Saturday, 13 October 2012

Imitation is the ...

William Bogart's Hell on Friday was first published in 1941 (New York: Jonathan Swift). Then Winnipeg's Harlequin Books published its edition in 1950 with a new title Murder Man. But you wouldn't have known that if you were living in Australia in 1955.

The Original Novels Foundation proudly announces on the cover "An original PHANTOM Mystery | not a reprint". The copyright page states "THIS IS AN ORIGINAL STORY, | ESPECIALLY WRITTEN FOR | PHANTOM BOOKS". They even stole the artwork - for shame.

Harlequin 57 - June 1950

Harlequin 57 back

Phantom 640 - 1955

Phantom 640 back

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