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Book Cover Smackdown! ‘That Hellbound Train’ vs. ’20 Years Later’ vs. ‘Double Dead’

It’s time once again for another Book Cover Smackdown!

Here are today’s contenders…

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Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us which cover you like best and why.

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NOTE: Bigger, better cover art images are available by clicking the images or title links.

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7 Comments on Book Cover Smackdown! ‘That Hellbound Train’ vs. ’20 Years Later’ vs. ‘Double Dead’

  1. I have to go with THAT HELLBOUND train because of the power of the image itself, but 20 YEARS LATER is a really nice use of typography as design.  DOUBLE DEAD doesn’t look like my kind of book.

    So if this is about the covers, where are the artists’ names? 

    carmen

     

  2. I usually do print the artists’ names, but in this case, I don’t know who they are. Please enlighten me!

  3. Double Dead looks like the cover for a graphic novel.  Is it one?  If so the cover is perfect.  But since its probably not…

    That Hellbound Train is pretty interesting and unique.  I give them credit for going with that art.  Bold choice.

    But for me, 20 Years Later is the best cover.  I just think it really stands out.  It’s pretty basic, but I think it works.  I’d pick it up and flip the book over for more info.

  4. Double Dead has a very atractive illustration, good constrast, but a poor typography choice.

    The same for 20 Years Later, awesome colors, awesome texture, not a very good typography.

    So I’m going to vote for That Hellbound Train. Great illustration, followed by a neat composition and a typography that fits perfectly.

  5. “20 Years Later” – it has a decaying and ominous feel to it

  6. Hmm. I used “Look inside” on Amazon and THE HELLBOUND TRAIN lists something that looks like MENTON 3, which appears, from a Google search to be Menton Matthews III.  However, Google also reveals that’s vol. 1 of a 3-volume graphic novel, each with a different cover, but I think the other versions had different artists.  20 YEARS LATER credits Soro Design for the cover, rather than a person. DOUBLE DEAD isn’t out yet and has no sample or Look inside feature; I had to Google to find that the artists is Pye Parr.

  7. Thanks, Carmen. Post updated. Much appreciated.

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