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Illustrations and/or photographs on the outside of album covers, movie boxed sets and other printed media.

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Who are these characters on the Russian cover of A Wizard of Earthsea?

On the Internet, I accidentally came across this cover of the e-book A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin in Russian. Is it possible to identify which characters are depicted on this cover art? ...
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Science Fiction Magazine Cover Art: Danse Macabre/Skeleton and Maiden (perhaps Aboriginal?)

Hopefully cover art questions are in-order. My recall is of art accompanying an SF magazine, perhaps Aboriginal, of a 'maiden', perhaps with flower wreath, embraced by / intertwined with a skeleton. I ...
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Book about an orphan girl with orange curly hair

The book cover is dark green with gold details of leafy vines, within the vines are small drawings of things that were in the book like a crow, teddy bear and knife from what I remember I think in the ...
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Sci-fi book with a galaxy like Andromeda in a planet's sky on the cover

I remember reading this when I was at school (I pretty much lived in the library and the sci-fi section was my idea of heaven <3) which would have been 1985-ish through to 2000-ish? But literally ...
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Why would "'Barbie and Skipper Go to War' in front of an organic beachball with a Bic" sort of work as a cover for "Sabre and Shadow"?

This comment by a user identifying as Shirley Meier about the cover of Saber and Shadow by S. M. Stirling and Shirley Meier: Shirley Meier here. Thanks for reading the books! Sabre and Shadow is the ...
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Who are the characters on the cover of the Boys vol4, We gotta go now?

The below image is the cover of the Boys Volume 4, We gotta go now. Who are all the individual characters on the front cover.
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Who is depicted in the front cover of Beyonders: A World Without Heroes?

I think I have read Beyonders: A World Without Heroes a couple of times, at a high level of details, but I have troubles figuring out who is depicted in the front cover of this book: Couldn't be The ...
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Is this iconic Wrinkle cover art still uncredited?

This 1976 cover art from A Wrinkle in Time is uncredited. I'm shocked, and I was ignorant of this trivia mystery until it was brought up recently in a thorough research endeavor by S. Elizabeth on ...
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Who is this robot from the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction?

While attempting to Google antennaed aliens for this question, I came across the image of a robot from several different covers of the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Source: ISFDB July ...
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Does Mary Stone have a beard?

I've not gotten a hold of Rune Service: Dwarf for Hire yet, but I have noticed the two covers have a conflicting depiction for Mary Stone, the main character. . Obviously the production value between ...
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Vintage book cover showing humanoid astronauts in upper body EVA suits but a "pod" or "monopant" lower half?

In comments under the Space SE question Why do EVA suits have legs? the OP clarifies that for a humanoid astronaut performing extravehicular activities their suit may not need individual legs but ...
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Is the cover art on this faux paperback graphic "The Omicron Variant" on Seth Meyers' "A Closer Look" borrowed from a real SciFi novel's cover?

In the late night comedy talk show host Seth Meyers' recent video Trump's Secret Positive COVID Test; GOP's Omicron Conspiracy Theories: A Closer Look (cued at 09:17) there's a graphic of a faux old, ...
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Who are the characters on this book cover for Return of the King (French edition)?

Who are the two characters depicted on this illustration for the RotK ? I guess one is Sauron (presumably the one on the right), but the other ? He might be an Orc, but I find it strange that he's not ...
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Who are all the characters from the UK book covers of The Witcher series?

I recently acquired these paperback books from The Witcher series, and they are decorated with characters on the facing cover page, and I really enjoy them and wish to know who all these characters ...
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How many different versions of cover art has Frank Herbert's Dune had since 1965?

Frank Herbert's Dune has had more than several printings. How many different versions of cover art have been used in total, to date? Is there a source where they are all shown together? If it is ...
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Vaguely Remembered Creepy Book Cover of YA Sci-Fi/Horror Story circa 2000

I suddenly remembered the creepy cover of a book I saw in a children's/young adult bookstore as a kid around the year 2000. It looked too scary so I didn't buy it. Here is all I remember: The cover ...
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Who is in the middle of the Marvel's Avengers Vol. 3 #38 cover?

