The Call of the Wild cover designs
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And when I went looking at covers, there are some really cool others that I plan to gather here.
I love the unusual colors and the fade. It certainly adds to the composition.
This is one I have at home:
It's a nice cover, although it can't represent Buck.
The artist appears to be Phillip R. Goodwin, no touchstone.
When artists portray Buck as a husky or wolf, it shows they're not representing him for what he was: half Saint Bernard and half Scotch Shepherd (collie).
And here's the book:
Addendum: guess I'm not getting a copy of it, yet:
found and padded his author page a tiny bit:
Philip R. Goodwin
Very nice! Some of the best illustrators, eh?
I think he got the breed correct, eh?
I read it as a child, about 6 years old, in an abridged edition, which I wish I still had even though I now despise anything abridged.
The illustrator accurately depicted Buck on that cover, wouldn't you say?
I have a copy of this edition, from (shhh) 1968.
>1 2wonderY: what have you done to me???? ;)
No date on this one, but since it is a Pocket Book, priced at 25 cents, it probably is in the TBSL range:
I have noted that many, MANY covers display either a husky, or a German Shepherd dog! Not right, wrong, error!
Here's one from 1914 that has taken into account Buck's parentage, but with more of his mother's looks (Scotch Shepherd/collie) than his fathers (St. Bernard):
The artist is not mentioned, but maybe if one of you has better eyes than I do, you could figure out what the initials are in the bottom of these illustrations:
There was another illustration, but it was rather unpleasant, of a sled dog that had been shot dead. I decided to not share it.
Interesting, when I typed S.R. into the LT search, and chose "authors" the only book to come up was Call of the Wild owned by two members.
But for the stray brown on his muzzle and above his eyes, and for the splash of white hair that ran midmost down his chest, he might well have been mistaken for a gigantic wolf, larger than the largest of the breed. From his St. Bernard father he had inherited size and weight, but it was his shepherd mother who had given shape to that size and weight. His muzzle was the long wolf muzzle, save that it was larger than the muzzle of any wolf; and his head, somewhat broader, was the wolf head on a massive scale.