Friday, December 6, 2013
This is my favorite western cover by Allan Kass. The colors are simply gorgeous as we see the hero descending the mountain on his white horse. I like how Allan uses the whole cover as a frame for the cowboy with the distant mountains and the nearby creek. I just wish my copy was in better shape. Click to enlarge.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Allan Kass shows our hero as determined as he stands on a cliff edge with his guns. Note his signature under the hero's foot. Though not as detailed as his regency covers, note the tree behind him and the greenery as well as the rock formations. Allan really enjoyed creating these covers of a land that he loved.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Allan Kass illustrated both photos. He told me in a letter that he was surprised not to have more western covers since he lived in Montana! Powdersmoke Feud shows the hero alone against the elements. It's a calm, quiet cover while Clattering Hoofs shows a group of cowboys riding to possibly find our hero. We can almost see the horses moving and stirring up dust. Kass did a few westerns, so it's a treat to find them. If you know of others, please leave a comment.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Allan Kass creates a elegant lady and dashing military hero for the cover of this book. She has a pensive look as she arranges the flowers and he seems to be reassuring her. Note the line of miniatures paintings behind them which are probably family members.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Allan Kass gives us a heroine who we know at first glance doesn't fit into regency society by her Indian looking looks, dark straight hair, and turquoise jewelry. The hero is as opposite her as can be and Kass gives us that difference subtly while showing them standing in a library of a great house.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Allan Kass illustrates a romantic cover of our couple. She looks as if she's about to move away from him and not quite sure of his motives. The hero is silently strong as he detains the heroine. There is a definite air of mystery in this portrait.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Allan Kass's cover is elegant. We see a handsome gentleman escorting two beautiful ladies on a walk. Our ladies wear summery day dresses and seem to be enjoying his company. We wonder which of the ladies is his favorite!