A Plethora Of Penguins Part Two

In the first part of this article published last week (here), I talked about the number of unfinished collections of Penguin books I have sitting on my library shelves and how frustrating a situation this is for an obsessive like me. It’s true that I have several success stories which go some small way to redressing the balance but I just have too many gaps otherwise to feel like I’ve achieved any sort of overall cohesion in terms of my Penguin books.

It’s at times like this that I remember the true nature of what I set this blog up to be; a virtual art gallery of book covers which are displayed in a way they can’t be seen when stored on shelves. I’m trying my best to view this situation more about sharing the art and design of the books themselves with other like minded people rather than owning a complete collection which makes me feel a little better about my sorry predicament. It also cunningly leaves the somewhat trickier job of writing reviews to other, far better bloggers than myself and serves to make casual visitors more aware of the visual aspects of these wonderful old books.

Here then dear reader are another eight covers from titles which belong to a number of my unfinished Penguin collections for your enjoyment. Feel free to comment on any points raised in the article or just the covers themselves;

Drunkard’s Walk by Frederik Pohl
This version was published in 1966 by Penguin Books
The cover artist is Kenneth Randall

Pohl Drunkard's Walk

The Joyous Invasions by Theodore Sturgeon
This version was published in 1967 by Penguin Books
The cover artist is Alan Aldridge

Sturgeon The Joyous Invasions

The Robert Sheckley Omnibus by Robert Sheckley
This version was published in 1975 by Penguin Books
The cover artist is David Pelham

Sheckley The Robert Sheckley Omnibus

A Case Of Conscience by James Blish
This version was published in 1963 by Penguin Books
The cover artist is Max Ernst

Blish A Case Of Conscience

The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
This version was published in 1966 by Penguin Books
The cover artist is Lester Waldman

Bester The Demolished Man

Yet More Penguin Science Fiction edited by Brian Aldiss
This version was published in 1963 by Penguin Books
The cover artist is Matta

Anthology Yet More Penguin Science Fiction

Alternating Currents by Frederik Pohl
This version was published in 1966 by Penguin Books
The cover artist is Erich Hartmann

Pohl Alternating Currents

Into Deepest Space by Fred and Geoffrey Hoyle
This version was published in 1977 by Penguin Books
The cover artist is Peter Tybus

Hoyle Into Deepest Space

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4 thoughts on “A Plethora Of Penguins Part Two

  1. johncnash 10/12/2014 / 10:54 am

    Oooh, that Blish/Ernst combo is quite a special thing, isn’t it? And nice to see the Blue Meanies making an appearance on that wonderful Sturgeon cover!

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    • unsubscriber 10/12/2014 / 10:58 am

      Yes, The Blish / Ernst title is indeed special. The series that the Sturgeon cover came from (by Alan Aldridge) wasn’t universally liked however and Aldridge left Penguin shortly thereafter which is a shame as I really like his irreverent work.

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  2. lcmt 11/12/2014 / 10:24 pm

    The Demolished Man cover grabs my attention, and not just because of the inclusion of a death’s head figure. The artist’s choice of perspective is extraordinary and very effective.

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    • unsubscriber 11/12/2014 / 10:31 pm

      It’s a great cover isn’t it? The children’s masks are pretty creepy but like you said, the perspective makes the photograph excellent.

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