Why it's so expensive to license the rights to a fictional character

Recently, two seemingly contradictory pieces of copyright law have popped up in the news. One is the case of Jonathan Coulton, whose arrangement of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" was lifted by the producers of Glee. Another is the recent case of a car customizer who was barred from making Batmobiles by a District… » 2/27/13 12:00pm 2/27/13 12:00pm

Create your own pulp magazine covers with the Pulp-O-Mizer

The Pulp-O-Mizer Pulp Magazine Cover Generator lets you play editor of your own retrofuturistic magazine, with titles like Enormous Stories, Hearts and Pistons, and What in the Blue Blazes. It's a fun weekend time waster that lets you dream up strange story titles and taglines and then customize your cover… » 2/02/13 10:30am 2/02/13 10:30am

How Dave McKean created Sandman's multidimensional covers in an era…

One of the hallmarks of Dave McKean's early Sandman covers were the photographic elements framing the central painting, as if you'd stumbled across the piece hanging in curio cabinet or against an overstuffed bookshelf. But before Photoshop made adding these elements as simple as clicking a mouse, McKean decided not… » 12/09/12 4:00pm 12/09/12 4:00pm

What if the Black Widow starred in her own line of pulp novels?

With her irresistible charms and super-spy lifestyle, Natasha Romanov would be the perfect subject of her own line of pulpy novels. Cartoonist Jon Morris dreams up covers for Black Widow thrillers authored by spy novelist Donald Hamilton. » 7/22/12 2:00pm 7/22/12 2:00pm

Space Babes in Danger: The Space Opera Pin-Up Art of Megan Burns

Megan Burns' art spoofs and celebrates the sexiness of space opera. Her new gallery show, opening tomorrow in New York, pays homage to paperback book covers and comic book art, with hypnorays, alien life forms, and beautiful bodies. Possibly NSFW? » 1/21/11 3:00pm 1/21/11 3:00pm

Germany's greatest postwar science fiction magazine was bursting with…

Terra was the most important postwar science fiction magazine in West Germany — and its covers were bursting with strange monsters and weird struggles in outer space. The Monster Brains blog has gathered some of the greatest monster-focused covers. » 1/19/11 8:30am 1/19/11 8:30am

And now, Axe Cop riding his patrol car to destiny

Axe Cop, the webcomic created by a six-year-old and his 29-year-old artist brother, is now getting the comic book treatment from Dark Horse. Here's an exclusive first look at the cover for Axe Cop's upcoming miniseries, Bad Guy Earth. » 12/04/10 12:40pm 12/04/10 12:40pm

25 unexpected lessons we can learn from Tales of the Unexpected

Tales of the Unexpected was a long-running DC scifi/horror series that specialized in stories about stuff nobody anticipated would happen. Its covers were also unexpectedly unexpected, and we can learn a lot about expectations just by looking at them. Unexpected. » 9/07/10 7:15pm 9/07/10 7:15pm

Rolling Stone delivers the True Blood fangbang you've been dreaming of

Next time someone asks you to explain True Blood to them, just hold up this Rolling Stone cover. Yep, that about does it. I can't help but wonder if there's another picture of a vampire "wobbly H" inside. [RS] » 8/17/10 11:31am 8/17/10 11:31am

100+ extremely confusing vintage horror comic covers

More often than not, the covers of old-school horror comics were more baffling than scary. Titles like Tales from the Crypt and House of Mystery promised chills but delivered befuddlement. Here are 100+ of the most inexplicable (with captions). [Via Comic Covers] » 6/23/10 2:49pm 6/23/10 2:49pm

Here comes the Last Son of Krypton. It's all right.

This may be one of the greatest Superman covers ever. Frank Quitely does it again with this amazing cover to the Absolute Edition of All Star Superman. [The Source via Comic Book Resources] » 6/22/10 12:19pm 6/22/10 12:19pm

A Whole Blog Dedicated To The Worst SF/Fantasy Book Covers

What do you think is happening on this book cover? Even the poor unicorn looks confused. Our new favorite blog is Good Show Sir, in which the worst SF and fantasy book covers are thrust in our faces. (Possibly NSFW.) » 4/19/10 9:30am 4/19/10 9:30am

Shogun And Caveman Iron Men Suit Up For Time-Traveling Armor Wars

What if Tony Stark was born in the Paleolithic or Middle Ages? The newest slew of Iron Man By Design variant covers re-imagine the hero as a crusader, a cowboy, and a cro-magnon. » 3/24/10 12:23pm 3/24/10 12:23pm

Scariest Giant Heads From Science Fiction Book Covers

Nothing is more terrifying, more mentally scarring, than the giant-head book cover. They loom off the cardstock, their huge eyes bugging out. Nothing inside the pages could be this horrifying. Here are our favorite massive-headed book covers of all time. » 11/23/09 12:40pm 11/23/09 12:40pm

Fan Artists Reimagine Classic Comics Covers

Robert Goodin's blog Covered invites artists to remix and reinterpret their favorite comic book covers, resulting in fun and funky covers of classic superhero art. » 9/10/09 9:00am 9/10/09 9:00am

Vampire Laser Love On Mars: The Can't-Fail Ingredients To Create The…

This tag cloud, depicting all the words that go into the worst science-fiction book titles, is a thing of absolute beauty. Orbit Books created it out of the 350 submissions for its "worst cover ever" drive. And the finalists are... » 7/21/09 1:30pm 7/21/09 1:30pm

Can You Come Up With A Science Fiction Book Cover Worse Than These?

Orbit Books is trying to create the worst science fiction book cover of all time — but they're up against stiff competition. Details, and a gallery of some of our fave bad covers, are below. » 7/06/09 2:12pm 7/06/09 2:12pm

The Many DVD Covers Of The Middleman

How do you explain the awesomeness of The Middleman, ABC Family's shortlived series about a young artist who gets apprenticed to the world's most strait-laced superhero? That's the dilemma Shout Factory faced in creating a cover for the DVD set, and they considered a dozen psychedelic options. Gallery below. » 5/29/09 10:30am 5/29/09 10:30am