A reader suggested this topic as good fodder for a post a while back, and I agreed that it sounded like a worthy use of my time. Now, finally, I'm actually getting it done!
A word about the format: my goal here is simply to rank the cover art for the books. A moment's consideration will reveal the fact that nearly every title King has published -- and he's published a lot -- has been published in multiple editions. In some cases, there may be well over a dozen editions in America alone. It would be a fool's errand to try to rank all of those editions; I don't even have the energy (or the interest) to attempt to catalog them all, much less then figure out how to rank them. I'm not saying it can't be done; but I'm saying it won't be done by me. Ever.
So, here is my criteria: for each book, I will be considering whatever was the mass-market American first edition, be it hardback or paperback. No limited editions will be considered; no British editions will be considered; no second editions will be considered. Hopefully, no errors will be made regarding any of this, but if errors end up being made, I apologize for them in advance.
I also apologize in advance for the certain-to-occur poor choices on my part, and also for the incredible lack of scientific method which will be evinced. You are welcoem to point them all out in the comments!
Without further ado, let's begin with the worst, which is unquestionably:
#74 -- Just After Sunset
|For once, the shitty focus of this image is not the fault of my subpar scanner.|
The jacket design here is courtesy of Rex Bonomelli, who seems to have felt that it was a good idea to make potential purchasers think their eyesight might finally have begun to fail.