Covers of the Week #12

Theme: Funny Romance Covers

I’ve been a bit behind things this past week, so I haven’t focused on the site as I should have. To make up for it, I’ve chosen a selection of covers by good artists gone bad. These funny-looking romance covers have made me smile, laugh, or raise my eyebrows and wonder what they were thinking.

The Covers

For the week of June 28 to July 4, 2021, enjoy this small sample of funny or awful-looking covers from romances from four different artists for our Covers of the Week.

#1 They’re getting it on at the docks, her hair is in the water, but at least she knows to hold on to that parasol for sun protection. Priorities.

(Wild Magnolia, Wanda Owen, Zebra, 1992, Pino cover art)

#2 Is it just me, or does that poor cat look like an experiment from “The Island of Dr. Moreau”? Is it supposed to be a Scottish wildcat or a Lynx? Either way, it seems so sad. Put the poor dear out of his misery!

(Wildcat Tamed, Mary Wibberley, Harlequin, 1977, cover artist Don Berco)

#3This infamous cover is notable for the three-armed heroine, one hand on the ground, the other at her side, and the last holding the hero’s arm. It speaks highly of the hero that he loves her the way she is.

(Castles in the Air, Christina Dodd, Avon, 1993, Robert Maguire cover art)

#4 – The hero of this book was supposed to be a most beautiful-looking male and a very buff Naval officer. Nothing wrong with being fluffy, but Lucky does not look fit for military service. It’s not the funniest of covers per se. However, Brockmann was so disappointed with the result that she sent her customers happy face stickers to cover up Lucky’s face!

(Get Lucky, Suzanne Brockmann, Silhouette, 2000, cover artist unknown)

7 thoughts on “Covers of the Week #12

  1. Mary Anne Landers

    Thanks, Jacqueline. I too dig unintentionally funny covers! I can add several others.

    About the cover of the Mary Wibberley Harlequin: wow, talk about a grumpy cat! But there’s another peculiar element. That guy’s face. He’s so angry, upset. Why? Surely he’s not jealous of the kitty. Or is he?

    1. Jacqueline Diaz

      And yes please, if you have silly or bad covers, send me some and I’ll post them in a another collection! 🙂

      There were so many “bad” covers to choose from, it was hard to decide which ones to pick. As you can tell, I love romance covers, but sometimes the artists had to churn them out quickly and didn’t always create perfect works.

  2. Iris

    Great covers this week; I love the odd and peculiar ones as much as the gloriously lovely ones. Wildcat Tamed artist is Don Besco. If it isn’t impertinent, I could drop HQN artist names I’ve figured out into the comments.

    1. jacquelinediaz

      Hi Iris,

      Of course I would love any info on artists! You know so much about the Harley covers. I love the idea of pooling our knowledge together. It’s so hard to fins a dedicated record of all the artists.

      I had purchased the book “The Art of Romance” hoping it would be a helpful guide, but it only has pictures of covers, with little info on the artists. So yes, please keep me updated with any info on cover artists, it’s a great help to us!

  3. Blue Falcon

    Hi, Jacqueline.

    My observations on the “Covers of the Week”, #12:

    Angelique, the heroine of the book, is clearly trying to keep Scott, the hero, from getting a nasty sunburn. She was so considerate.
    The cat does not look happy. They look like they’re going to jump somebody.
    At first, I didn’t see the three arms, but later I did. How this cover got through the editors at Avon is beyond me.
    Maybe this cover was the beginning of acknowledging that not every person in a romance novel was a perfect physical specimen.

    Thank you for bringing a smile to my face, as you always do. Hope you are well.

    1. Jacqueline Diaz

      Hi Blue Falcon, Great observations on the covers. I thought we could use a smile. As for cover #4, I agree, I like “imperfect” or unique heroes, be they short, wear glasses, are dandies, or nerdy. Not every hero needs a six-pack and a full head of hair; it gets so repetitive when they’re perfect.

      However, in the case of this cover, the book was part of a series and the hero had been built up as this arrogant, vain player who thought he was the greatest thing in the world because of his looks. The author disliked the cover so much, she mailed out stickers to anyone who’d purchased the book so they could cover the hero’s face!


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