Double Take: book covers that look alike
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Periodically over the following years I have posted similar examples to that original topic heading that I discovered myself.
Now, I'd like to start a new thread dedicated to the wider matter of book covers that look alike.
Covers that don't count are those specifically designed as part of a series having been given the same graphic design elements.
Covers that are of interest here are:
Unrelated books which share the exact same stock image (as per the example above).
Book covers which are not exactly the same image, but which make you do a double take because one has clearly copied the other's cover either by design or perhaps by accident. As per the example shown here:
I'd like to believe that the illustrator got paid for both jobs, but since both books are by the 'Popular Library', it is far more likely that the artwork was purchased outright by the publishing house to use/re-use as they wish; otherwise why not simply commission the artist to do another book cover for them.
A tale of two murders a.k.a. Depart This Life (1959)
...and Witness at Large (1966)
I feel like I should add that I haven't read either of these--they were found through Goodreads and Good Show Sir.
It puzzled me to know if the image was totaly redrafted by Carl, copied by another artist (as was done with all the UK cloned covers of Astounding), or if (as I suspect) he just altered the original picture.
After speaking with Carl, over email today, it turns out it was indeed altered, but not in the way you would have expected.
I've included Carl's reply:
-- Dear Sylak,
Thank you for your interest in the artwork.
It's funny that you should bring up the costume changes on my "Swordswoman" painting!
The original cover was a "portrait" of a Penthouse Magazine model named Corrine Alpin who posed in the nude for me.
We couldn't use her nude on the cover, so I painted over her "naughty bits" with lightning bolts (seen in the background of the painting).
I thought this worked great but the art director still thought she was too bare ("in his mind") so we ended up with the Karate jacket on the first edition.
Prints were made and sold of my more generic images so I painted out the stupid coat and replaced it with the chain mail,
which I liked better and that's how it was sold to my European Art Agent Thomas Schluck.
Eventually I painted her nude once more for myself and sold it instantly.
Oil paint is very forgiving and easily painted over.
Hope this helps you with your confusion.
I have a book of my work for sale and the complete story is told in that.
And I paint copies of my originals for $900USD.