D-SERIES ACE Double Western Series

D-02 WILLIAM COLT MacDONALD Bad Man's Return (1952; listed as "complete and unabridged") and D-02b J. EDWARD LEITHEAD Bloody Hoofs (1952; listed as an "ACE original")

Cover art for both novels by Norman Saunders.

NORMAN SAUNDERS (1906 - 1988) was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and first studied art through a mail-order course. After working for Minnesota-based Fawcett Publications from 1928 to 1934, he moved to New York where he became a free-lance pulp artist. He continued his art training there, studying with Harvey Dunn at the Grand Central School of Art. After serving in the military in World War II, he returned to pulp and paperback illustration. In addition to his many pulp and paperback covers, Norman Saunders is also know for his infamous Mars Attacks and Wacky Packs trading cards, done for Topps. He was renowned for his ability to meet a publisher's deadline, and in the heyday of pulps and paperbacks, 1935-1953, he would often produce an astounding 100 paintings per year.

D-04 LEWIS B. PATTEN Massacre at White River (1952; listed as an "ACE original") and D-04b WALTER A. TOMPKINS Rimrock Rider (c. 1950; 1952; listed as "complete and unabridged")

Cover art for both novels by Norman Saunders.

The listing "complete and unabridged" is a result of action by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the post-WWII publishing industry. To counter the wide-spread belief by the book-buying public that paperback books were always shortened version of the original hardcover texts, publishers were required by the FTC to prominently indicate on the front cover if there was an original title (often shown in parentheses) and to state that the book was either an "abridgement" or identical to the original text (listed as "complete and unabridged"). Source: Thomas L. Bonn Undercover: The Illustrated History of the American Mass Market Paperback (1982; Penguin Books; pp. 56-57).

D-06 WILLIAM E. VANCE The Branded Lawman (cover by Norman Saunders; 1952; listed as an "ACE original") and D-06b NELSON C. NYE Plunder Valley (c. 1949; 1952; listed as "specially revised edition")

Plunder Valley is a specially revised version of the 1949 "Gunman, Gunman."

D-08 ALLAN K. ECHOLS Terror Rides the Range (1953; listed as an "ACE original") and D-08b TOM WEST Gunsmoke Gold (1953; listed as "complete and unabridged")

Cover art for both novels by Norman Saunders.

D-10 LESLIE SCOTT The Brazos Firebrand (1953; listed as an "ACE original") and D-10b GORDON YOUNG Hell on Hoofs (original title: Quarter Horse; 1953; listed as "complete and unabridged")

Cover art for both novels by Norman Saunders.

D-12 DEAN OWEN (aka DUDLEY DEAN McGAUGHTY) The Man From Boot Hill (1953; listed as an "ACE original") and D-12b DAN J. STEVENS Wild Horse Range (cover by Norman Saunders; 1953; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-14 PAUL EVAN LEHMAN Vultures on Horseback (original title: Doves of War; cover by Ralph Smith; 1953; listed as "complete and unabridged") and D-14b GEORGE KILRAIN Maverick With A Star (1953; listed as an "ACE original")

D-18 J. EDWARD LEITHEAD The Lead-Slingers (cover by Norman Saunders; 1953; listed as an "ACE original") and D-18b BRAD WARD (aka SAMUEL PEEPLES) The Hanging Hills (1953; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-20 ROY MANNING The Desparado Code (original title: Six-Gun Sheriff; 1953; listed as "complete and unabridged") and ALLAN K. ECHOLS Double-Cross Brand (cover by Norman Saunders; 1953; listed as an "ACE original")

D-22 BLISS LOMAX Maverick of the Plains (cover by Ralph Smith; 1953; listed as "complete and unabridged") and LESLIE SCOTT Badlands Masquerader (1953; listed as an "ACE original")

D-24 TOM WEST Vulture Valley (c. 1951; listed as "complete and unabridged") and JOHN CALLAHAN The Sidewinders (1953; listed as an "ACE original")

