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Clark Kidder
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Oct 1999
Marilyn Monroe epitomized sensuality and femininity and her place as Hollywood's premier sex symbol is undisputed. These attributes are immortalized in her many magazine covers. From her debut as the youthful brunette, Norma Jean, through her metamorphosis into the sizzling blonde Marilyn Monroe, this illustrated book features some of her most beautiful cover appearances. The author shares with the reader his treasured collection and provides accurate pricing along with life-revealing anecdotes. Her persona, spirit and unrivalled glamour are captured in the pages of this volume.

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  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: KP Books (Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873417402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873417402
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 20.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not just another book on Marilyn Monroe. Quite unique!
You'll find over 300 of Marilyn Monroe's magazine covers pictured (nearly all in color) in my book, representing about thirty countries around the world. Each cover description includes the title of the magazine, date of publication, approximate value, cover photographer's name (if known) and country of origin. In addition, interesting anecdotes, quotes and descriptions are included for every cover. A lot of these quotes and anecdotes are totally new material on Marilyn, as extracted from the many hundreds of vintage magazines in my collection. A wonderful foreword has been written by Mamie Van Doren. The covers are arranged chronologically to show the metamorphosis (if you will) of Norma Jeane into Marilyn Monroe. These represent the years of 1945 to 1962 in Marliyn's life, showing her from age nineteen to thirty-six. The covers begin when Norma Jeane was still a budding young actress/model with curly brunette hair and progress, as Marilyn gets her hair straightened and gradually lightened to a shimmering blonde. You'll find the book quite remarkable I believe. Many collectors have reported that they are buying two copies of my book - one to use as a reference and the other to put away. A percentage of the net profits of this book will be donated in Marilyn's name to the Children's Aid Society of New York City. Enjoy it and let me know what you think. Thank you Amazon for giving me this opportunity to say a few words about my book. Readers, please look for my upcoming book on Marilyn Monroe Collectibles, which will provide a price guide to nearly every conceivable Monroe item ever made.

