Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Spaghetti Collectables

“The Dollar Books” or “The Man With No Name Books” was a series of paperbacks based on the Clint Eastwood “Man With No Name” character. Although the names of the villains change from book to book it’s easy to visualize Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach in their roles.

Published by Universal-Award Books a division of Universal Publishing, New York City, NY in 1973. The series consisted of the following titles:
AX0917 “A Dollar to Die For” by Brian Fox
AX0918 “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly” by Joe Millard
AX0919 “For a Few Dollars More” by Joe Millard
AS1113 “Blood for a Dirty Dollar” by Joe Millard
AN1194 “A Coffin Full of Dollars” by Joe Millard
AN1254 “The Devil’s Dollar Sign” by Joe Millard
AN1180 “The Million Dollar Bloodhunt” by Joe Millard

There is also a rare 1972 British addition to the series published by Star, a paperback division of W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd., London, England.
“A Fistful of Dollars” by Frank Chandler


  1. The UK Tandem editions had a rather nifty dollar bill heading each cover.

    Don't know how to put a link in, but it's here:

    Incidentally, this is a 1974 reprint of Chandler's 1972 novelisation. "Based on the screenplay of a Jolly Film, Rome, entitled A Fistful of Dollars, by permission of Kurasawa Productions Ltd, Tokyo."

  2. Thanks Alison. The copy I own is the same cover without the dollar bill.

  3. You can still occasionally find these jewels in used book stores. On a recent trip to Tucson I found several at Bookman's, not half price but all reasonable.

  4. Frank Chandler was, if memory serves, Terry Harknett who (as George G. Gilman) authored the "Edge" paperback series which bookended the slew (over 200 titles) of British paperback western series known collectively to aficionados as the "Piccadilly Cowboys" or PCs in the 1970s and early 80s. These were basically spaghetti westerns in print (an oversimplification, but useful). Mr. Harknett also did two other SW novelisations as William Terry, Town Called Bastard (Town Called Hell) and Hannie Caulder.