Dec 6 2010 10:54am

Cover reveal for Carrie Vaughn’s After the Golden Age

After the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn

Another shameless show-off post? Why, yes. Because I love what Tor Books designer, Peter Lutjen, did with this. Carrie Vaughn’s upcoming novel, After the Golden Age, is about an ordinary woman estranged from her super hero parents.

It’s not easy being a superhero’s daughter. The only daughter of Captain Olympus and Spark, the world’s greatest champions, Celia West has no powers of her own, and the most exciting thing she’s ever done is win a silver metal in a high school swim meet. Meanwhile, she’s the favorite hostage of every crime boss and super-villain in Commerce City. She doesn’t have a codename, but if she did, it would probably be Bait Girl, the Captive Wonder.

Celia has worked hard to create a life for herself beyond the shadow of their capes. But when her parents’ arch-enemy, the Destructor, faces justice in the “Trial of the Century,” Celia finds herself sucked back into the more-than-mortal world of Captain Olympus–and forced to confront a secret that she hoped would stay buried forever . . . .

The book is as much a heartfelt family drama as it is a loving tribute to golden age comics. The trick would be playing up the fun comic book elements without reducing the novel to a one-liner. Peter is a great designer when you need something with a warm humor about it.

In this case, I loved all the options but the top row were my favorites. They embraced comic inconography but—cropped and combined with the title—imply a sense of “What’s next, what comes after?” Liking those three equally, I showed all of them to our sales department. I felt sure we had a winner amongst them but I was surprised, and delighted, that they liked the tilted type.

After the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn

After the Golden Age will be out April 2011.

Irene Gallo is the art director of Tor Books and creative director of

Madeline Ferwerda
1. MadelineF
I like the chosen art best, also! It has a neat "Skiing on Pluto" 50s aesthetic; I'm not sure if that fits with the book, not having read it, but it would entice me to pick it up.
2. jimmyolsen
When it comes to cover art, I seldom agree with everyone else. But in this case, ya'll picked the hands-down winner.

Love it--and it's a cover that would catch my eye and make me pull this book from the shelf, even if I wasn't familiar with the author--who rocks, by the way.

Nicely done.

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