I went through a huge Michael Crichton phase as a teenager where I read pretty much every word he put to paper. Airframe made me terrified of flying,Sphere made me want to take up scuba diving / alien hunting, and Jurassic Park climbed into my heart and found a little home there forever.
And also it has a million beautiful, campy covers. You’ll probably recognize this iconic first-run edition:
Obviously the dinosaur theme is a popular one for this novel’s covers, and we see it pop up a bunch of times – interestingly, always a skeleton and never a live dinosaur.
Don’t worry. There are plenty of campy foreign editions to pick up the slack.
And, as ever, some wonderful work from graphic designers reimagining the cover for kicks:
From left to right: covers from Trevor Dunt, James Oconnell, and Steffan Allsup. Dunt’s is my favourite; I have a huge soft spot for vintage-style design and monochrome covers. Beauty. Oconnell’s is secretly a movie poster redesign, but it’s too cool not to include.
Which cover is your favourite? I’d love to see your comments. 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.