AbeBooks’ exhibit of Penguin book covers begins with this line of praise: “One of the many reasons Penguin has been so successful over the years involves its history of creating fantastic book covers.”
I had to laugh – most Penguin covers look to me like high school art projects made with ten cents worth of clipart.
Not that I’m condemning the publisher. I always considered that one source of the savings being passed along to me when I purchased these inexpensive editions.
Besides, if I put any Penguin cover next to an old Gollancz edition – well, it does looks pretty good.
[Thanks to Michael J. Walsh for the story.]