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December 7th, 2006 #1
Bad Book Cover Art
Ok kids, here's what not to do when you're painting a book cover!
Click here for the horror!
I swear some of these can't be real... at least, I wish they weren't.
Last edited by Steph Laberis; December 7th, 2006 at 01:03 AM.
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The God Emperor cover has its faults, but I personally wouldn't put it in the "worst book covers" file. Though it does fall short of the amazing art some Dune books have had.
edit: Some of these aren't even that bad. I know I'm partial to the old school look, but I've got bones to pick with several of these. I think this one is pretty damn sweet:
Whatever with the Freudian nonsense, it's a damn sandworm!
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December 7th, 2006 #3
December 7th, 2006 #4
Some of them are actually really nice because they look old and crappy
But this is in fact a pretty nice list of pretty ugly covers... and that pet cemetary is recent which makes it even worst
but it doesnt beat the books I had to read in my french class. They are french Quebecer novels with really bad paintings that are in no way related with the subject of the book. I sometimes wonder how they got to sell them to publishers in the first place
December 7th, 2006 #5
the commentary on this one is great haha.
I like the dune covers...
December 7th, 2006 #6
uhhmmmm... -this is probably the best bookcover i´ve seen:
no, i thought it would be worse. these are just normal bookcovers you find in every bookstore (except the satanburger...)!
Last edited by Arne S.; December 7th, 2006 at 09:03 AM.
December 7th, 2006 #7
December 7th, 2006 #8
I mean, c'mon... Michael Whelan, Clyde Caldwell, Rowena... etc. The site is simply someone that apparently doesn't know a lot about book covers and the history of illustrated book covers and simply trying to find books to crack a joke at. If the book cover was so bad, I don't think people would still be buying the original covers for thousands of dollars. "Some" really do suck, but definitely not all.
I think the site was simply trying to aim at some silly humor. This can't be someone that strives for good illustration themselves.
December 7th, 2006 #9
December 7th, 2006 #10
Meh, I was expecting some really bad art... ok some of it is really bad but certainly not all. A lot of these have perfectly good art wrecked by bad cover design, or a terrible overall concept for a book. Frankly, a lot of them seem fine to me... more like an excuse for cutesy comments by whoever put the site together.
Overall I give it a 5.5 - some catchy tunes but I just can't dance to it.
December 7th, 2006 #11
indeed some of these are just silly.. but theres much much worse - JAG
it's only after you've lost everything, that you're free to do anything..
December 7th, 2006 #12
I'm proud to see some Tor covers there! (Although, I was only involved with one of them.)
I have to say, I'd be more impressed with a list that did not include the 80s. The 80s are just too easy - the hair the clothes, the neon...
There was a site a long time ago that took actual covers and changed the titles to comment on the art. _That_ was funny. I'll hope I can find that.
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December 7th, 2006 #13
Trixie Belden...like Nancy drew..is just classic. and there a lot of Romance covers that are waaaayyyworse. I too collect SF and old Fantasy... it is tempting to post the Good covers.
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