It’s been a while since we saw a new batch of cartoonist-inspired covers for Penguin Graphic Classics editions, all designed by Paul Buckley.


But here you go. Mike Mignola on Joseph Conrad’s great Heart of Darkness (which was adapted as APOCALYPSE NOW, for those who came in late).

Also, Ross MacDonald on The Greek Myths. And Stuart Kolakovic on The Death of King Arthur. WANT.

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  1. HEY!

    I posted about “James and the Giant Peach” (which has comics on the cover!) and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”!

    And there are even more planned:

    Travels With Charley! (A true story) Who will draw the cover? Who SHOULD draw the cover?

    Subset: Penguin Threads! Embroidered covers by Jill Tamaki!

    Rachell Sumpter embroiders The Wizard of Oz! The Wind in the Willows! Little Women! Available in April.

    Last year, there’s “Three Novels of New York” and “Titanic, First Accounts”. “Kama Sutra” designed by Malika Favre.

    “Sense and Sensibility” designed by Audrey Niffenegger (!)

    “The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories” by Travis Louie.

    Penguin also sells posters of “Moby Dick” and “White Noise” on their website. $7.95 each

  2. I would hope for something better than just literally representing the title, especially when that means it looks you’ve chosen to make the starving Africans the “Darkness.”I think Mike Mignola did a lot better work when someone else told him what to draw. It is, at least, a far cry better than the Call of Cthulhu cover.

  3. Peter, I’m not especially fond of that cover either, but I’m fairly certain that the figure depicted is actually Kurtz and not a starving African. Kurtz is described as being grotesquely and skeletally thin.

  4. I guess I’d forgotten that detail. I blame Brando.

    That does make me feel a little bit better, now it’s just disappointing visual pun, and not both disappointing and potentially offensive.

    The whole graphic classics series has mostly been a series of misses, which is surprising considering how generally good Penguin is with cover design.

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