What is the story behind this printing of SOM?

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What is the story behind this printing of SOM?

Postby erdnasephile » October 14th, 2017, 6:32 pm

In my search for Stars of Magic versions, I came across this hardback version: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Stars-Of-Magic- ... 7675.l2557

It has a red printed panel with an Ed Mishell drawing, apparently glued on top of the familiar blue cloth cover.

Does anyone know the story behind this version? (All of the hardbacked versions I've seen from Tannens have the gold logo on the front). Was this the first hard-backed printed version of SOM?

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Re: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?

Postby Q. Kumber » October 14th, 2017, 6:38 pm

That's the version I have. I believe it was the first edition of the hardback, or perhaps a collector's edition - if they had them in 1961.

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Re: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?

Postby Dustin Stinett » October 14th, 2017, 6:51 pm

Not a deluxe, but the first Tannens reprint.


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Re: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?

Postby Richard Kaufman » October 14th, 2017, 8:00 pm

More correctly: the first printing by Tannen where all the contents were gathered in book form.
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Re: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?

Postby erdnasephile » October 14th, 2017, 10:39 pm

Got it---thanks!

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Re: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?

Postby erdnasephile » October 14th, 2017, 11:19 pm

One more question: I had heard some lore that the red panel was pasted on the covers of the books because there was a misprint on the original covers....is this true or just malarkey?

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Re: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?

Postby Bill Mullins » October 15th, 2017, 6:11 pm

No, it was because the original cover had a photo of the magicians in which they were wearing white blood-stained butcher coats, and were sitting at a table with doll parts and raw meat scattered about.

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Re: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?

Postby erdnasephile » October 15th, 2017, 6:57 pm

Hah!

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Postby Richard Kaufman » October 15th, 2017, 7:48 pm

Using a "cover card" (as it's called) is not unusual in publishing. Tannen's, for example, also used a cover card for Cliff Green's Professional Card Magic in 1961 (which I believe may have been the same year as their first bound printed edition of Stars of Magic).
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Re: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?

Postby erdnasephile » October 16th, 2017, 1:12 am

Very good--I'm glad this myth is put to rest. Appreciate the information!

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Re: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?

Postby I.M. Magician » October 16th, 2017, 3:51 pm

erdnasephile wrote:Very good--I'm glad this myth is put to rest. Appreciate the information!


Please don't put it to rest yet. I was told many years ago that the cover card was the result of an error which needed to be covered up. One book having one doesn't mean that another title had one for the same reason.

If someone is willing to carefully remove the paste over from their copy of Stars of Magic, we will then know for certain and be able to put the topic to rest.

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Re: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?

Postby AJM » October 16th, 2017, 3:55 pm

Why does it matter?
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Re: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?

Postby I.M. Magician » October 16th, 2017, 3:58 pm

AJM wrote:Why does it matter?


It doesn't matter really. Just another bit of trivial pondering I suppose...

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Re: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?

Postby Q. Kumber » October 16th, 2017, 5:09 pm

I.M. Magician wrote:
AJM wrote:Why does it matter?


It doesn't matter really. Just another bit of trivial pondering I suppose...


No more trivial than the Erdnase thread.

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Re: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?

Postby I.M. Magician » October 16th, 2017, 5:49 pm

Q. Kumber wrote:
I.M. Magician wrote:
AJM wrote:Why does it matter?


It doesn't matter really. Just another bit of trivial pondering I suppose...


No more trivial than the Erdnase thread.


True but we can solve the Stars of Magic mystery but I doubt that we will ever solve the Erdnase one.

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Re: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?

Postby Brad Jeffers » October 16th, 2017, 5:50 pm

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Re: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?

Postby erdnasephile » October 16th, 2017, 5:55 pm

What's under that label, Brad? ;)

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Re: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?

Postby I.M. Magician » October 16th, 2017, 6:09 pm

erdnasephile wrote:What's under that label, Brad? ;)


Maybe his real name! :lol:

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Re: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?

Postby Leonard Hevia » October 16th, 2017, 10:29 pm

AJM wrote:Why does it matter?


Because the truth does matter. Erdnasephile wants to know if that pasted cover hides a glaring mistake by the publisher. Many wish to know the real identity of Erdnase. It's all part of the search for the truth.

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Re: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?

Postby Brad Jeffers » October 16th, 2017, 11:02 pm

If someone wants to solve this mystery and get to the truth, here's a cover card copy for only $37.


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