Jun 03

Is that... a monkey penis?Click for full image

Published 1972

Kill it! KILL IT!Click for full image

Published 1980

Whitney Comments: I’m sending in two different covers of the same book. They are both wretched.

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 8.95 out of 10)

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25 Responses to “The Midwich Cuckoos”

  1. Pat Says:

    But it’s a tradition, everyone who does a cover for The Midwich Cuckoos has to take a large dose of LSD before starting the artwork. It needs to be in by the time to sober up. The last bloke only used three colours so could you make sure to get all these in?

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    At least the bottom one looks like the artist read the book, even if the giant baby is the moon version of the Teletubbies sun, but what the hell is the top one about? Was the Midwich Cuckoos some kind of gateway to Eastern mysticism? Did they get the covers mixed up with a Carlos Castenada tome?

  3. Herm Says:

    Red/blue pied stacks of jester-baby body parts?

    This… This is not what The Midwich Cuckoos is about.

  4. Phil Says:

    Well, I see an egg, which has cuckoo connotations!

  5. Brendan Podger Says:

    At least they haven’t renamed the book Village of the Damned.

  6. Frank Says:

    ..once in a while…to comment is carrying coals to Newcastle….

  7. Jane Says:

    I’ve been to Newcastle. There were only a few cuckoos…

  8. fred Says:

    The top looks like a Carlos Santana album cover while the bottom looks like the inspiration for the E*Trade baby commercials.

  9. Smith Says:

    You know, I was going to pass on The Midwich Cuckoo, but that recommendation from the Hartford Times has really swayed me.

  10. Ian Says:

    A brilliant book. I never understood why the two movies were called “Village of the Damned”, I think the cuckoo imagery is a better title…

    However, neither cover artist (shown here) had any idea what the book was about.

  11. Prudynce Says:

    Yeah, that’s what you want to see out the window…a giant blue baby.

  12. A.R.Yngve Says:

    If the readers come into the book expecting THAT, they’re bound to be disappointed.

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The blue-baby cover has a logo with such “whimsical” fonts, you expect something more lighthearted.

    “THE MIDWICH CUCKOOS — a wacky adventure in a cozy British village. You haven’t seen mischief until you’ve met the Midwich kids’ gang!”

  14. Queen Khentkawes Says:

    A tip of the hat for the top photo. That green carpet matches the background of the, er, illustration. Good show, sir!

  15. arch9enius Says:

    Mom! Monkey laid an egg!

    Cover 2 at does represent the book, although maybe it’s like seeming thinner stood next to your fat friend.

  16. SI Says:

    Quality carpet btw!

  17. Dalton H. Says:

    Cover 2 looks like the night version of the baby in the sky from Telletubies.

  18. Tom Noir Says:

    Glad to see the Na’vi are getting some work outside of ‘Avatar’.

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Be glad you didn’t see the cover to The Middlesex Boobies!

  20. AnnaT Says:

    The Cosmic Baby looked upon the faux-Tudor houses with his unsettling golden eyes, while no one beneath knew what came for them . . .

    And as for the other cover, it must have been painted stoned.

  21. Claire Says:

    They’re going to have real trouble selling those houses. Worse than a motorway that is.

  22. anon Says:

    @Claire: I’m surprised the house on the left doesn’t have any lights on. Surely anything that big saying ‘cuckoo’ will keep everyone awake at night.

  23. Perry Armstrong Says:

    The title anagrams into an epic furry/sci-fi crossover:


  24. anon Says:

    @Perry Armstrong: …in which the protagonist finds out something nefarious going on at Chicksuit Wood Chem, at Humid White Cocks Co. or with Shiti Duck Come Chow.

  25. poul Says:

    the first cover art is from Mati Klarwein…a German surrealistic artist

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