digest. 1st PB, 1949.

Candid Love Novels 22 – NOTORIOUS WOMAN by James Harlow. Digest.  1st PB, 1949.

Candid Love Novels 23 – LESSONS IN LOVE by Florence Stonebreaker. Digest.  1st PB, 1949.

Candid Love Novels 24 – HIRED HUSBAND by Wright Williams. Digest. 1st PB, 1949.

Candid Love Novels 25 – DISORDERLY CONDUCT by Charles L. Strong. Digest. 1st PB, 1949.

Candid Love Novels 26 – FOR MEN ONLY! by Beth Brown. Digest. 1st PB, 1949.

Checkerbooks 1 – TERRY AND THE PIRATES in THE JEWELS OF JADE by Edward J. Boylan, Jr. PBO, 1949.

The four faces at the top are from the “Terry and the Pirates” comic strip by Milton Caniff.

Checkerbooks 6 – DUKE HERRING by Maxwell Bodenheim. 1st PB, 1949.

Prize Love Novels 22 – OLD MAN'S DARLING by John Saxon. Digest. 1st PB, 1949.

Prize Love Novels were published by Crestwood Publishing, the same outfit publishing the Candid Love Novels that same year. The first two Prize Love Novels, #20 & 21, have covers by different artists; all the rest are by Bill Wenzel.

Prize Love Novels 23 – NIGHT CLUB ANGEL by Ralph Carter. Digest. 1st PB, 1949.

Prize Love Novels 24 –TIME FOR LOVE by Lee Jacquin. Digest. 1st PB, 1949.

Prize Love Novels 25 – PASSION'S PROPHECY by Thomas Stone. Digest. 1st PB, 1949.

Prize Love Novels 26 – SISTERS IN SIN by Eliot Brewster. Digest. 1st PB, 1949.

Prize Love Novels 27 – SKIN DEEP by Eliot Brewster. Digest. 1st PB, 1949.

Prize Love Novels 28 – LOVE RACKET by Beth Brown. Digest. 1st PB, 1949.

Quarter 39 – FRENCHY by Harmon Bellamy. Digest. 1st PB, 1949.

Quarter Books were published by Magazine Village, Inc.

UK edition:

Quarter Books UK nn – Digest. 1st UK PB, no date.

This UK digest is a little smaller than the American edition. UK Quarters were published by World Distributors Ltd.

Canadian edition:

Crow 30 – 1st Canadian PB, August 1949.

The Canadian FRENCHY looks just like the American edition. The difference is the American version is a digest, while the Canadian is standard paperback size. 

1951

Avon 357 – ALL ABOUT GIRLS – Anonymous editor, PBO 1951.

In addition to the cover, six of the 82 cartoons collected inside are Wenzels.

This book was reprinted as Avon 527 in 1953 with a different cover, not by Wenzel.

1953

THE FLIMSEY REPORT – shown in MAGAZINES section.

1954

Avon 598 – MORE ALL ABOUT GIRLS – Anonymous editor, PBO 1954.

Cover and four cartoons by Wenzel.

This book was reprinted as Avon 859 in 1959 with the same cover.

1955

Ace S-93 – MODERN CASANOVA'S HANDBOOK written and illustrated by H.T. Elmo, PBO 1955.

Cover only, all interior illustrations by Horace T. Elmo, who was also a cartoonist.

1956

Ace S-188 – THEY GOOFED! edited by Brant House, PBO 1956.

Front and back covers and nine interior cartoons by Bill Wenzel.

1958

Ace S-275 – CARTOON ANNUAL #3 edited by Brant House, PBO 1958.

In addition to the cover cartoon there are three interior cartoons by Wenzel.

1960

Belmont 218 – SEX-CLUSIVE edited by Jack Heller, PBO 1960.

The Wenzel blonde on the cover is repeated on the title page. 19 Wenzel cartoons inside

Monarch 176 – FAMOUS CARTOONS FROM ESCAPADE, anonymous editor, PBO 1960.

The sole Wenzel cartoon inside is the same cartoon on the cover.

1963

Pyramid F-861 – BY THE SHE edited by Phil Hirsch, PBO 1963.

Nine of the 125 cartoons collected are by cover artist Bill Wenzel.

