Title Johnny Guitar
Book Condition Very Good+
Edition 1st printing
Publisher New York Pocket Books (1017) 1954
Illustrator Illustrated by (cover art) Gail Phillips
Seller ID 10522
[nice tight copy, minor edgewear, very light bumping (and minor surface paper-peel) at top of spine, covers bright and attractive]. Mass Market PB "A novel of gamblers, outlaws and lynching in the American West," and renowned as the source of the famously overheated Nicholas Ray film -- which has all those elements but oh so much more, with Joan Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge squaring off, ostensibly over the affections of the laconic title character (played by Sterling Hayden), but really just because they hate each other's guts. Definitely a movie tie-in edition -- it even includes the statement "Movie produced by Republic Pictures, November 1953" as part of the publishing history on the copyright page! -- although the tie-in is confined to the ffep, where a line drawing of Crawford accompanies her testimonial about the book ("For me there was a special excitement in the role of this fascinating woman...."). Externally, the book is like a miniaturized version of the hardcover edition, using the same cover art -- although upon close comparison, it's obvious that the figure of the woman has been re-drawn in order to make her face stand out a little more (no attempt was made to make her resemble Joan, though). Rather hard-to-find these days, reflecting the enduring fascination of the truly weird and wonderful film adaptation.
Western Films Joan Crawford Movie Tie-in Nicholas Ray Movie Source Lynching