It’s time for another book art review… the first of 2022
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Most of these were taken from a trip to Waterstones: shoutout to the Hastings Mall crew.
Book Art: Transformers
Book Art: Vintage
More tie-ins, this time from the eighties. I also have the Young Sherlock Holmes novelisation that no-one read. It’s probably my favourite film. I’ve never read it either.
Here’s some more manga cover art… Battle Royale is a great manga series, and everyone knows it’s a film, but did you know it originated as a proper novel? It was in Japanese. Because, you know. Japanese.
This cover has some nice colour, but it really looks like they weren’t trying that hard after 13 previous volumes… especially when you consider how busy manga art tends to be inside.
I’ll give them a sincere “B-” on this one, must try harder.
Books: Not Books
It turns out Waterstones also sells games, in fact they are the first thing you see when you come in. You can even get some D&D, which is cool. I knew that this is what I was supposed to be into when I was a kid, but it wasn’t mainstream then. If you were a nerd you were still looked at like you smelled a bit funny and you probably wet yourself and slept with the light on.
Book Art: Good
Book Art: The Bad
Book Art: The Ugly
While it probably looks fine if you view it through the 3D goggles it comes with, this Vintage Books edition is a bit painful on the old mince pies without them.
That’s cockney slang for eyes!
HP Lovecraft covers have a tendency to be crap, but there’s no reason why they have to be. The Cthulhu mythos D&D game books from the 1980s have some particularly awesome artwork, but good luck finding one.
Frankie Zen is an author and jackass. He resides in Sussex.
Join us next month for another book art review.