Pyramid F-914 – MISTER & MISTRESS edited by Phil Hirsch, PBO 1963.

Cover and two interior cartoons by Wenzel.

1964

Belmont 90-305 – A GUIDE FOR THE BROAD-MINDED edited by Jack Heller, PBO 1964.

18 of the cartoons collected inside are by Bill Wenzel.

Paperback Library 50-300 – ABROAD ON A DESERT ISLAND edited by Rolf Erikson, PBO July 1964.

28 of the cartoons inside are by cover artist Wenzel.

Pyramid F-1044 – TWO ON THE ISLE edited by Phil Hirsch, PBO July 1964.

Includes four cartoons by Wenzel.

1968

Pyramid R-1877 - NEVER ON FREUD-DAY edited by Phil Hirsch, PBO 1968.

125 cartoons, three by Wenzel.

Bantam N3870 – COFFEE, TEA OR ME? by Trudy Baker and Rachel Jones, 1st pb, 1968. Ghostwritten by Donald Bain.

Cover and interior illustrations by Bill Wenzel. Amazingly, the original 1967 hardcover does not have a Wenzel cover. Although he did the interior illustrations for that volume, and would soon be (with author Donald Bain) one of the two men at the center of an entire cottage industry of sequels and similar stories, the publisher Bartholomew House put a forgettable cover on the first edition. That mistake would never be repeated. Donald Bain later wrote: “Bantam's paperback edition was… successful, at one point there were more than 3 million copies in print.”


1969

Dell 0478 - BETWEEN THE SHEETS edited by Lawrence Lariar, PBO March 1969.

Selections from six cartoonists with 14 by Wenzel.

Dell 0778 - BOYS DIG GIRLS by Bill Wenzel, PBO September 1969.

The first of three all-Wenzel collections for Dell. Cover calls Wenzel “the man who put the punch in COFFEE, TEA OR ME”. 126 Wenzel cartoons.

1970

Fawcett Crest M1416 – TENDER LOVING CARE by Joni Moura and Jackie Sutherland, 1st PB, 1970. For the 1969 hardcover edition, see HARDCOVERS section below. Ghosted by Donald Bain. Covers and 26 chapter heading illustrations by Wenzel.

While COFFEE, TEA OR ME? was all about two stewardesses, TENDER LOVING CARE follows the same formula about two Air Force nurses. The dedication “To Donald Bain” in each of these books lets us know who really wrote them all. This was another huge bestseller, and a new edition with the same cover was brought out in 1974.

1971

SRI Pub Co, Inc nn – WENZEL'S WENCHES by Bill Wenzel, PBO 1971. A Sex to Sexty Special. Digest size. 130 Wenzel cartoons, many of them nudies.

As the steady market of the Humorama digests began to die out, Wenzel and other leading cartoonists began appearing in a racier Texas joke and cartoon magazine called SEX TO SEXTY. Bill Ward was another star cartoonist there, and two softcover collections were published, WARD'S WOMEN and this one. Ward and Wenzel appeared together in magazines like this and in cartoon digests for years, and it seems only fitting that Wenzel is listed right after Ward in the Artist Index of Holroyd's Paperback Prices guide.

Bantam N6519 – HERE COME THE BRIDES by Bernard Glemser, 1st PB, 1971. Cover only.

Bantam Q5899 – THE COFFEE TEA OR ME GIRLS' 'ROUND-THE-WORLD DIARY by Trudy Baker and Rachel Jones, 1st PB, 1971. For the 1970 hardcover edition, see HARDCOVERS section below. Ghosted by Donald Bain.

Covers only.

Bantam Q5846 – HOW TO MAKE IT IN A MAN'S WORLD by Letty Cottin Pogrebin, 1st PB, 1971. Cover only.

Dell 2178 – DR. SEX by Bill Wenzel, PBO 1971. 126 cartoons.

Bantam N7253 – BUMP AND RUN by Marty Domres and Robert Smith, PBO 1971. Cover only.

That looks like Rachel Jones on the right. In the 70s, Wenzel's stews were omnipresent.

Fawcett Gold Medal M2489 – GIRLPOWER by Kathy Cole and Donna Bain, PBO 1971. Pseudonym of Donald Bain. Illustrated throughout by Bill Wenzel.