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Clark Kidder is a highly sought-after appraiser of Marilyn Monroe items and has written Marilyn Monroe: Cover to Cover, 1st Edition, and Marilyn Memorabilia, among other titles. He owns an extensive collection of Marilyn Monroe collectibles. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Marilyn Magazine Cover Biography 12 Aug 1999
By A Customer
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The best unique Marilyn tribute ever done on her. Marilyn truly comes alive from "cover to cover" from her early years to the end. And the best part are the quotes along side each cover. An everlasting shrine of how the world appreciated her. Superb job inside and outside. A must have for all who admire MM!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars PICTURE BOOK OF MARILYN 7 Dec 2000
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An enjoyable visual book. Many magazine covers used from her early days as a model - some I had ever seen before. It's amazing to see how the transformation from Norma Jeane to Marilyn Monroe transends as you flick through the pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MARILYN MONROE : COVER TO COVER 19 Oct 2002
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For all those magazine covers that you missed; those hugely collectible images now sadly long out of print, this is the book for you. it shows most of the covers that Marilyn has been featured on - some very rare - capturing Marilyn as the young model Norma Jean until her transformation into MARILYN MONROE. A lovely collectors' book and a must for all Marilyn Fans everywhere; featuring magazine covers she has appeared on in other countries throughout the world. She truly was an International Star! A lovely keepsake.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Well Comprehensive Marilyn Monroe Biography 17 Aug 1999
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A well reseached comprehensive bio ever done on Marilyn Monroe. The best part is that its a bio of her magazine cover appearances! Truly a rare Marilyn treasure to own. A must! You won't regret it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book of Marilyn Monroe cover appearances. 10 Sep 1999
By Joe, The - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been a fan of Marilyn Monroe since 1953/1954 when my Mother took me to see "How To Marry A Millionaire" at Radio City Music Hall (thanks, Mom). But I became an avid collector in the summer of 1959 when Marilyn blasted me away as Sugar in "Some Like It Hot". From that time I have been on a quest to acquire everything about her. I have amassed a formidable collection of magazine articles and whenever possible complete magazines featuring Marilyn on the cover. It had always been a goal of mine to have some kind of checklist of every magazine cover she appeared on and it wasn't until 1994 that Clark Kidder came to the rescue to provide the possibility of such a checklist.
His book "Marilyn Monroe Uncovers" by Quon Editions out of Canada (ISBN 0-9695539-7-8) packed 160 pages with hundreds of photos of magazine covers. This book was like bread to a starving man. It was by no means the complete record of Marilyn Monroe magazine covers but it did provide the avid collector with the means to identify a great many that might be missing from his/her collection. This book satisfied. But now, five years later, Mr. Kidder has outdone his first effort. With the release by Krause Publications of "Cover To Cover" we have a great deal more to thank Clark Kidder for. He has put together a 159 page book to rival his first book. While there are several covers that are repeated again in this book, there are a great many
others that appear for the first time making this a Volume 2 of a 2 volume reference set.
The advantage of "Cover To Cover" over "Marilyn Monroe Uncovers" is that it presents the evolution of the girl Norma Jean posing early in her modeling career through the glamorous Marilyn Monroe modeling phase into the Marilyn Monroe screen goddess phase and ending with the sad and troubled Marilyn in her last days. A time line of the most fabulous face ever to grace the camera. The chronological presentation guides the casual reader through the stages of Marilyn's life and career. And for the hard-core collector, Mr. Kidder has provided pricing ranges for complete magazines with each cover portrayed. His prices come from his personal knowledge in acquiring the magazines that are featured in his books. I have seen his ads running in collector publications seeking any magazine with Marilyn Monroe on the cover.
Comparing the two books one finds several differences in styles. "Marilyn Monroe Uncovers" provided the prices in the 3 page - 2 column index at the back of the book. It also covered more of the American movie magazines with a sprinkling of foreign publications. The book was oversize with dimensions of 9" by 12". "Cover To Cover" provides the prices along with the cover and the index has been reduced to a single 4 column page. There are many more foreign publications even from the beginning of the book, which measures 8 1/4" by 10 3/4".
Remarkably, both books show a strikingly limited display of Life, LOOK, Time and Newsweek covers although she had appeared on these publications many times. Corresponding with the author, I discovered that the Time/Life giant wanted substantial fees for permission to reprint their covers.
Clark Kidder's breathtaking projects prove that the loving devotion to a superstar can result in an admirable tribute to her. These are books he has every right to feel proud of. Whether he attempts to continue his quest to complete the record or not, he has provided us all with a glorious set of one-of-a-kind books.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book that chronicles Marilyn's life. 10 Sep 1999
By Irvin Goodman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Features 160 pages with 200 large (some full page), sharp full color magazine covers from all over the world. Includes numerous quotes and anecdotes accompanying the pictures. Estimated values are shown. All of this is in chronological order. The volume is completely indexed. A history of the legend and a timeline of her life from 1926 to 1962 is provided. This volume is a collectible in its own right. If you collect Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, this 5 star rated book is essential.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT PHOTOS OF MARILYN! 11 Mar 2007
By Jutta F. Schoner - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an unusual outstanding picture book.

Marilyn in unforgetable pictures.

Thank you!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a terrific book! 24 Dec 1999
By phooofeee@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have to admit I was skeptical at first when I ordered this book...However, when I received it...I was thrilled with all the photos of Marilyn I had never seen before and it sparked my interest in collecting Marilyn memorabillia. Up 'til now, I have only collected books about her and miss her dearly every day of my life. The collection of magazine covers is astonishing. I know she was/is the most photographed woman who's ever lived (although Princess Diana is probably a close rival,) and I knew she modeled for several years. But I had never seen all those pictures. The only bad thing about it s the pics make me miss her all the more!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our most stunning cover girl 20 Mar 2007
By L. Lukaszewicz - Published on Amazon.com
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This thoroughly unique and enjoyable approach to the documentation of Marilyn's career is a comprehensive collection of magazine covers from all around the world, featuring her throughout her career. The whole is an eclectic gathering of photos highlighting her metamorphosis from unknown young model to luminous superstar.

Although many of the more well known American covers are absent, there is plenty here to satisfy! The variety and sheer number of colorful covers is impressive. The memorable quotes that accompany so many of the covers capture the essence of her endearing personality without being an actual biography, and the timeline is a good but brief overview of many of the important events in her life.

Although I am not an avid collector of MM memorabilia, I'm sure the pricing information would be valuable to those who are. I found comparing the various values to be very interesting reading. I can only imagine the painstaking work that went into identifying each of these photos and determining the worth of each cover.

This would be a welcome and unique addition to any MM library - highly recommended!
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