D-28 PAUL EVANS Gunsmoke Kingdom (original title: This Range is Mine; cover by Norman Saunders; 1953; listed as "complete and unabridged") and D-28b WILLIAM E. VANCE Avenger From Nowhere (1953; listed as an "ACE original")

Original cover illustration by Norman Saunders for Gunsmoke Kingdom. (image size: 13 1/2" x 16 1/2")

D-30 GEORGE KILRAIN South To Santa Fe (cover by Norman Saunders; 1953; listed as an "ACE original") and D-30b BRAD WARD (aka SAMUEL PEEPLES) Johnny Sundance (1953; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-34 KEN MURRAY Hellion's Hole (cover by Ralph Smith; 1953; listed as an "original Marshall Dawson novel") and D-34b KEN MURRAY Feud in Piney Flats (1953; listed as an "ACE original")

Cover art for both novels by Norman Saunders.

D-38 BLISS LOMAX Outlaw River (1953; listed as "complete and unabridged") and D-38b JIM MAYO (aka Louis l'Amour) Showdown at Yellow Butte (1953; listed as an "ACE original")

Cover art for both novels by Norman Saunders.

D-39 FRANK GRUBER Quantrell's Raiders (1953; listed as an "ACE original") and D-39b FRANK GRUBER Rebel Road (original title: Outlaw; 1953; listed as "complete and unabridged")

Cover art for both novels by Norman Saunders.

D-42 WALTER A. TOMPKINS One Against the Bullet Horde (cover by Norman Saunders; 1954; listed as an "ACE original") and D-42b CHARLES M. MARTIN Law for Tombstone (cover by Allen Anderson; 1954; listed as "abridged edition")

This original cover illustration (20 x 30 inches) was also used for the cover illustration of Western Aces (August issue, year unknown). Original image courtesy of Donald M. Grant Publisher, Inc.

D-46 CHUCK MARTIN Law From Back Beyond (cover by Norman Saunders; 1954; listed as an "ACE original") and D-46b ROY MANNING Vengeance Valley (cover by John Leone; 1954; listed as "complete and unabridged")

Please note that I have run across a suggestion that the cover art for D-46 (Chuck Martin story) was Allen Anderson. The Graham Holryod Paperback Prices and Checklist (2003) indicates Norman Saunders as the artist. Does any AIL user have a copy with a notation for Saunders? Let me know.

D-48 JIM MAYO (aka LOUIS L'AMOUR) Utah Blaine (1954; listed as an "ACE original") and D-48b BRAD WARD Desert Showdown (original title: The Spell of the Desert; 1954; cover by Norman Saunders;1954; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-052 WILLIAM COLT MacDONALD Boomtown Bucaneers (1954; listed as "abridged edition") and D-52b LOUIS L'AMOUR Crossfire Trail (1954; listed as an "ACE original")

D-56 BLISS LOMAX Ambush at Coffin Canyon (original title: The Leather Burners;1954; listed as "revised edition") and D-56b CLEMENT HARDIN (aka DWIGHT BENNETT NEWTON) Hellbent For a Hangrope (1954; listed as an "ACE original")

DWIGHT BENNETT NEWTON (b. 1916) was a highly prolific writer of the western genre. He wrote under a number of pseudonyms. In addition, he was story content and staff writer for the television series "Wagon Train," "Death Valley Days," and "Tales of Wells Fargo." He was a founding member of the Western Writers of America.

D-64 PAUL EVAN LEHMAN Bullets Don't Bluff (1954; listed as an "ACE original") and D-64b CHANDLER WHIPPLE Under the Mesa Rim (1954; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-68 WALKER A. TOMPKINS Deadwood (cover by Bentley; 1954; listed as an "ACE original") and D-68b WILLIAM HOPSON Bullet-Brand Empire (original title: Cow Thief Empire; 1954; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-72 RALPH R. PERRY Night Rider Deputy (cover by Bentley; 1954) and D-72b NORMAN A. FOX The Devil's Saddle (c. 1948; 1954; listed as "complete and unabridged")

This original cover illustration was also used for the cover of the February 1940 issue of Western Aces. Back of illustration. Original image courtesy of Donald M. Grant Publisher, Inc.

