Youngman Carter painted beautiful bespoke art for the covers of Margery Allingham's mystery novels, and his style became associated with her work. Why don't the modern reprints of the Campion novels use her husband's art?


There could be numerous reasons:

  • If published under a different imprint, the new publisher may not have the rights to the original artwork.

  • Response to artwork is subjective, so a new editor may have may see value in a different cover, based on the current market. (People like new, shiny stuff!)

  • It may simply be a way to distinguish the printing from earlier printings.

It would be helpful if you could post or link to pictures of the same novel with different covers. My own personal pet peeve is when a movie based on a book comes out, and instead of the wonderful, original cover, the work is branded for years with a horrible, movie-poster cover.

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    Thanks for the answer, but right now it's pure generic speculation without any specific information or support about the subject of the question. – BESW Feb 24 '17 at 22:33
  • It is, which is partly why I requested images of competing covers (to be able to check the publishers.) However, dismissing the answer as invalid because it is generic demonstrates only a lack of understanding of the publishing industry. The practice of using new covers for reprints is standard, thus "generic". – DukeZhou Feb 25 '17 at 0:37
  • Generic can be done well. Unsupported speculation that's also generic--not so much. If your answer is "This is standard industry practice" then please expand on that with support and explanation. (And if you want details added to the question, that's what comments are for. If a question isn't yet detailed enough for a good answer, don't answer it.) – BESW Feb 25 '17 at 0:58
  • @BESW This actually falls under the bailiwick of common knowledge, to wit: any person can walk into any used bookstore or library or go on Amazon and determine quite quickly that the overwhelming majority of books in the modern era have different covers for different editions. The question itself, which is not entirely un-useful, would be more generally useful if it were about why the overwhelming majority of books have different covers for different editions. The answer would still be the same. – DukeZhou Feb 25 '17 at 3:06

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