1972

Bantam N7413 – THE LOVE BOMB by Henry Sackerman, PBO 1972. Covers only.

Back cover of THE LOVE BOMB.

Fawcett Crest M1757 – BRANDYWINE'S WAR by Robert Vaughan and Monroe Lynch, 1st PB, 1972. Cover only.

Fawcett Gold Medal M2645 – HOW TO MAKE A GOOD AIRLINE STEWARDESS by Bill Wenzel and Cornelius Wohl, PBO 1972.

Donald Bain's online bibliography lists “Bill Wenzel and Cornelius Wohl” as a “pseudonym of Donald Bain”, which makes it sound like Wenzel was a figment of Bain's imagination. I think it might be more accurate to say “By Bill Wenzel (for his cover art and 74 full-page interior illustrations) and Cornelius Wohl, a pseudonym of Donald Bain.”  (And on the second Wenzel & Wohl title, FLY ME, Wenzel contributed about 65% of the book.)

1973

Bantam N7598 – ALL RIGHT, EVERYBODY OFF THE PLANET! By Bob Ottum, 1st PB 1973. Cover only.

Bantam T7400 – THE COFFEE TEA OR ME GIRLS LAY IT ON THE LINE by Trudy Baker and Rachel Jones, 1st PB 1973.  For the 1972 hardcover edition, see HARDCOVERS section below. Ghosted by Donald Bain. Cover only, reuses hardcover art.

Fawcett Gold Medal P3267 – IF IT MOVES, KISS IT! by Joni Moura and Joni Sutherland, PBO 1973.

Cover credit: With illustrations by Bill Wenzel.

The sequel to TENDER LOVING CARE. Written by Donald Bain.

1974

Ace 76000 – SEXY CROSSWORDS #1, PBO 1974.

Covers only.

Thanks to Bruce Brenner.

Fawcett Gold Medal M2954 – FLY ME by Bill Wenzel and Cornelius Wohl, PBO 1974.

173 pages. Wenzel contributed both covers and 114 full-page cartoons. The other 59 pages are a collection of stewardess jokes by Cornelius Wohl, pen name of Donald Bain.

Fawcett Gold Medal P3073 – WE GAVE AT THE OFFICE by Laura Mills and Pauline Burlick, PBO 1974.

Cover credit: Illustrated by Bill Wenzel.

Written by – and co-dedicated to – Donald Bain.

Dell 1396 – BACKFIELD IN MOTION by Bill Wenzel, PBO 1974. Covers and 125 cartoons.

1975

Leisure Book LB 264ZK – THE SEX JOKE BOOK edited by Max Brodnick, PBO, 1975.

Cover credit: Illustrations by Bill Wenzel.

Fawcett Gold Medal P3199 – TEACHERS PET by Janet Macmillan and Mitzi Sims, PBO 1975. Pseudonym of Donald Bain.

Title page credit: Illustrated by Bill Wenzel. Dedicated to Donald Bain.

Bantam X8533 – THE COFFEE TEA OR ME GIRLS GET AWAY FROM IT ALL by Trudy Baker and Rachel Jones, 1st PB, 1975. For the 1974 hardcover edition, see HARDCOVERS section below. Ghosted by – and dedicated to - Donald Bain.

Covers only. 

Pinnacle 220722 – THE OFFICIAL BLACK FOLKS / WHITE FOLKS JOKE BOOK by Larry Wilde, PBO 1975.

Both covers and interior illustrations by Wenzel.

Larry Wilde did a dozen of these double-sided joke books for Pinnacle. Mercifully, only two of them have Wenzel covers. With such titles as THE OFFICIAL VIRGINS / SEX MANIACS JOKE BOOK, they seem insensitive and offensive 38 years later, but they were big sellers in their day. I have a fourth printing of this book, Pinnacle 40-413, from 1978, that says “Over 3,500,000 Copies Sold!” on the cover.  

Back cover of Pinnacle 220722,


Pinnacle 240698 – THE LOVE BOATS by Jeraldine Saunders, 1st PB 1975. TV tie-in. 

Pinnacle 230770 – CONFESSIONS OF A WANTON WAITRESS by Graham Masterson, PBO November 1975.

