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Drachen Jager
10-29-2011, 12:56 AM
The world's worst cover art. I excluded the actual worst one because I don't want to post such offensive material on my website, if you're curious it's called Satan Burger.

http://brassbolts.blogspot.com/2011/10/fashion-friday-book-cover-art.html

Shadow_Ferret
10-29-2011, 01:07 AM
I had that Andre Norton "Breed to Come." I never thought anything was wrong with it.

Drachen Jager
10-29-2011, 01:11 AM
Really? The title alone makes me wonder, but the cover art is just bizarre.

Alessandra Kelley
10-29-2011, 01:19 AM
I was going to say don't think it's fair to include self-published covers, but I looked them up and as far as I can tell, they're not. :eek: Although normally "Agnes and the Hitman" has a much nicer cover and I can't find that version anywhere but on that blog.

Bad covers at a safe distance are why I enjoy this site so much: http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/

It shows a new terrible professionally published science fiction or fantasy book cover every weekday. I've seen some bad cover sites which are really over-the-top mean, but this one has a genuine sense of humor. It even had an actual cover artist show up and apologize (http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/2010/04/written-in-time/). ;)

Mclesh
10-29-2011, 01:21 AM
Funny and painful. (The Rifleman cover. Oh, dear.)

leahzero
10-29-2011, 01:36 AM
This post is great, and this


http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/;)

is an indisputable gem.

Logan!
10-29-2011, 03:30 AM
I want to read all of these books.

CrastersBabies
10-29-2011, 04:15 AM
The world's worst cover art. I excluded the actual worst one because I don't want to post such offensive material on my website, if you're curious it's called Satan Burger.

http://brassbolts.blogspot.com/2011/10/fashion-friday-book-cover-art.html

Oh boy, I am still laughing over some of these.

Thanks for the share!

And WTF on Satan burger?!?!

SomethingOrOther
10-29-2011, 04:32 AM
http://i.imgur.com/J7RRH.jpg

This is excellent!

IceCreamEmpress
10-29-2011, 04:35 AM
Yes, I have never seen that Agnes and the Hitman cover, either. What edition is that? The original US cover (same for hardback and paperback) is quite attractive.

The Rifleman tie-in novel cover is pretty standard design for a late 50s/early 60s TV tie-in paperback. I've seen many worse examples of the genre!

On edit: I was disappointed by the Satan Burger cover. Presuming we're talking about the same edition, let me summarize for those who don't want to look at it: it's a fairly well-composed, slightly grainy black-and-white photo of a naked person crouching on a restaurant table above a plate, presenting their rear end to the camera. The font is a bit tacky, but it really isn't a design disaster in my opinion. It's Mellick's most tasteful cover by a mile, too--artsy nude photographs are so much more appealing to me than the gory pinup caricatures I've seen on his other books.

thothguard51
10-29-2011, 04:37 AM
I think perhaps you are a little to harsh with covers from another era...

The Andre Norton one is from the late sixties or early seventies . SF&F back then was just taking off and while some books had Frank Frazetta covers, most did not. There is also the fact that in the fifties and sixties, space was still pretty unknown, thus you got a lot of green men and flying saucers on covers. The readers from back then would not have been turned off as it was pretty common.

You might try reading some of Ms Norton's work. It was very early SF and she was later named as the first Grand Dame of SF&F. If my memory serves. A honor I think she well deserved...

As to the Rifleman cover, it was a studio shot and look at the price of the book from Dell. That had to be late fifties or early sixties...

Would these covers past muster today. Not really, but then again, I wouldn't say they are all the worse covers ever.

Of course, opinions vary...

Rhoda Nightingale
10-29-2011, 07:30 AM
I didn't see anything wrong with the Rifleman cover initially. And then I looked at the position of that log and went, "Ooooooh."

Still don't see anything wrong with the Norton though. It's pulpy and weird, sure, but it has its own charm.

Filigree
10-29-2011, 10:29 AM
In my misspent youth, I had to do a thesis paper on book covers in the SF&F field, from 1965 to 1987 (the year I did the paper).

Without droning on, marketing was still finding its way. In the pre-Star Wars era, SF was still mostly identified by pulp images (bug monsters and scantily-clad babes) or pompous abstract paintings meant to evoke a futuristic vibe. Fantasy got a huge boost with the Tolkien revival of the early-seventies (when Frazetta duked it out with the Brothers Hildebrandt for cover styles.)

