Weekly Geeks Number 5 – Judging a Book by its Cover

Ah yes. Judging a book by its cover. Oh the irony. You know, a lot of people look at me and judge me by my cover. They see a twisted, horrible monster who might eat children or probably scurries around in his cave when the sun is out instead of doing something wholesome like riding his bike. And in that they’d be half right. If children weren’t so sour I might eat them. But enough about me. This week’s “Weekly Geek” assignment has made me realize that it’s NOT all about me (gasp.) It’s all about the internet and how fun it can be! Here’s the assignment:

This week it’s all about judging books by their covers! Pick a book –any book, really– and search out multiple book cover images for that book. They could span a decade or two (or more)…Or they could span several countries. Which cover is your favorite? Which one is your least favorite? Which one best ‘captures’ what the book is about?

One of my most favorite book covers is the first paperback cover ever done for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. We’ll get to that in a minute. But first I want to share about the internet. Check this out. There is a whole blog dedicated to all things Frankenstein. Wow! Here is a cover I found at this blog of a book that I actually owned once. Ah the memories.

Norman Bridwell's 1970 How to Care for Your Monster

Norman Bridwell's 1970 How to Care for Your Monster

There are so many cool Frankenstein covers and here’s what they tell me.

Contrary to common opinion Frankenstein’s monster was really sort of more like the Incredible Hulk.

2008 Graphic Novel

2008 Graphic Novel

Frankenstein’s monster liked to hang around at home in the nude.

2003 Penuin Classics

2003 Penuin Classics

Frankenstein’s monster was into the ladies.

1973 Arrow Books

1973 Arrow Books

Frankenstein’s monster liked redheads especially.

1932 Photoplay Edition

1932 Photoplay Edition

Frankenstein’s monster really really liked redheads but maybe didn’t know what to do with them exactly.

1953 Lion Books

1953 Lion Books

This last cover, of course, is my personal favorite and the one that started it all, but I have one last thing to share: The Bride of Frankenstein action figure! Right on!

Wow wow wow

Wow wow wow

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