The Wikipedia page for Marvel's Avengers comics uses the following cover for the main illustration: This comes from Avengers Vol. 3, Issue 38, which according to the Marvel Fandom Database entry has ...
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Was the painting “In the Ring of Saturn” by artist Andrei Sokolov used as a book cover?

The BBC News exposé 'Our Saturn years'; Cassini's epic journey to the ringed planet, told by the people who helped make it happen includes the text: “The Voyagers gave us a really wonderful ...
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Is this Eshonai or Dalinar on the cover of The Way of Kings?

Michael Whelan’s very nice cover for The Way of Kings depicts two characters in the Shattered Plains. One in the right foreground is wearing Shardplate with alight red cloak with a somewhat crab-like ...
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Who were the recurring characters depicted on the Thieves' World covers?

The Thieves' World shared-world anthologies had a memorable series of book covers. Three recurring characters appeared on these covers (for example, see the covers from the first six books below). I ...
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Which ship classes are depicted in the cover art for the Imperial Radch books?

Which classes of ship are which in the art on the covers of the three books in the Imperial Radch series?
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Is anything known about science fiction illustrator Martin Key?

Martin Key is listed as the illustrator in the debut issue of If magazine, March 1952. The cover illustration is this: Wikipedia has nothing. Amazon has nothing (not surprising, maybe 1 in 20 of the ...
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What, if anything, is this cover of Space Lords depicting?

I was searching online for Cordwainer Smith resources to help answer another question, and I came across an image of a book cover that I did not recognize. This is quite different from the (original) ...
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What is the origin of the visually complex space ship motif in cover art?

I've noticed that a fair number of space-related sci-fi novels have cover art involving visually complex space ships that are unrelated to the plot. Some examples I've noticed: Leviathan Wakes, ...
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Book with Goya cover

I remember seeing a book cover, possibly on a John Brunner book. The cover featured “The Colossus’ a painting by Goya. I didn’t see the actual book, but saw it as an entry in an encyclopaedia of SF - ...
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Does anyone recognize this art, it seems familiar.. 1980's maybe? [closed]

I have this original art and am trying to find who the creator is.. It seems familiar.. Has a 1980's feel.
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What is the red animal depicted on this cover of "The Opal Deception"?

My copy of The Opal Deception has this cover: I can see that the male in the suit and tie is Artemis, and the person next to him is presumably Holly, and the person on the screen is naturally Opal. ...
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Fantasy novel with cover image of a dragon rider wearing a gas mask

I first got my hands on the book about 12-15 years ago at a local library and haven't had luck finding it since. Sadly I don't know the name of the book or the author and all I have to go off of is ...
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Who are these people on the cover of Knife of Dreams?

I recently read the 11th book of the Wheel of Time series, Knife of Dreams. As is often the case, I'm curious who the people on the cover are, and what's going on. Here's the artwork used for the ...
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Who are these people on the cover of Crossroads of Twilight?

I'm currently reading Crossroads of Twilight, book ten of the Wheel of Time. Despite the excessive amount of text Jordan spends describing characters' appearances, I often have trouble visualizing ...
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Looking for supernatural romance novel about woman at mental institution with mysterious power, has variation of "witch" in title

This book I recalled seeing at a nursing home one day and it's been on my mind ever since. As best I can recall, the plot involves a woman going to live at what sounded like a mental/medical institute ...
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Find illustration of titular scene from Asimov's "The Naked Sun"

Can anyone help me find an illustration of the titular scene from Asimov's The Naked Sun when Elijah reaches out of the roof of the taxi and contemplated the naked sun as Daneel grabs him and ...
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What does the image on the back of the LotR discs represent?

