While looking at covers for The First Men in the Moon, a science fiction story by H.G. Wells which I reviewed this week as part of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen challenge (did you join?), I was quite disappointed at what I found. Most of the covers depicted the same scene and many were unimaginative and boring. While I didn’t think the story was great, I do appreciate its innovation, imagination and the way it influenced many other authors.
Also, I’m known for my love of pulp covers and from some reason I couldn’t find any for this book. It could be mainly because there are no women in the story and pulp art, after all, is known for buxom babes.
Check out the covers below, let me know which ones you like best. To be honest, none of them strikes my fancy. If I had to pick one it would be either the lithograph or the original covers (first and second below).
I like the first cover best, I think. And the Dell with the orange capsule at least has some colorful interest. But you’re right, none of them are really jumping out at me.
That is a very interesting one.
A very interesting series of posts, thanks for sharing, Zohar.
You’ve managed to get me blogging on the subject! I found a selection of old mass market scifi books in my collection whilst packing up my library ready to move and wanted to share a few of the more interesting covers.
Wonderful post Mike.
I like the first cover and strangely the eighth one down, or third from the bottom. I like the great big moon and the bold colors.