Pagan Passions

A nice cheesecake cover that is easy on the eyes. “Forced to make love to beautiful women!” Yeah, right. The novel is about the greek gods coming back and settling in modern New York city. I assume the reclining female is Aphrodite.

Published in 1959 as Beacon 263

Estimated Value: $ 30

The Sex War

We’re back to the dark stuff with this cover. a war between sexless puritans and people who want to have sex, sounds like the Republicans and the Democrats. Although this cover falls below Beacon’s usual high standards it does convey action and sells the title well.

Published in 1960 as Beacon 284

Estimated Value: $ 30

Virgin Planet

Another bondage themed Beacon Galaxy but this time the women have the upper hand. Unlike your average dominant female themed book cover our hero looks as though he’s enjoying his predicament. This cover has a bright innocent feel to it. Sleaze doesn’t have to be dark and transgressive, sometimes it can just be sexy.

Published in 1960 as Beacon 270

Estimated Value: $ 40

The Mating Cry

This is one of the more difficult Beacon Galaxy novels to find. It is a standout in the series because of its bondage and whipping theme and the tagline on the cover which reads “I have come to pay my debt-in the way I discovered men prefer.” The painted cover is really top notch. As I like to point out, the perspective and use of foreground, middle and background are what give it that extra something. Your eye is immediately drawn to victimized woman than back out to the three men who are menacing her.

Published in 1960 as Beacon 298

Estimated Value: $ 60

Troubled Star

Probably the easiest Beacon Galaxy to find.

Published in 1959 as Beacon 256

Estimated Value: $ 30

Gang Girl

Not sure about the date of publication, online search shows 1952, 1957 and 1961! ’52 is definitely wrong, the book would have been a digest, but the other two dates would work. This cover has it all. There’s the juvenile delinquent angle, a suggestion of nudity and bondage. No judgement but why were men in the 50’s so turned on by bound women? Please feel free to comment, this is one paperback theme that seems way out of proportion when compared to the number of B&D enthusiasts you would expect to be in the general population.

Published in 1961 as Beacon B372

Estimated Value: $ 50

Sin In Space

The Beacon Galaxy Novels are all highly sought after. A publisher named Galaxy Novels who printed digest sized novels went out of business and sold their remaining titles to Beacon. Beacon had sexy covers painted up and published them as sleaze. This is our all time favorite cover because the artist, Robert Stanley, has included a peek at the undersides of a pair of female breasts. This would have been quite shocking in 1959.

Published  in 1959 as Beacon 312

Estimated Value: $ 120

Marijuana Girl

This is one of the key paperback covers. It is 1960 and the beat generation is at its height of popularity. People in Greenwich Village are now smoking pot so when the New York based artist for this cover gets his assignment rather than creating an over the top reactionary image he draws from experience on how someone looks when stoned. This is mostly conjecture but there is no doubt this cover represents a leap in the portrayal of drug use in pop culture.

Published in 1960 as Beacon B328

Estimated Value: $ 250