10 Badass Covers to Classic Novels

10. The Iliad, by Homer

One of the oldest and most celebrated works of literature in history, this epic poem also comes in two unexpectedly awesome editions. One is a paperback that could have easily doubled as an international poster for 300

That, or a Bronze Age Wheaties box.

…And the other is one of the most creative uses of WWII photography we have ever seen Return to Castle Wolfenstein.

Seriously, brilliant.

9. Animal Farm & 1984, by George Orwell

While Penguin has always been prized for its covers, few compare to the Obey propaganda covers Shepard Fairey designed for them a few years back. Behold, the best Animal Farm and 1984 has ever looked:

Still no word on whether he ripped of this design from an Associated Press photo.

8. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

Dystopian future our ass! We never dreamed that humanity would look this awesome in the future.

7. We Can Build You, by Philip K. Dick

So that’s where the real holographic simulated Evil Lincoln from Futurama comes from…

6. Rin Tin Tin, by Dell Books

If Cujo was a kid’s book.

(Or, if unavailable, Man’s Best Friend.)

5. War of the Worlds, by H. G. Wells

Apparently, the closest we have ever come to Ralph Bakshi adapting it.

4. Tarzan of the Apes,  by Edgar Rice Burroughs

That’s Tarzan the Tarzanian grabbing two men by the beards. We can only imagine who epic the sex scenes between Tarzan and the cheetah-goddess must play out.

3. Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, by Herman Melville

Wait a minute, sperm whales can’t fly…

“Sperm whales can’t fly!!!”

2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey

The single best example we have ever seen in our lives of a book that grabs you by the balls and never lets you go.

Literally, of course.

1. The Prince, by Niccolò Machiavelli

SimCity 1500 has never looked so good, or so necessary.

Will Wright, get on this!


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