Top Ten Sexiest book cover designs hand picks ten covers for popular books or novella which benefit equally from their iconic, sexy covers.
A follow up on our earlier series of Top Ten Coolest book cover designs, we up the sensuality quotient, bringing out the lustful, sexy side to some of the most ‘grown up’ book covers ever designed.
Allison Saltzman brings this cover to life for Gay Talese’s “Thy Neighbor’s Wife”. The naked woman would’ve been enough to grab your attention, but there’s a glazed glass effect, along with a knowing smirk which heightens the lurking danger, aptly reminding readers in the tagline “Covet not”
William Wister Haines time capsule of part-time capsule of the Great Depression – a part adventure tale, part social commentary was a roaring success both as a novel, and a critically acclaimed, commercially successful film. The book is a classic and finds audience even today for its realism and its on-target portrayal of working class attitudes. But the girls can drool over their dream cowboy. Chances are, they probably still have wet dreams about Henry Fonda.
A novel which made the candid, sexual conversation and liberated speech the ‘in thing’ of modern literature. Over 80 years old, but still Henry Miller’s ‘Tropic of Cancer’ is lucid and lurid as ever. So is the cover.
The novel itself may not have been the finest from Ayn Rand, but the same can’t be said about the cover, which highlights the rippling, muscular Atlas in all his golden glory.
Ever since Vladimir Nabokov’s novel was first published, art directors and publishers have continued to misconstrue the intent and content of his novel. The author himself was supposedly opposed to depiction of an underage, sexually aware girl on the cover. Regardless, artists have had a field day with the scandalous content, creating art of varying degrees of shock value. We pick three of them (since they’re all awesome), from the latest one by Lyuba Haleva right down to the earliest controversial one.
Michael Gillette is a master of bringing out the femme fatale in his illustrations of bond girls, who form the essential centerpiece of James Bond novels. This one is not exception.
Artist Mario Pulice heightens the anticipation with a sly little concealment.
How could a sexiest cover list not have a pulp fiction awesomeness. Ralph Marley’s Earthman is a shirtless dude, he has a bodacious girl (in a dress size, predictably two sizes too small for her) and a giant ant getting stabbed.
We love it so much, that here’s another – an homage to entire oeuvre of books like these – off color prints, artists barely known – but expressions almost always spot-on. And that expression which says “I’m about to kick your a$$”
Art of Nude Photography, by Pascal Baetens, predictably, has plenty of sensuous, jaw dropping nudes. But the tasteful, aesthetic skill in addition to the glee of a near-voyeuristic, yet devoted camera artist, is what you are left with, long after you’ve stopped gaping at the cover.