SM Kriminalroman Book Cover Art

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When we were in Germany the last time, we visited this amazing fleamarket in Cologne (I think it was Cologne… it could have been somewhere else…); anyway, it was amazing – bit more expensive but had a fantastic array of mid century design, 60s objects and just generally some impressive looking stuff for us to rummage through. Some of the things I bought were this selection of books for 50 cents each:

SM Kriminalroman - 'Der Tod Geht Um'
SM Kriminalroman - 'Der Tod Geht Um'

Translated as ‘Escape the Night’.

SM Kriminalroman - 'Der Tiger'
SM Kriminalroman - 'Der Tiger'

No prizes for translating that one. Even if you’ve never learned any German, ‘Der Tiger’ is a fairly obvious one!

SM Kriminalroman - 'Der eiserne Bar'
SM Kriminalroman - 'Der eiserne Bar'

The original title for this one is ‘The French Key Mystery’. How on earth that relates to a bear holding a bloodied knife is anyone’s guess. The German translates to ‘The Iron Bear’. Or bar. It could be bar. I put it into Google translate without the umlaut… I’m not sure how much difference it makes!

Sm Kriminalroman - 'Der Tod Auf Dem Bankett'
Sm Kriminalroman - 'Der Tod Auf Dem Bankett'

That one has the original title of ‘Death before Dinner’; I can see the link much more clearly between the picture and the title here!

What I like about these is the stark boldness of the graphics. The stories come from the 1930s, but these editions were published in the 1950s. One day, I may improve my German so much that I can even read them, rather than just enjoying their slightly morbid front covers.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. afterglowretro says:

    great pieces of graphic design, remind me of Dr Strangelove, love to see more like that on airport book stands!

  2. fearsandkahn says:

    Love the bear image, & all the graphics are so simple but so effective. I also think the black, white & red combination of colours works brilliantly :o))

    1. littleowlski says:

      I love them, I think they’d make really good posters.

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