D-78 NELSON NYE The One-Shot Kid (original title: Once in The Saddle; c. 1946; 1954; listed as "complete and unabridged") and D-78b TOM WEST Lobo Legacy (1954; listed as a "complete new novel")

Note: There is a change in the edition listing with D-78. Instead of "ACE original" many of the following volumes have the notation of "complete new novel" or "complete novel." The question is whether this means "first book publication" which is used in the later Letter-Number series.

D-86 RICHARD BRISTER The Shoot-Out at Sentinel Peak (1954; listed as "complete and unabridged") and D-86b ROY MANNING Tangled Trail (c. 1947, 1954; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-92 BURT ARTHUR The Drifter (1955; listed as "complete and unabridged") and D-92b RICHARD WORMSER & DAN GORDON The Longhorn Trail (1955; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-98 NELSON NYE The Texas Tornado (original title: Rustler's Roost; cover by Norman Saunders; c. 1943; 1955; listed as "complete and unabridged") and SAMUEL ANTHONY PEEPLES The Lobo Horseman (cover by Walter Popp;1955; listed as "complete and unabridged")


D-106 D. L. BONAR Lawman Without a Badge (1955; listed as "complete and unabridged") and D-106b LEE FLOREN Four Texans North (cover by Walter Popp; 1955; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-112 FRANK CASTLE Border Buccaneers (1955; listed as "complete and unabridged") and D-112b HARRY SINCLAIR DRAGO Trigger Gospel (1955; listed as "revised by the author")

D-120 JOHN McGREEVEY Bounty Man (1955; listed as "complete and unabridged") and D-120b SAMUEL ANTHONY PEEPLES The Call of the Gun (1955; listed as "complete new novel")

D-128 WILLIAM HOPSON High Saddle (cover by John Leone; 1955; listed as "complete and unabridged") and WILLIAM E. VANCE Way Station West (cover by Walter Popp; 1955; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-134. GENE OLSON The Outsiders (1955; listed as "complete and unabridged") and D-134b NELSON NYE Tornado on Horseback (c.1944; 1955)

D-138 PAUL EVAN Gunsmoke Over Sabado (1956; listed as "complete and unabridged") and D-138b T. V. OLSEN Haven Of The Hunted (1956; listed as "complete novel")

D-144 JAY ALBERT The Man From Stony Lonesome (cover by Walter Popp; 1956; listed as "complete novel") and D-144b ROD PATTERSON A Killer Comes Riding (cover by Walter Popp; 1956; 1st ACE printing; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-156 LEE FLOREN Thruway West (cover by John Leone;1956; listed as "complete and unabridged") and D-156b STEPHEN C. LAWRENCE The Naked Range (cover by Walter Popp; 1956; listed as "complete novel")

D-160 KARL KRAMER Action Along the Humboldt (1956; listed as "complete novel") and D-160b MICHAEL CARDER Decision at Sundown (1956; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-166 SAMUEL ANTHONY PEEPLES Terror At Tres Alamos (1956; listed as "complete novel") and D-166b STUART BROCK Whispering Canyon (1956; listed as "complete and unabridged"

D-172 ROBERT J. STEELMAN Stages South (1956; listed as "complete novel") and D-172b BEN SMITH Johnny No-Name (1956; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-180 NELSON C. NYE The No-Gun Fighter (1956; listed as "complete novel") and D-180b WALT COBURN One Step Ahead of the Posse (1956; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-186 RAY HOGAN Ex-Marshall (1956; listed as "complete novel") and EDWARD CHURCHILL Steel Horizon (1956; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-192 ROY MANNING Beware Of This Tenderfoot (1956; listed as "complete novel") and D-192b JOHN CALLAHAN Bad Blood at Black Range ( cover by John Leone; 1956; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-196 WALT COBURN The Night Branders (1956; listed as "complete novel") and D-196b FRANK GRUBER The Highwayman (1956; listed as "complete and unabridged"


