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Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories to Be Read with the Lights On (Random House, 1973)

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on May 8th, 2013. Artwork published in .
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories to Be Read with the Lights On (Random House, 1973) 1
Source: Montague Projects. License: All Rights Reserved.

Marvin in alternating line colors on the book jacket for a hardcover book club edition by Random House, New York, 1973.

Stories by Mary Barrett, Fredric Brown, Robert Colby, Zena Collier, Ron Goulart, Roald Dahl, Harold R. Daniels, Miriam Allen deFord, Joe Gores, James Cross, Robert J, Higgins, Edward D. Hoch, John Keefauver, Warner Law, Dana Lyon, Dee Stuart, William P. McGivern, Robert L. McGrath, Barry Malzberg, Rose Million Healey, Harold Q. Masur, Berkely Mather, Ardath F. Mayhar, William F. Nolan, David Montross, Al Nussbaum, Bill Pronzini, Joan Richter, Jack Ritchie, Harold Rolseth, William Sambrot, Nancy C. Swoboda, Paul Thoridion, Jeffrey M. Wallmann, Betty Ren Wright, Waldo Carlton Wright, Mitzu Yamamoto.

From the Flickr photostream of Montague Projects.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories to Be Read with the Lights On (Random House, 1973) 2
Source: Gyre & Gimble. License: All Rights Reserved.


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7 Comments on “Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories to Be Read with the Lights On (Random House, 1973)”

  1. Dan Sayers says:
    May 8th, 2013 1:59 pm

    I’m curious to know what the main font here is. However, searching for “marvin” (as currently named here) doesn’t reveal anything similar, and What the Font doesn’t know either. Any better guesses? Thanks.

  2. Dan, as it says on the typeface page when you click the sample, Marvin is a typeface from the phototype era during which this book was published. There is no proper digital version yet.

    There aren’t any digital fonts that are quite like it, but you might dig Harry or ITC Busorama.

  3. There is a free version called Marbold, by Thomas Harvey

  4. Yes, I mentioned Marbold on the typeface page and used it for the sample, but with its bumpy curves, abrupt transitions and a limited character set (with scaled-down caps as lowercase), it is hardly an adequate digitization.

  5. Dave Boyd says:
    Jul 27th, 2017 2:07 am

    I know this is reviving this post from the dead, but I found the digital version of the original Marvin.

    It looks like the family has been renamed “Lodestone,” but it’s certainly the one.

  6. Thank you, Dave! Yes, Lodestone is a digital revival of Marvin and was released only a month ago. I’ve updated the typeface bio.

  7. Shortly after Red Rooster’s Lodestone, Mathieu Triay released another digital interpretation of Marvin, named Marvin Visions. Initially only covering the original bold weight (but with wide language support including Cyrillics), Mathieu later expanded the design to a family with two variable axes (size and weight). He also got in touch with Michael Chave, the original designer of Marvin, and documented some of its history.

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