Cover to Cover with Dune

Arrakis. Spice. Sandworms.

Frank Herbert’s Dune is one of the great science fiction classics – the tale of a desert planet and an ancient power struggle. A novel filled with giant monsters, drugs, and religion makes for some cool covers.

The first set is pretty classy:

50th anniversary edition   Leatherbound edition   Paperback second edition

I especially love the 50th anniversary edition on the far left; the outline of a sandworm is a nod to anyone already acquainted with the novel without filling the cover with a single, all-consuming image.

This second set is pretty campy, because one does not simply look at science fiction covers without finding some seriously dated art:

Hardcover edition   paperback II   Hardcover edition II

Looking for something even campier? I present the foreign editions: left to right, the Bulgarian edition, French edition, and Portuguese edition. Disembodied faces? Yes please. A random cube with hands in it? Sure thing.

Bulgarian edition   French edition   Portuguese edition

I had a harder time finding redesigns of this book than I thought I would – but I did stumble across one that I am extremely fond of in the portfolio of illustrator J. W. Paterson.

J. W. Paterson redesign

Which cover is your favourite? Feel free to link to any great cover art that I’ve missed!

Cover to Cover is a weekly project comparing and critiquing the various covers of popular novels, published every Wednesday. Find more posts in this series here.


4 thoughts on “Cover to Cover with Dune

      • Hard? Hehe. Do you use The Internet Speculative Fiction Database? It provides the entire publication history of ever SF novel with art (for most editions) and all the artist info. I have close to 100 cover art posts and I tend to use that resource religiously as I like to give artists/years etc.


        • Oh, I meant in terms of what to include! It was difficult to narrow down, since I aim for somewhere between nine and twelve covers a post. With newer books it’s not too hard to choose, because there aren’t too many covers. But with a novel with history as long and storied as Dune, picking the covers to include suddenly becomes a momentous task.

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