D-204 PAUL DURST John Law, Keep Out! (1957; listed as "complete novel") and D-204b GORDON DONALDS The Desperate Donigans (original title: Arizona Justice ; 1957; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-208 GLENN BALCH Blind Man's Bullets (1957; listed as "complete novel") and D-208b BARRY CORD The Prodigal Gun (original title: Trail To Sundown; c. 1953; 1957; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-216 BARRY CORD Savage Valley (original title: Dry Range; c. 1955; listed as "complete and unabridged") and D-216b WILLIAM COLT MacDONALD Ridin' Through (1957; listed as "complete novel")

D-220 RAY HOGAN The Friendless One (1957; listed as "complete novel") and D-220b JOHN JAKES Wear a Fast Gun (cover by Verne Tossey; c. 1956; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-226 EDWIN BOOTH Showdown at Warbird (1957; listed as "complete novel") and D-226b SAMUEL A. PEEPLES Doc Colt (1957; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-230 BARRY CORD Boss of Barbed Wire (c. 1955; 1957; listed as "complete and unabridged") and LEE FLOREN Burn 'Em Out! (1957; copyright by A. A. Wyn; listed as "complete novel")

D-236 EDWIN BOOTH Jinx Rider (1957; listed as "complete and unabridged") and D-236b RAY HOGAN Walk a Lonely Trail (1957; listed as "complete novel")

Note: I have an issue where the numbering is D-263. Anyone have a copy to check?

D-240 WAYNE C. LEE Broken Wheel Ranch (1957; listed as "complete and unabridged") and D-240b TOM WEST Torture Trail (1957; listed as "complete novel")

D-248 CLEMENT HARDIN (aka DWIGHT BENNETT NEWTON) Longhorn Law (cover by Walter Popp; 1957; listed as "complete novel") and D-248b RAY HOGAN Cross Me in Gunsmoke (cover by Walter Popp; 1957; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-252 JOHN CALLAHAN The Rawhide Breed (1957; listed as "complete and unabridged") and D-252b ROD PATTERSON Prairie Terror (1957; listed as "complete novel")

D-260 RAY HOGAN (with MATT SLADE) Land of the Strangers (1957; listed as "complete and unabridged") and D-260b LEE FLOREN The Saddle Wolves (1957; listed as "complete novel")

D-264 BARRY CORD Cain Basin (c.1954; 1958) and D-264b LEE E. WELLS Brother Outlaw (cover by Walter Popp; 1958; listed as "complete novel")

D-272 LEE FLOREN Riders in the Night (cover by John Leone; 1958; listed as "abridged") and D-272b WILLIAM HOPSON Backlash at Cajon Pass (cover by Walter Popp; 1958; listed as "complete novel")

D-276 BARRY CORD The Gunsmoke Trail (1958; listed as "complete and unabridged") and D-276b TOM WEST Lead in His Fists (cover by Robert Lesser; 1958; listed as "complete novel")

D-284 BARRY CORD The Guns of Hammer (c.1956; listed as "complete and unabridged") and D-284b EDWIN BOOTH The Man Who Killed Tex (c. 1957; listed as "complete novel")

D-288 EDWIN BOOTH Trail to Tomahawk (cover by Walter Popp; 1958; listed as "complete novel") and D-288b JOHN CALLHAN Land Beyond the Law (cover by Walter Popp; 1958; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-294 JOHN H. LATHAM Bad Bunch of the Brasada (1958; listed as "complete novel") and D-294b WALT COBURN Beyond the Wide Missouri (1958; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-298 PAUL EVANS Thunder Creek Range (c.1957; 1958; listed as "complete and unabridged") and D-298b WILLIAM VANCE Outlaws Welcome! (1958; listed as "complete novel")


