In the opening credits of Gentlemen Broncos, the cast and crew's names are superimposed onto real science fiction book covers. Eagle-eyed io9 reader Lorcan McGrane has found several of these awesome vintage covers. Compare and contrast after the jump!

In Gentlemen Broncos, Jemaine Clement plays Ronald Chevalier, a science fiction novelist who steals a book idea from budding fantasy writer Benjamin Purvis (Michael Angarano). It's thereby apropos that the film's credits appropriate the artwork from a ton of real scifi novels. Lorcan McGrane has identified several of these covers, and you can find more cribbed covers at his blog, The Life and Times of Jimmny Homunculus.

Thanks for the tip, Lorcan, and good luck on your rad sounding PhD dissertation, Superheroic Bodies: The Corporealities of Contemporary Film Superheroes.

Gentlemen Broncos is now available on DVD.


The opening sequence of Gentlemen Broncos, complete with Zager and Evans' "In The Year 2525."

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Doctored covers from the film.

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More doctored covers.

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The Fox Searchlight Cover.

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The real cover from Analog magazine.

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Sam Rockwell's cover.

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The original 1989 painting by David Lee Anderson (which looks curiously similar to the Moon star).

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Jared Hess' cover.

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The original 1955 issue of Astounding Science Fiction.