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The Black Eyed Blonde. A Philip Marlowe Novel by Benjamin Black

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Sep 28th, 2013. Artwork published in .
    Source: Jonathan Pelham. License: All Rights Reserved.

    What looks like a custom dry brush lettering job at first glance has actually started out with type: For his cover of The Black Eyed Blonde, Jonathan Pelham, in-house designer for Pan Macmillan UK, utilized Monster Mash, a caps/small caps font by Comicraft.


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    4 Comments on “The Black Eyed Blonde. A Philip Marlowe Novel by Benjamin Black”

    1. Sep 29th, 2013  2:28 am

      Hmmm…the design idea is good but not the type: the very obvious computer distortion in the subtitle, “A Philip Marlowe Novel,” would never have been done by a hand-lettering artist with a brush. 

    2. Sep 29th, 2013  9:10 pm

      You have a point there, Chris. Likewise, the repeating identical stroke endings are questionable, once you notice them. I turned a blind eye to those details here, because I find the composition with the smoky letters framed by the two red spots so striking.

    3. Oct 8th, 2013  1:37 pm

      Dear Chris & Florian. Thank you for your criticisms. I’m heeding your advice and reworking the distorted letterforms and terminals for a more convincing and harmonious composition.

      All thanks,


    4. Oct 9th, 2013  9:16 am

      Wow, that’s cool!

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