Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme at Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe. You can find a list of upcoming topics at Lynn's Books.
This week's topic is:
There were a lot of great options to choose from for this week's theme, but I've opted to settle for a favorite classic (that I desperately need to re-read!), The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells! Maybe not the most unique choice, but I do always enjoy this story. This book was first published in 1896, so definitely pre-1975! There are so many editions of this book in English alone, so I tried to focus more on international and non-English variants because I think it's just a bit more fun to see what other countries have done with the cover.
2005 US Paperback | 2016 Turkish | 2000 Arabic
2012 US Paperback | 2012 Portuguese | 1988 Polish
2001 Turkish | 2003 Italian | 2009 Russian
1989 Portuguese | 2020 Polish | 1986 Finnish
1979 Bengali | 1980 Dutch | 1979 Spanish
There's something about the art of the 2005 US paperback that really grabs me, and I love the simple horror element of the 2012 Portuguese edition with just a great big set of teeth (although I feel like they shouldn't look so nice and clean, haha!). That 2009 Russian edition also feels pretty wild! These are all really fun and creative covers, it was hard not to include more.
What cover(s) do you like the most?