Kin Platt Message Board
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.
Chris Platt posts on 5/16/2013 12:58:29 AM
Really? Why do you say that about yourself? Are you on the right message board?
Chris Platt posts on 4/1/2013 11:29:37 PM
Hi Andy, Thanks, but the publisher has already taken care of the scanning with their own versions of scanning and publishing software. We are now in the process of trying to prove the Kin Platt estate has the rights to publish the book before we proceed. We have determined that the rights must have reverted before 1991, but the paper trail is extremely difficult to follow. Keep the faith.
Andy Valencia posts on 4/1/2013 10:16:30 PM
How are things going? My offer still stands to scan in a copy of the hardbound version of your father's novel, if that'll help things moving forward. Let me know!
p.s. It'd be sort of cool to compare what was changed between the paperback and the original!
Chris Platt posts on 3/7/2013 4:28:15 PM
No, Karl, you are right -- he only wrote those two. He wrote three Sinbad books, young adult titles about a bulldog and his boy, Steve.
Karl posts on 3/6/2013 10:12:21 PM
I thought your Dad only wrote two Three Investigator Books, Coughing Dragon and Nervous Lion. Was there a third?
Sue Duskoff posts on 2/18/2013 1:59:52 PM
This is wonderful news. A whole new generation will love this book. Congratulations
Chris Platt posts on 2/13/2013 10:50:47 AM
Wonderful News, Sinbad fans. Purple House Press, whose website says, Bringing back the Finest in children's books, wants to republish Sinbad and Me. We are going over some final details now, but the plan is to have the hardcover version published by this Fall, selling for $18.95. There will also be an eBook version. We, and you all, owe thanks to Steve McCormick, who conspired with Seth Smolinske to put us together with Purple House Press.
Kathy Wendolkowski posts on 2/13/2013 10:20:30 AM
I finally broke down and bought a paperback copy and was thinking about typing it into Word and sending that to Mr. Platt. This is, of course, a long term plan - 6 months or so.
James Lyon posts on 2/13/2013 9:42:02 AM
Please, please, please find a way to republish Sinbad and Me. I am over 50 and an author myself, and that book had a huge influence on me in my formative years. If you can't find a publisher, why not take an electronic version of the text and put it on Createspace or Lulu and self-publish. I'm certain there is sufficient pent-up demand that major publishers would quickly take note of the sales figures and make you a credible offer. After all, it is a classic.
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