Kin Platt Message Board
Phil posts on 6/28/2013 7:38:02 PM
Hi Chris, I just sent you invites from both FB and LinkedIn. Hope it's not too late, didn't realize the previous message failed. I guess these social media sites are more restrictive than they used to be. Soon as we're connected I'll send you a message with my address. My Kin Platt book search has paid off with one of the Hitman series (They're Coming to Kill You, Jane)so far. Picked up several of the eBooks last week and am enjoying them all very much. Cynthia - Let me know if I can give you any help. Not sure what I can do but I'll do what I can.
Cynthia posts on 6/28/2013 6:25:03 PM
I'm not on Facebook much, but I did like the Kin Platt page today (6/28) and sent a message with my address. Hopefully you'll get it! You can let me know here if not or if you have a personal Facebook page. I'm not a frequent user of Facebook, so who knows if I know what I'm doing or not!
I know I sure would love a hardcover copy of The Blue Man!
My poor falling apart original copy of Sinbad and Me is still with me, purchased as a child from the bookmobile that came to my little school. Cost me all of 60 cents! I loved the story so much it was one of the very few books that stayed with me during hard times and various moves.
I bought a better copy on eBay last year for $60 and felt lucky to get it!
Chris Platt posts on 6/21/2013 11:20:03 AM
Hey Phil, didn't get anything via FB, either. Maybe if you LinkIn to me on LI first, that is, connect, it will work there, or you can friend me on FB or friend Kin Platt on HIS FB page, which gets you to me.
Phil posts on 6/21/2013 2:37:45 AM
Thanks for the kind offer, Chris. Of course I'd love to get a copy of the reprinted HC edition. Tried to send a message via LinkdIn but I think it failed so I messaged you through FB instead.
Chris Platt posts on 6/21/2013 1:13:50 AM
Hey Cynthia, if you AND Phil would like a reissued copy of the hardcover Blue Man, I would be happy to send them to you. I had copies of the book reproduced identically back in 2005 and still have a few left. I don't want to post my email address here, and not sure I even can, but you can get to me via FB or LinkedIn. Just give me your mailing addresses.
Cynthia posts on 6/20/2013 5:55:17 PM
I have to admit, I love the hardcover dustjacket art for The Blue Man best, but I also like the paperback cover, since that's the version I own. I keep looking for the hardcover, but no luck yet. I was probably lucky to find the paperback, it is pretty hard to come by as well.
Phil posts on 6/20/2013 9:07:16 AM
Chris - Thanks for the info. I've never seen the cover for the hardback but just now looked it up online and I see what you mean. That is a great cover, too, in that vivid, graphic style that you just don't see anymore. I love the woodcut-like appearance of the face, the angles of those lines, the look in the eyes, the star background with the blue planet in the background, it all works together very well. As I said, my sense-memory revolves around the Scholastic paperback so that one will always be etched in my mind but I'm sure the other cover would have been the same. However, I'm still curious if anyone out there can see the Lee Marvin resemblance. Anyone out there familiar with Marvin's appearance see what I'm talking about? Your dad was an amazing guy, but I guess no one has to tell you that. Cynthia (and Chris) - Thanks for the tips. I will definitely go get those ebooks. I'm kinda on a used bookstore kick right now so I'll keep looking for printed copies, too.
Cynthia posts on 6/20/2013 3:53:44 AM
Not only are most of the Kin Platt Max Roper mysteries available as ebook, but right now they are 99 cents each at Amazon! For that price, I just got them all! Barnes & Noble and Kobo also have them, but are a little higher priced. I think you could use Kobo coupons on them though, but I haven't checked to be sure.
Chris Platt posts on 6/20/2013 1:07:56 AM
Hi Phil, It will be interesting to see if you get a reply on the paperback Blue Man cover. I have seen it once or twice, but I am way more familiar with and impressed by the hardback edition, for which the stunning cover art was done by Leonard Everett Fisher. Many Kin Platt books are now available online as eBooks, so enjoy your obsession before your wife cuts you off.:-)
Phil posts on 6/20/2013 12:50:41 AM
The Blue Man by Kin Platt is the first "real" book I read cover to cover (1971, age 10, the Scholastic paperback edition) and it has always stuck out in my mind as a vivid sense-memory. Not just the reading of it but that great cover art by Ray Kursar. I've long suspected that the inspiration for the figure on the cover was film actor Lee Marvin. At the very least, he strongly resembles Marvin and I've found at least one or two movie stills that are quite close to the pose and expression on the cover. I emailed Kursar himself (he's a famous Broadway poster artist these days) through his website, asking him if Marvin was an inspiration for the cover, but have never got a response. Does anyone on this message board have any information about this or maybe have an opinion? Am I crazy or doesn't that guy on the cover of the Scholastic edition of The Blue Man resemble Lee Marvin? Anyway, my main interest in Platt comes from the place that The Blue Man holds in my life as a reader, but after learning of his utterly amazing biography online (my jaw literally dropped reading about his accomplishments and I made my wife sit and listen while I read it to her)I am eager to read everything of his I can get my hands on - the kid's books, the mysteries, and even the "dirty books." This could be the beginning of a whole new obsession for me.
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