Tuesday, October 30, 2018

An Unstoppable Invasion?

The War of the Worlds, Airmont Classics Series, 1964.

As I mentioned earlier in The Rap Sheet, today brings the 80th anniversary of Orson Welles’ notorious radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds, based on H.G. Wells’ 1898 science-fiction novel of the same name. To supplement that post, I am embedding here a selection of covers from various editions of Wells’ yarn. Where I have a publication date or artist’s name, I’ve included it.

From Pocket Books, 1953.

From Pan Books, 1970; art by George Underwood.

From Whitman Publishing, 1964; art by Shannon Stirnweis.

From Berkley Highland Books, 1969.

Classics Illustrated, 1955; art by Lou Cameron.

The War of the Worlds comes to the United States: The Cosmopolitan, April 1897.

READ MORE:Horrifying 1906 Illustrations of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds: Discover the Art of Henrique Alvim CorrĂȘa” (Open Culture); “The War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells,” by Andrew Cartmel (Narrative Drive).

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