D-304 ARCHIE JOSCELYN River to the Sunset (1958; listed as "complete novel") and D-304b BEN SMITH Trouble at Breakdam (1958; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-308 JACK M. BICKHAM Gunman's Gamble (1958; listed as "complete novel") and D-308b ROY MANNING Draw and Die! (1958; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-316 ROD PATTERSON A Time For Guns (1958; listed as "complete novel") and D-316b BARRY CORD Mesquite Johnny (c.1954; 1958; listed as "abridged")

D-320 ROBERT McCAIG The Rangemaster (1958; listed as "complete novel") and D-320b WILLIAM HOPSON The Last Shoot-out (1958; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-328 MERLE CONSTINER The Fourth Gunman (1958; listed as "complete novel") and TOM WEST Slick on the Draw (1958; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-332 KERMIT WELLES Blood on Boot Hill (1958; listed as "complete and unabridged") and D-332b BEN SMITH Stranger in Sundown (1959; listed as "complete novel")

D-346 RAY HOGAN Wanted: Alive! (c. 1956; 1959; listed as "complete novel") and D-346b BARRY CORD Sherriff of Big Hat (c. 1957; 1959 listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-348 T. V. OLSEN The Man From Nowhere (1959; listed as "complete and unabridged") and D-348b JOHN L. SHELLEY The Avenging Gun (1959; listed as "complete novel")

D-356 PAUL DURST Kansas Guns (1959; listed as "abridged") and D-356b TOM WEST The Cactus Kid (c. 1958; 1959; listed as "complete novel")

D-360 JOHN H. LATHAM Johnny Sixgun (1959; listed as "complete novel") and D-360b BARRY CORD War In Peaceful Valley (1959; listed as "first book publication")

Note: With D-360 the notation of "first book publication" occurs and suggests that the "complete novel" notation may not indicate the same idea.

D-368 RAY HOGAN Hangman 's Valley (cover by Lesser; 1959; listed as "first book publication") and D-368b JOSEPH GAGE A Score to Settle (1959; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-372 DAN KIRBY Cimarron Territory (1959; listed as "complete novel") and D-372b GLENN BALACH Grass Greed (1959; listed as "first book publication")

D-380 WILLIAM HEUMAN My Brother The Gunman (1959; listed as "first book publication") and D-380b BARRY CORD Concho Valley (1959; listed as "abridged")

D-384 LOUIS TRIMBLE Mountain Ambush (1959; listed as "abridged") and D-384b JACK M. BICKHAM Feud Fury (1959; listed as "first book publication")

D-392 TOM WEST Twisted Trail (cover by Gerald McConnell; 1959; listed as "first book publication") and D-392b ARCHIE JOSCELYN The Man From Salt Creek (cover by Gerald McConnell; 1959; listed as "complete and unabridged")

GERALD McCONNELL (1931-2004) illustrated over 2000 paperback covers and was later known for his three-dimensional and prop work. He was a leader of the Graphic Artist Guild in the 1970's and '80's, and is credited with efforts in improving the protection of copyrights for illustrators, led by Tad Crawford. In addtion, he taught at the Pratt Institute, published several books on three dimensional arts, was picture editor or art editor on various industry books; and later became a successful publisher and owner of Madison Square Press.


D-400 BARRY CORD Last Chance at Devil's Canyon (cover by Gerald McConnell; 1959; listed as "complete novel") and D-400b GORDON D. SHIRREFFS Shadow of a Gunman (1959; listed as "first book publication")

D-408 EDWIN BOOTH Wyoming Welcome (1959; listed as "first book publication") and D-408b GILES A. LUTZ Law of the Trigger (cover by Gerald McConnell; 1959; listed as "complete novel")

D-412 E. A. ALMAN Ride the Long Night (c. 1959; 1960; listed as "complete and unabridged") and D-412b GORDON D. SHIRREFFS Apache Butte (cover by Gerald McConnell; 1959; listed as "first book publication")

D-418 C. S. PARK The Quiet Ones (1960: listed as "complete novel") and D-418b TOM WEST Nothing But My Gun (cover by Verne Tossey; 1960; listed as "first book publication")

Original cover art by Verne Tossey for Nothing But My Gun. Gouache on board, 27" x 20" with details on verso and signed lower right.

