Santa Cruz: Flesk Publications, 2006. Limited Edition. cloth. Hardcover in slipcase: [1, SIGNED Limitation page], 160pp; richly illustrated with Bama book cover illustrations; Introduction by Harlan Ellison and Forewrod by Len Leone; photo collage illustrated endpapers; black cloth covered boards lettered in gilt; Illustrated dustwrapper; black cloth covered slipcase also lettered in gilt.
Limitation page signed by James Bama, Brian Kane and Paul Jilbert and numbered 154 of 1000. Fine. Item #1458
James Bama was an illustrator at New York's Charles E. Cooper Studios for 15 years. His first paperback cover was Nelson Nye's A Bullet for Billy the Kid (1950). He had a 22-year career as a successful commercial artist, producing paperback book covers, movie posters and illustrations for such publications as Argosy, The Saturday Evening Post and Reader's Digest, and his numerous clients included the New York Giants football team, the Baseball and Football Halls of Fame and the U.S. Air Force. Beginning with The Man of Bronze (1964), he did a powerful set of 62 covers for the Doc Savage Bantam Books paperbacks, often using as a model actor Steve Holland, star of TV's Flash Gordon (1954–55). He also painted the box cover art for Aurora's monster model kits, including King Kong, Frankenstein, Dracula and The Mummy.