Saturday, February 26, 2011

Vintage SF Covers

A few weeks ago while browsing eBay and looking for history works by either H.G. Wells or Isaac Asimov,   I spotted someone selling six classic Wells works for $6. Not six a piece, six all told.  They're fifty-cent paperbacks from the 1960s in great condition, and the seller sent me a seventh book just to be nice.  Anyway, being as I an admirer of vintage book covers...

Funny, I don't recall the Martians landing Robo-Spartans...

Is the isle of Dr. Moreau home to Morlocks?

I don't know what these books are about, but if this series is consistent, their covers have nothing to do with them. ;-)

Depending on your resolution, those pictures will probably glitch into the sidebar, but it doesn't seem distracting on my monitor.


  1. *Cool* purchase.

    ..and yes, the covers have little or nothing to do with the contents!

  2. The covers could be worse... I've read Dr. Moreau, The Time Machine and War of the Worlds and enjoyed them all. I'd like to read all of Wells' work.

  3. @Cyberkitten: One of those cases of being at the right place at the right time!

    @ Loni: As would I, especially his historical work. I may also read "The Shape of Things to Come this Year".

    I think the best example of a cover being out of line with the contents was the original cover for "A Whiff of Death", also known as "The Death Dealers". While the death in question occurred through cyanide poisoning, the cover showed a leggy blonde holding a smoking pistol!


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