A Century of War of the Worlds October 31, 2012 – Tags: , ,

This is sort of a vertical sampling (somewhat out of order) of cover designs for H.G.Wells War of the Worlds, from Dr. Zeus. This site features book and magazine covers from dozens of countries with an incredibly well cross-referenced database. You can find covers of tripods, flying saucers, humans running at you, humans grabbed by tentacles, or just plain odd covers of this book which was first published in 1898. Dr. Zeus even has a graph of design element trends for WotWs‘ covers over the last century. While you browse, listen to the original Orson Welles radio broadcast which first aired on October 30th 1938. 
     Cover above is from a 1927, Amazing Stories magazine, Vol. 2, No. 5, by popular sci-fi illustrator Frank R. Paul.
1913, World’s Work Sixpennies No. 2, by Caney
1938 Dell Publishing

1952 French, designer unknown
1953 Pocket Books, designer unknown 

1954 Mimosa, designer unknown

1954 Club du Livre du Mois, designer unknown

1960, Looking Glass Library, Edward Gorey

1975 French, Folio, Folon

1976 Marvel Comics, Gil Kane and Dave Cockrum

1957 Editorial TOR, Buenos Aires, designer unknown
1934 Oifig Diolta Foilseachain Rialtais, designer unknown

1941 Danish, Politikens Forlag, Stjerne-Haefte, designer unknown

1953 Italian, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Milano by Bernardo Leporini 

1946 Dutch, De Toorts, designer unknown

1939 Dutch, Scheltens & Giltay, designer unknown
1938 Danish, Den Store Danske, designer unknown
1945 Russian, State Publishing House of the RSFSR People’s Commissariat of Children’s Literature, by Alvim Corréa

1939 French, Calmann-Levy, Editions Balzac, designer unknown

1958 Polish, Iskry
2005 Estonian, Varrak, Designer: Heino Prunsvelt, Illustrator: Frank R. Paul
2011 edition of two from my former design student, Courtney Comfort. You can learn more information about the student book design project at Letterology.   

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