The Best Of The Worst
They Knew And Eagerly Accepted His — Potion Of Sin
To this day, on this site, there are SIXTY book covers (plus two ads) with a central cigarette lighting scene.
Most of the times a man lights a woman’s cigarette (call it innuendo ?) but twice it is a woman that lights a man’s (with a banknote, e.g. “Money to burn” ).
In one case, a man gives a light to another man’s (The Shadow “Death Ship).
In one another humoristic case, it is a parrot (“Backstage with a blonde”).
Otherwise, the character (tough guy or detective) lights his own cigarette, creating a good dramatic light effect, depending on the artist’s talent.
Only in six cases, a woman lights her own cigarette –also in one ad, (suggesting independence from men ?, see Astounding, “Hermit of Mars”).
I dig useless data analysis like this !
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