Been watching the extended blu-ray version of LotR and I noticed this symbol on the back cover. Don't think I've seen this whilst watching the films, anyone know what it represents?
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Dragon with orange and black butterfly wings - mass market paperback fantasy short stories

I saw a mass market paperback at a Waldenbooks in Texas in the early 1990's that was a collection of fantasy short stories, it had front cover art of a dragon or two (maybe green colored) but with ...
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Science fiction book cover with man looking up at floating black rectangular "ships" in sky?

I remember a SF book cover with a man looking up at a sky full of floating black rectangular box-like (otherwise featureless) ships. For the life of me, I can't recall what the book was. Anyone ...
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What does The Butlerian Jihad's coverart depict?

The first book of Dune's prequel series depicts a sand worm, a classic motif of the Dune books. After reading the book, one thing kept bothering me. What is the object in the mouth of the sand worm? ...
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What are all these items from the Narnia books?

My favourite edition of CS Lewis's Narnia series has covers featuring a variety of significant items from the books wrapped around by twining leaves and branches, as shown in the image below (from The ...
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Why are there cover art variations in the Plume trade paperback edition of The Waste Lands?

Someone posted two pictures of two versions of the Plume trade paperback edition of The Dark Tower Book III: The Waste Lands on a Facebook group for fans of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. ...
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Fantasy book cover with tree trunk and boy with skin like tree bark

My fiance says she read a fantasy book in seventh grade, but can't remember the author or much of the story line. She says the book cover was of a tree trunk in slight shadow and also a boy with skin ...
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Why is the Shrike depicted with only two arms on the covers of the first three "Hyperion" novels?

The cover illustrations for the Dan Simmons novels "Hyperion", "The Fall of Hyperion" and "Endymion" all feature depictions of the Shrike with two arms: However, already in the first novel "...
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What is the cover of the Ender's Game depicting? [duplicate]

I'm asking about the main cover used by the novel (found on most of the 1985 and 1991 editions), not about the movie tie-in cover. The four individual items that I notice: The planet (Earth? Bugger ...
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Why is Shepherd Book crushing a snake on the cover of Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale?

Have any of the writers or artists stated why Shepherd Book is stepping on a snake on the cover of Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale? There is no snake in the graphic novel. Is it a allusion to Book ...
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Does anybody know which passages of A Storm Of Swords and A Feast For Crows are depicted in these illustration covers?

This is the cover of A Storm Of Swords: And this is the cover of A Feast For Crows Both were published by Plaza & Janés, a spanish publishing house. I don't know the name of the illustrator/s. ...
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Which comic book cover has had the most homages?

Often you'll see covers paying homage to or parodying a famous comic cover. For example: or or So, which cover has been...well...covered the most?
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What is the cover art from this edition of The Silmarillion a picture of?

The artwork on the cover of my copy of The Silmarillion is a drawing by Tolkien himself. It shows a huge mountain silhouetted by a blue moon, witha Viking-style ship in the lower foreground. What ...
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What is the picture on the front of this edition of "The Two Towers"?

The front cover of my edition of The Two Towers has a picture of what looks like a man mounted on some vast flying creature: The only thing that beast makes me think of is "dragon", but as ...
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Complicated story identification from book cover

I really want to find this book again. I had it back in the seventies, the story was complex, surreal, competing realities type. The cover showed one figure (I think), anyway, their neck was a ...
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Illustration on the "Earthsea Quartet" cover

What is depicted in the top left illustration on the front cover of the Penguin edition of the Earthsea quartet, see for example here? Presumably it is something from "A Wizard of Earthsea", as the ...
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Trying to recall a book - cover art heterochromia, plot with genetic mutations and a utopia

My mother remembers reading a book in the 80's, and only clearly remembers the cover art. However the date is irrelevant because she doesn't think it was new. The cover had a face with one brown eye ...
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What is the name of 80's or 90's paperback with a woman in a red jumpsuit holding a bag of crystal shards on the cover?

My dad had this book in his library and the cover was very memorable. The book was lost at some point and neither of us can remember the title or author. If I remember correctly, I believe the woman ...
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