D-424 LEE RICHARDS Shoot-Out at the Way Station (listed as "first book publication") and D-424b ROBERT McCAIG Wild Justice (1960)

D-430 WILLIAM HOPSON Born Savage (1960; listed as "complete novel") and D-430b RAY HOGAN The Hasty Hangman (cover by Gerald McConnell; 1960; listed as "first book publication")

D-436 TOM WEST The Phantom Pistoleer (1960; listed as "complete novel") and D-436b GILES A. LUTZ The Challenger (cover by Gerald McConnell; 1960; listed as "first book publication")

D-442 JACK M. BICKHAM Killer's Paradise (1960; listed as "complete novel") and ROD PATTERSON Rider of the Rincon (cover by Gerald McConnell; 1960; listed as "first book publication")

D-448 LEE FLOREN Pistol-Whipper (1960; listed as "complete novel") and D-448b AL CODY (aka ARCHIE JOSCELYN) Winter Range (cover by Gerald McConnell; 1959; listed as "complete and unabridged")

D-450 TOM WEST Side Me With Sixes (cover by Gerald McConnell; 1960; listed as "first book publication") and D-450b RAY HOGAN The Ridgerunner (1960)

D-456 EDWIN BOOTH Danger Trail (1960; listed as "abridged") and D-456b EDWIN BOOTH The Desperate Dude (cover by Gerald McConnell; 1960; listed as "first book publication")

D-462 JACK M. BICKHAM The Useless Gun (1960; listed as "complete novel") and JOHN H. LATHAM The Long Fuse (cover by Gerald McConnell; 1960; listed as "first book publication")

D-470 GENE OLSEN The Man Who Was Morgan (cover by Gerald McConnell; 1960; listed as "first book publication") and D-470b BEN SMITH The Maverick (cover by Gerald McConnell; 1960; listed as "abridged")

D-476 TOM WEST Double Cross Dinero (cover by Gerald McConnell; 1960; listed as "first book publication") and EDWIN BOOTH Last Valley (c.1960; listed as "abridged")

D-484 RAY HOGAN Ambush at Riflestock (1961; listed as "complete novel") and D-484b AL CODY (aka ARCHIE JOSCELYN) Dead Man's Spurs (1961; listed as "first book publication")

Original cover art for Dead Man's Spurs. Gouache on board. 17" x 13." Not signed. Verso gives title and ACE letter-number series.

D-492 WILLIAM HOPSON Winter Drive (1961; listed as "complete novel") and D-492b GILES A. LUTZ The Wild Quarry (cover by Gerald McConnell; 1961; listed as "first book publication")

D-496 STEVEN G. LAWRENCE With Blood In Their Eyes (cover by Gerald McConnell; 1961; listed as "complete novel") and D-496b TOM WEST Killer's Canyon (1961; listed as "first book publication")


D-502 PAUL EVAN LEHMAN Troubled Range (1959; 1961; listed as "complete and unabridged") and D-502b AL CODY (aka ARCHIE JOSCELYN) Long Night at Lodgepole (1961; listed as "first book publication")

D-510 HARRY WHITTINGTON The Searching Rider (1961; listed as "first book publication") and JACK M. BICKHAM Hangman's Territory (cover by Gerald McConnell; 1961; listed as "complete novel")

HARRY WHITTINGTON (1915 - 1989) was one of the most prolific paperback writers of the 1950's through the 1960's. He wrote in nearly every genre and had success as a screenwriter for Warner-Brothers and created the television shows "The Lawman," "The Alaskan," and "The Dakotas" in the 1960's.

D-514 GORDON D. SHIRREFFS Hangin' Pards (1961; listed as "complete novel") and D-514b GORDON D. SHIRREFFS Ride a Lone Trail (1961; listed as "first book publication")

Last Update 25 October 2011

 

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