Classic Penguin paperback covers of the 1970s, by David Pelham

Illustrator David Pelham produced some of Penguin UK's most iconic 1970s book-covers. Kadrey's got a small gallery of the best of 'em, works of art every one.

Some of David Pelham’s brilliant 70s SF covers for Penguin Books.


  1. A buddy of mine recently wrote a blog post about some of the old covers in his book collection. I learned a lot from people commenting about the artists involved. And having seen the struggle self-pubs go through to get this right, it’s a lot more interesting than usual to me.

  2. They look so different when rendered clearly as opposed to printed in faded ink on worn paper with rough edges.

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