It's not so different today. We have some stunning artwork, but there are still tropes that help identify genres and writers. Sometimes, with very little representation of the actual characters, setting, or plot.

M R Mortimer
10-29-2011, 10:58 AM
ROFL - its great looking through old covers sometimes, but I agree with the "other times" assessment - a lot of them would have been considered brilliant designs in their day. THey still are a bit tragic. Some of their ilk hold up though and that makes it all the more sad!

I'm just glad none of my covers have made such a list! At least if they did I could only blame myself - I figure why pay somebody else for their artistic talent when I can take the blame myself? lol.

bettielee
10-29-2011, 12:25 PM
omg... the Amazon page for Satan Burger!! Oh gawd! That stuff is gonna show up on my stream next time I go there....

Jesus' butt plug? For real?? oh... brain bleach, immediately!

nchahine
10-29-2011, 02:38 PM
Oh, my eyes! I think every author's worst fear is that someday they'll get published only to be stuck with a cover art just as bad as these.

I hope that Blazing Embers cover was a joke...

Alessandra Kelley
10-29-2011, 03:17 PM
In my misspent youth, I had to do a thesis paper on book covers in the SF&F field, from 1965 to 1987 (the year I did the paper).

Without droning on, marketing was still finding its way. In the pre-Star Wars era, SF was still mostly identified by pulp images (bug monsters and scantily-clad babes) or pompous abstract paintings meant to evoke a futuristic vibe. Fantasy got a huge boost with the Tolkien revival of the early-seventies (when Frazetta duked it out with the Brothers Hildebrandt for cover styles.)

It's not so different today. We have some stunning artwork, but there are still tropes that help identify genres and writers. Sometimes, with very little representation of the actual characters, setting, or plot.

Aw. I ... kind of liked the pompous abstract futuristic covers.

I agree with IceCreamEmpress about Satan Burger. Its cover image is personally distasteful to me, but it is (speaking purely artistically here) not bad. It's a well-done piece of art suggesting something gross.

seun
10-29-2011, 04:17 PM
What in the name of arse is going on with the old guy, the bath and what looks disturbingly like a child?

scarletpeaches
10-29-2011, 04:25 PM
That's erotica for the seniors among us, apparently.

But nonetheless disturbing.

D.M.Drake
10-29-2011, 04:27 PM
http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/french1.jpg


Rofl

bearilou
10-29-2011, 05:31 PM
http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/french1.jpg


Rofl

If that squid is actually using all those swords in the book? I'd TOTALLY buy it.

Apocrita
10-29-2011, 05:39 PM
The best bit has to be that the octopus is holding swords in its tentacles.

Becky Black
10-29-2011, 05:50 PM
I like the two women just standing there watching in a terribly disinterested fashion. Like any minute now they're going to decide that watching a nearly naked man sword fighting a squid is boring and go get a latte. And the fighting doesn't exactly look like a desperate battle to the death either. More like street theatre. They'll split the take at the end of the day and go for a couple of beers together.

seun
10-29-2011, 06:01 PM
Why is the ginge fighting the squid wearing his underwear? Did he forget his kecks?

Filigree
10-29-2011, 06:05 PM
Dunno. He's got a nice backside, Becky.

I liked the abstract covers, too, Alessandra. They were a little more thought-provoking than the bug monsters and the bored babes. (I haven't the faintest idea where that paper went. It got a good reception, but this was in the days before thesis work went online. And I've moved three times since then.)

KitFoster
10-29-2011, 06:16 PM
What a wonderful post - these made me smile : ) I must confess, I actually quite like the cover for 'Breed To Come'. I love all the old 60's sci-fi covers.

I'm actually a cover designer myself - If anyone would like to stop by my site (www.kitfosterdesign.com (http://www.kitfosterdesign.com)) and offer me some feedback on my work it would be very much appreciated (hopefully none of mine will make it on to the next list!).

Thanks again - great post!

Mclesh
10-29-2011, 08:42 PM
I like the two women just standing there watching in a terribly disinterested fashion. Like any minute now they're going to decide that watching a nearly naked man sword fighting a squid is boring and go get a latte. And the fighting doesn't exactly look like a desperate battle to the death either. More like street theatre. They'll split the take at the end of the day and go for a couple of beers together.

