Another poke about down the back of the bookshelves produces a file of covers – no point in me saving the Polish edition of ‘Spanky’ – from editions around the world, including Japan, Russia, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweden and a few countries I can’t quite place. What’s missing is the staggeringly awful Balkan edition of ‘Soho Black’ (God, what did they make of that novel?) featuring cut-out shots of Sylvester Stallone glued to an exploding-car collage in what I assume to be a Heath Robinson version of Photoshop.
Once again we see the bizarre and sometimes lovely difference between European art and their UK counterparts. A Bryant & May cover chooses not to feature the detectives but a tiny ballerina – or perhaps she’s far away. ‘Spanky’ seemed to bring out the best and worst in Euro-design, ranging from a lurid purple devil to a dance with Death. The Japanese covers are the most graceful, their format minuscule, managing to make our airport editions look clumsy and vulgar.
Surprisingly, seeing as it’s set in Eastern Europe, no foreign rights have been picked up on ‘Hell Train’ – I’d love to see what a Polish or Croatian artist could do with that!
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