Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a new weekly meme hosted by Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.
This week our theme is Armed to the Teeth. Or to put it another way, covers which features weapons. Lots of weapons. Or just one truly awesome weapon like the one pictured in the two covers below.
English (1986) Spanish (2010)
The old school cover from the left is by Robert Gould, who created many dazzling Elric covers for Michael Moorcock’s classic sword and sorcery tale.
On the left is the Spanish cover from 2010, which also gives us a similar type image of Elric and his accursed sword. The artist for this cover has (so far) escaped all my Google searches to uncover his/her identity.
AND MY CHOICE FOR WINNER THIS WEEK IS . . .
A classic cover if there ever was one. Everything about this version of Stormbringer mesmerizes me, demanding that I buy this book immediately to discover the significance of the badass sword, the horn, and the pale-haired person at the top. But then again, I’m probably biased for these series of Elric covers, because they really convinced me to get into the series decades ago.
WHICH COVER IS YOUR FAVORITE?