:roll:

(What were they thinking?)

Soccer Mom
10-29-2011, 08:56 PM
I had to google the Blazing Embers book. Apparently it is erotica for those over sixty. Both people on the cover are supposed to be grandparents. No, I'm not joking.

I used to enjoy a blog called Judge a Book by its Cover (http://judgeabook.blogspot.com/). The blogger is not longer very active due to real life, but there are four years worth of goodies there. Very funny stuff in that blog if you are looking for ways to procrastinate.

Creative_Solitude
10-29-2011, 11:29 PM
Oh God, those are awful...really bad. lol

Margarita Skies
10-30-2011, 12:25 AM
The only thing I can possibly comment after seeing those book covers is this...



:ROFL:



Nuff said.

Drachen Jager
10-30-2011, 02:03 AM
I had to google the Blazing Embers book. Apparently it is erotica for those over sixty. Both people on the cover are supposed to be grandparents. No, I'm not joking.

Someone's taking the label 'sexagenarian' too literally.

Seriously though, do even people in their '60s want to read erotica about people in their '60s?

IceCreamEmpress
10-30-2011, 10:29 PM
Seriously though, do even people in their '60s want to read erotica about people in their '60s?

Oh, absolutely. But nobody wants to read erotica with covers like that--total mood-killer.

That's also so creepy, that they drew the 60+ woman to look like a young hottie and the 60+ man to look like a lecherous Methuselah.

CrastersBabies
10-31-2011, 05:07 AM
Every time I see a "near realistic" romance cover with some guy's oily chest or an edgy girl in leathers holding a weapon I wonder how that will look in 20 years. I think people would be able to say, "yep, 2010's."

Shadow_Ferret
10-31-2011, 06:34 AM
I think perhaps you are a little to harsh with covers from another era...

The Andre Norton one is from the late sixties or early seventies . SF&F back then was just taking off and while some books had Frank Frazetta covers, most did not. There is also the fact that in the fifties and sixties, space was still pretty unknown, thus you got a lot of green men and flying saucers on covers. The readers from back then would not have been turned off as it was pretty common.


That's what my thoughts were. I still see nothing wrong with the cover. In fact, late 60s/early 70s was a time for psychedelic art, artists like Peter Max and such.

Oh, and here's a synopsis of the story (http://http://olmansfifty.blogspot.com/2005/04/15-breed-to-come-by-andre-norton.html).

bettielee
10-31-2011, 07:01 AM
I couldn't remember the Blazing Embers cover, so I googled, and got this gem from 1987:


"As Rook's strength and lusty manhood returned, Cassie was helpless against the power of her own awakened desire. When he hungrily took her in his arms, his warm lips trailing fire down her neck, her shoulders..."

ah, 80's hysterical romance....

bettielee
10-31-2011, 07:03 AM
Every time I see a "near realistic" romance cover with some guy's oily chest or an edgy girl in leathers holding a weapon I wonder how that will look in 20 years. I think people would be able to say, "yep, 2010's."

I meant to quote this in my post...

Atlantis
10-31-2011, 07:55 AM
I love Cooking with Pooh. I should get that for my nephews. Hehehe.

shaldna
10-31-2011, 01:40 PM
I'm going to avoid showing up on threads like this by insisting that all of my covers are slightly blurry home-photoshopped images with a handsome papyrus font. in red. natch.

:)

Phaeal
10-31-2011, 06:15 PM
I like the two women just standing there watching in a terribly disinterested fashion. Like any minute now they're going to decide that watching a nearly naked man sword fighting a squid is boring and go get a latte.

If it had been a SQUID, they'd have been all HOLY CRAP! PULL UP A CHAIR, SALLY!

Sadly, it's an octopus. Yawn. The only reason they're still there is that Aqua-Starbucks is closed.

Storm Surge
10-31-2011, 09:42 PM
That's what my thoughts were. I still see nothing wrong with the cover. In fact, late 60s/early 70s was a time for psychedelic art, artists like Peter Max and such.

I have to agree with thothguard51 and Shadow Ferret.

My parents have an enormous collection of SF/F paperbacks from the 60s and 70s. This what I grew up reading so it seems perfectly normal to me. The Breed to Come cover is actually fairly normal compared to some that I've seen. I'm kind of curious why you picked that particular cover out of so many possible from that era.