An occasional series of book covers whose outlandish design evokes bafflement and confusion in equal measure.
The War Book edited by James Sallis
1971 – Panther
Cover art by Peter Tybus
So, what do have here to illustrate Panther’s 1971 anthology The Book Of War? Four figures – one of which is a skeleton – sit astride giant blue eyeballs which are shooting jagged beams of death and destruction from their retinas. The skeleton brandishes a big machine gun (perhaps a bit too big) whereas the furthest figure is using a bomb instead of an arrow in his bow. The central two beings have J and F emblazoned on their chests marking them out as perhaps Justice and Freedom. Freedom has a sword which also has laser flashes emanating from it’s tip whilst Justice rather feebly swings a set of scales which are great for measuring weights etc. but known to be very poor in long range combat situations.