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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Many, Many Curious Cases of Benjamin Button

Because it was published before January 1, 1923, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is in the public domain. And because of the film, a slew of new editions has been released in the last few months. Here's a mix of US and UK covers, most of them pretty horrible.


13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ugh. Is that Hobo?? The Penguin covers, not surprisingly, are the best. The bottom left cover would be improved if one of the halves were a young boy's face.

Tropolist said...

The penguin edition (with the silhouette of the carriage) is my favourite, and even so the composition is terrible. The bottom right one is just atrocious.

Nick said...

For me the penguin classic is the best.
I usually like the penguin modern classic to.

I love the fact that the Quill Pen classics looks just a little like a penguin book.

Christian in NYC said...

Thanks for posting all of these, as painful as they are.

Wow. [gripping skull in semi-disbelief] This is like seriously bad student work.

Come ON, Penguin. Really?

nate s. said...

Maybe I missed something, but I think the Penguin covers are both nice, especially the first. But some of the others.....

Seth Christenfeld said...

The cover of the first one is pretty ugly, but the art inside is lovely.

SnowflakeSeven said...

You forgot the graphic novel which imho is the best. The illustrator offers up some behind-the-scene details on his website. Check out The Curious Job of Kevin Cornell and Benjamin Button Art.

Ian Brian Shimkoviak said...

penguins are the only ones that do a thing for me. The graphic novel looks like a lovely read. I loved the movie. Tad long I guess for and adaptation of a short story.

Anonymous said...

Well the short story is really not adapted. Fincher threw a lot of junk in and chnaged it from a comic fantasy to an Oscar-baiting tearjerker.

Information and Reviews said...

Despite the unusual book covers at least the movie has done the book some justice in addition to winning a number of awards.

Marcos said...

The baby carriage book cover is the only good one, the others I can do without.

Anonymous said...

they suck jeff keddy could do it better.

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