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Friday, 17 August 2012


For those not familiar with the "artful conception" posts (it's been a while since the last one); it's basically a look at old school motifs and themes that are repeated over and over in pop culture art.  This one's a particularly grisly concept, but an amazingly common one - dead dames on mystery paperbacks.

Admittedly, it makes sense that mystery novels would regularly feature a dead chick on the cover.  I mean, the stories generally revolve around a murder, and the victim is usually a female.  Hence, the ubiquity of
dead chicks on mystery covers.

Still, it's a pop culture pattern that is just strange enough to warrant the attention of Retrospace.  So, here's a dearth of dead dames from the archives.






















































You'll note the A Frame, another common artful conception
































You'll note that we touched on this subject in an earlier Artful Conception Post; however, as with a lot of old posts, it just didn't do it justice.  It was time to revisit the topic.

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