29 June 2010

The Murder at the Vicarage - wonderful cover

Here is a cover I had not been aware of - isn't it wonderful?
I came across it on A Day without Rain, which is a journal from Greenway House.

It is a cover by Tom Adams about whom Wikipedia told me
  Tom Adams (born 1926) is an American illustrator most famous for his Agatha Christie paperback cover designs.

Check Tom Adams' website at Tom Adams Uncovered, browse the gallery. There's a great cover there for DEATH IN THE CLOUDS, and another for HALLOWEEN PARTY.

The site tells us
The Agatha Christie covers painted by Tom Adams constitute probably the most famous examples of paperback art ever produced. First published in the sixties, seventies and eighties in the UK by Fontana and in the USA by Pocket Books, they have been reproduced throughout the world by many other publishers.


There's a collection of 110 of his covers on Flickr, courtesy of The Woman in the Woods. They are not all Agatha Christie - there are some Joan Fleming ones too.
There will be some there you are familiar with, but quite a number that I've never seen before. Prepare to be amazed at his creativity and daring.

10 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Oh, this is a great cover, Kerrie! Just fabulous!

Janet Rudolph said...

This is absolutely fabulous. I've never seen this cover. Thanks for sharing.

Bernadette in Australia said...

What a great collection. I miss the days when there was real art in covers...of books as well as albums. These days it seems to be using a few stock images and really big font - there's no artistry in that.

Dorte H said...

Thank you for the link to these wonderful covers. I only recognize a few, but I remember them clearly - and which story they belong to.

Heartbeatoz said...

There is a wonderful Book out on these Covers "Agatha Christie: The Art of Her Crimes. The Paintings of Tom Adams, with a Commentary by Julian Symons. Everest House, hardcover, 1981 isbn 0896961443 " I bought it on Ebay a few Years back not only is it visually beautiful but there are some great stories on the backgrounds of the Covers a great Book for Agatha Christie Fans.
Jacki

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That cover will tell all. Just by seeing that very unusual cover you can tell that the book is full of wonderful story. Thank you for sharing it.

Used Machinery said...

Have you guys seen the oh so wonderful and beautiful cover to the anniversary edition of HP Sorcerer Stone??

Rikki said...

Thanks for the link to flick'r where we can lots of those awesome covers. Totally enjoyed going through them.

Used Machinery said...

Are the lyrics original for "What a wonderful world it would be" in the Roger Whitaker cover?

Vanda Symon said...

I'm sure I've got that cover...somewhere around here...

I'm the kind of girl who will buy multiple copies of a book because I like the different edition covers.

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