I had originally planned on posting more pictures from the Doubleday Crime Club Compendium for my post last Friday, but my scanner is incredibly ancient (over 10 years old) and operates so slowly for graphic intensive pages that I lost patience with the process and stopped at only three scans. This morning I was prepared for the long waits and I stuck it out. Enjoy this book collector's version of eye candy!
Why, I often wonder, are the DJs of today's books so bland and uninspiring? Mostly, the illustrations look like picture postcard landscapes or are the product of digital monkeying by some "graphic artist" who used someone else's photographs and melded them together to create a "new" photo for the book's dust jacket. This has nothing to do with art as far as I'm concerned. I would think that photo manipulations would be more expensive and time consuming what with tracking down all the licensing and permissions to use the photographs. I am hopelessly old-fashioned where this is concerned.
It's mostly the paperback publishers who employ real artists for the cover art these days. What happened to the hardcover book and DJ art? I long for a return to the days when books, from the outside to the inside, were cleverly and handsomely designed. Typography alone just doesn't do it for me, gang.
There are several blogs devoted to vintage paperback cover illustrations, but few that celebrate hardcover DJ illustration. Here's my single day's work to make up for that lack of attention to a truly lost art.