Friday, February 1, 2013

Ray Hogan: The Guns of Stingaree

The Guns of Stingaree is a rare Western illustrated by Allan Kass. This book was published in April 1973 by Signet and written by Ray Hogan. Mallory owned Stingaree and most of the Gila Valley, except for Arrowhead Ranch, which he coveted. He hires Starbuck to lead his band of raiders and he refuses but still gets caught up in the violence.

Allan Kass creates a dramatic cover of our hero about to leap into the saddle and rush away from a fire in the background. It's amazing to see the motion of the horse and man. I like the use of color; it creates a stark scene where our hero is prominently displayed.

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