Thu
Apr 16 2009 6:46pm

M. S. Corley strikes again

M. S. Corley, His Dark Materials

M. S. Corley (the man to blame for the most awesome Harry Potter and Lemony Snicket covers) has taken on Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy with his faux Penguin design.

9 comments
Christine Evelyn Squires
1. ces
Let me be diplomatic & simply state that I like none of them - these, the HP covers, & the LS covers.
Richard Fife
2. R.Fife
and allow me to be the dissenting view to @1 and say that these old retro-covers are nifty. Question to our beloved art director, do you ever look for covers like this for books today, or are you typically going for something more, well, defined/elaborate/etc?

Still waiting for the "Day in the life of Irene" post ;)
Irene Gallo
3. Irene
Fife - rarely, but on occasion we can do something really fun like this. I certainly look for opportunities to, but the content of the book has to warrant it.

It's a different throw-back, but we have had two exuses to do old woodblock printing for a bok covers. Both were done by Ross Macdonald. You an see one here: liberation

Day in the life...well, the manchess/canticle post was a bit of that. I'll do more as I can. canticle
Grey_Area
4. Grey_Area
Ms. Gallo, you will be using Corley's work in the future, right? I adore this paper-cut/Saul Bass look. Please make it happen.
Richard Fife
5. R.Fife
@3 Doh, forgot about the canticle post, and did indeed read that one, was nifty. More like that would be cool, was really interesting.
Agnes Kormendi
6. tapsi
I really love these covers!

The Canticles article was wonderful, and I can only second R.Fife in saying more like that would be cool.
Jo Walton
7. bluejo
Why do I never get covers like that?

They look just like real books!
Grey_Area
8. euphrosyne
Frankly these covers would prevent me from ever picking up and cracking the book while browsing the bookstore.

Living through the 70's aesthetic once was more than enough. Everything old doesn't have to be new again...
Patrick Garson
9. patrickg
@BlueJo - I thought your Farthing etc. covers were in the ball park of a nice retro style.

It's been fascinating reading your Vorkosigan posts - now there are some truly dreadful covers.

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