Cover only. Credit on copyright page.

If you are a fan of horror writer Graham Masterson or cartoonist Bill Wenzel, this now-almost-impossible-to-find set of two books is a “must have”. 


1976

Pinnacle 230849 – CONFESSIONS OF A RACY RECEPTIONIST by Graham Masterson, PBO May 1976.

Cover only. Credit on copyright page.

The sequel to CONFESSIONS OF A WANTON WAITRESS.

Pinnacle 230808 – SEX FOR THE FUN OF IT by Matt Raymond, PBO 1976.

Wraparound cover only. Credit on copyright page.

Dell 9418 – WALL STREET AND BROAD by Teri Palmer, PBO 1976.

Cover only, a Wenzel Girl over a photo of the intersection of Wall St. and Broad. Written by – and dedicated to – Donald Bain, this is in the COFFEE TEA OR ME genre but with only one pen name.  Bain did at least thirteen of these and Wenzel was the cover artist on a dozen of them (all except THE CASTING COUCH AND ME which has a photo cover).

1977

Pinnacle 220772 – MORE THE OFFICIAL POLISH / ITALIAN JOKE BOOK by Larry Wilde, PBO 1977.

1978

Leisure Book LB 560DK – SEXCAPADES by Bill Wenzel, PBO 1978.

Back cover of Leisure LB 560DK.

Belmont Tower BT 51232 – DO I HAVE A GIRL FOR YOU! by Bill Wenzel, PBO 1978. Bill's rarely-seen last book.

Back cover of Belmont Tower BT 51232.

2003

Penguin 0-14-200331-4 – COFFEE, TEA OR ME? By Trudy Baker and Rachel Jones with Donald Bain, 1st thus, 2003. With a new introduction by Donald Bain.

Cover and interiors. Title page credit. Back cover says “Cover illustration by Bill Wenzel (from the original edition)”, which is technically true, except this was an interior illustration there, not the cover illustration.

Donald Bain's intro gives an overview of the history of the COFFEE, TEA OR ME phenomenon. Bain wrote or ghosted over 80 books, including nine J.D. Hardin Westerns for Playboy Press and the MURDER SHE WROTE mystery series. He finally receives a proper cover credit on this new edition.

2005

Fantagraphics 156097658-6 – THE PIN-UP ART OF BILL WENZEL edited by Alex Chun, color & design by Jacob Covey, PBO 2005. 200 pages of Wenzel cartoons. Glorious.

HARDCOVERS

TENDER LOVING CARE by Joni Moura and Jackie Sutherland – Bartholomew House, 1969. Front cover credit. Cover and interior illustrations. Ghosted by Donald Bain. Different Wenzel art on the paperback cover.

After the enormous success of the 1968 paperback COFFEE, TEA OR ME? with cover art by Wenzel, the publishers and the author made sure all such subsequent books included a Wenzel cover.

THE COFFEE TEA OR ME GIRLS' 'ROUND-THE-WORLD DIARY by Trudy Baker and Rachel Jones – Grosset & Dunlap, 1970. Cover only. Ghosted by Donald Bain. Wenzel did the paperback edition also, but it has a different cover.


THE COFFEE TEA OR ME GIRLS LAY IT ON THE LINE by Trudy Baker and Rachel Jones – Grosset & Dunlap, 1972. Cover only. Ghosted by Donald Bain.

Not a great scan, but image matches the paperback cover. 

GANGWAY! By Donald E. Westlake and Brian Garfield – Evans, 1973. Cover only.

Credit on jacket flap.

I said it 20 years ago and I'll say here again in 2013: if ever there was an American hardcover-only novel that deserved a Wenzel - covered paperback edition, this was it. 


THE COFFEE TEA OR ME GIRLS GET AWAY FROM IT ALL by Trudy Baker and Rachel Jones – Grosset & Dunlap, 1974. Cover only. Ghosted by Donald Bain. Art matches the Bantam paperback.

CITIZEN'S BLOOPERS by Kermit Schafer – Avenal, 1978. Front cover credit.

Cover and 80 full-page illustrations.

If you are a Wenzel collector, this book needs to be on your “must have” list.  

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