Thursday, May 25, 2006

Primitive pirate passions were a prelude to death!

As part of their salute to the pulp novel, Slate asked several book cover designers to create pulp covers for classic stories. The results are beautiful and hilarious.

I was obsessed with Ray Bradbury when I was a teenager and own multiple editions of his books. This illustrated biography of Bradbury features an amazing overviews of the cover art for his books and stories. The Grand Master editions were my favorites because they looked like sinister Lisa Frank. The Grand Master cover of the The Martian Chronicles looks like the West Mesa in Albuquerque, except without water or martians. As a wry (or pretentious) 14-year-old, I cracked myself for weeks when I displayed my copy of Agatha Christie's By the Pricking of My Thumbs with Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes. Wow, the cover art on the new edition of By the Pricking of My Thumbs is terrible. I think I had this edition, or one similar to this one.