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HC Jacket Art Variations

Discussion in 'The Tommyknockers' started by addieprey, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. addieprey

    addieprey Well-Known Member

    Does anyone know anything about the different jackets this book has in hard cover?

    There are different colors of the light coming from under the door (green/blue) and different lettering (red/gold).

    I remember this being discussed on the old board but I can't recall the details, and can't access the old board, so sorry for dragging out old questions.
     
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  2. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...this would be a good query for kingricefan ....
     
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  3. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Thanks, Scott! The 'tag' didn't show up on my end though. If the color of the light coming from under the door is blue my guess is that the book was left out in the sun and has faded. I've seen a few like this and that's what happened to those. As for the red or gold for the lettering, my guess is that by this point in King's career the publisher realized that there are serious (SERIOUS!!!!) collector's out there who want every edition available to them and would buy both colors of the books. Think of when the original Plume trade paperbacks were released, one depicting a rose and the other depicting a train. Collector's had to have both (yes, I'm included in that bunch). In England they released about 6 or 7 different covers on the paperbacks of Under The Dome......
     
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  4. jchanic

    jchanic Well-Known Member

    The Tommyknockers isn't the only US King title that has variations. Under the Dome has a dust jacket with white lettering and one, less common, with black lettering. Revival has two different dust jackets--one the "bookstore" on the back, the other with "Barnes & Noble" on it. There are others, too. Those are the ones that came to mind.

    John
     
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  5. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    US hardcover of Insomnia.....
     
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  6. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....I never get tags either....probably cuz of Rhea.....that bitch.....
     
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  7. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    You said it wrong. Rhea (that b*tch!). ;-D
     
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  8. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

  9. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Isn't it strange that there's still no limited edition of this book?
     
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  10. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Nice to see that the gold foil on your copy is in excellent condition. I've seen so many of them where the letters are turning black. It only happens with the gold ones, not the red. Strange....
     
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  11. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    [​IMG] :D
     
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  12. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...yeah, it's almost like it's made from gold leaf.....
     
  13. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    These aren't my own copies, I simply Googled to see how many HC versions I could find.
     
  14. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Don't make me come over there.......;;D
     
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  15. addieprey

    addieprey Well-Known Member

    Thanks for your input on this question!

    I have a copy with red lettering and blue light coming under the door that I bought new, and I never left it in the sun. I also have a normal copy with red lettering and green light. A friend has a copy with silver lettering and blue light...

    I got a bit batty on this subject this week (too much free time on my hands) and looked at thedarktower.org and found a discussion about this (and a pic of a silver/blue cover) where they wonder if it was an intentional thing, the cover having all these variations (as Wikipedia says, without any citations though, natch) or a printing error. I tried calling Putnam to see if anyone might know what the deal was way back when, but they didn't give a tinkers damn. Probably thought I was nuts!

    I don't collect multiple copies of books, though I do have my beat up paperback DT books that keep my HC copies from suffering. This Tommyknocker thing is an anomaly for me, and I know there must be an answer to the thing.
     
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  16. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    I have never seen one with silver lettering.
     
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  17. addieprey

    addieprey Well-Known Member

    Your New Pride and Joy!

    This is a link to thedarktower.org page with the conversation and a picture of Tommyknockers with silver lettering and blue light.
     
  18. Cowboy

    Cowboy Lesser-Known Member

    I had both covers, red/white, white/red, but gave one away. I wonder if one is more rare than the other?
     
  19. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    I think the lighting is bad in the photo, the lettering looks gold to me.
     
  20. jchanic

    jchanic Well-Known Member

    Neither is more rare than the other. When they were published, there were equal numbers of both.

    John
     
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