Off The Shelf; A Load Of Ballards

I’ve been a huge fan of Mr J. G. Ballard ever since finding a copy of The Atrocity Exhibition on the shelves of the school library whilst in sixth form. I was drawn to the provocative title having never heard of Ballard and upon reading the book immediately thought “what the hell was that?” It’s fair to say it had quite an impact on my choice of reading material at the time and the book still thrills today as it did then. I’ve gone on to collect pretty much everything he’s written and enjoyed most of it immensely so I thought I’d pick out a few covers for this series.

The majority of the following titles were published by Panther (or a later derivative), one by Berkley Medallion (with fetching Richard Powers artwork) and the final three volumes are by Penguin. I have also written about a four book Ballard box set, each book with stunning artwork by David Pelham and dressed in a beautiful wraparound box painting in another article (here) so I won’t repeat any of those covers in this piece.

So, please enjoy checking out my Ballards and let me know what you think via the comments;

The Atrocity Exhibition
This version was published in 1979 by Triad Panther
The cover artist is uncredited

Ballard Atrocity Exhibition

The Day Of Forever
This version was published in 1971 by Panther
The cover artist is uncredited

Ballard Day Of Forever

The Disaster Area
This version was published in 1973 by Panther
The cover artist is uncredited

Ballard Disaster Area

Crash by J. G. Ballard
This version was published in 1977 by Panther
The cover art is by Chris Foss

What’s this – no giant airbrushed spaceship? This is possibly my favourite Chris Foss cover painting ever. As the title says, simultaneously brutal and erotic.

Ballard Crash

The Crystal World
This version was published in 1970 by Panther
The cover art is by Richard Whittern

Ballard Crystal World

Low-Flying Aircraft
This version was published in 1985 by Triad Panther
The cover artist is uncredited

For some reason this fine collection seems to be very difficult to pick up at reasonable prices.

Ballard Low-Flying Aircraft

Concrete Island
This version was published in 1976 by Panther
The cover art is by Richard Clifton-Dey

Ballard Concrete Island

Voices Of Time by J. G. Ballard
This version was published in 1962 by Berkley Medallion
The cover art is by Richard Powers

Ballard The Voices Of Time

I know, the next two books are exactly the same except for their covers but sometimes it’s hard to make a choice between one or the other and so you end up intentionally owning a pair. I don’t have lots of pairs by the way… well, not that many.

The Four Dimensional Nightmare
This version was published in 1977 by Penguin
The cover art is by David Pelham

Ballard Four Dimensional Nightmare

The Four-Dimensional Nightmare by J. G. Ballard
This version was published in 1965 by Penguin Books
The cover art is by Giorgio Gordoni

Ballard The Four-Dimensional Nightmare

The Wind From Nowhere
This version was published in 1967 by Penguin
Cover art by Alan Aldridge

This title is a part of the aforementioned box set but is presented here in an earlier print version with a completely different jacket design. I couldn’t resist including this because of Aldridge’s bonkers cover art!

Ballard Wind From Nowhere

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2 thoughts on “Off The Shelf; A Load Of Ballards

  1. Bernie 18/09/2014 / 11:44 am

    Yet another mouth watering selection! I’ve never got on that well with Ballard as a writer, though I found his biographical books fascinating, but he certainly inspires some great artwork. Your copy of The Atrocity Exhibition has a look of Bruce Pennington about it, what do you think?

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  2. unsubscriber 18/09/2014 / 9:38 pm

    Thanks for your kind words Bernie, it’s always appreciated after putting a collection together. Ballard certainly isn’t for everyone but I do love his work. The covers are great aren’t they? I never realised he had Richard Powers artwork gracing one of his earlier books. Your Bruce Pennington comment has my mind working overtime now, I think I know what I’ll be doing tomorrow. Take care xx

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