JOE: Here are the earliest concept sketches for the cover. Stan's novels have amazing covers featuring beautiful and detailed sculptures, wonderfully photographed in close up. I felt my art would never be able to compete with that, so I went with my strength, movement. Oh and red, lots of red.
STAN: It's hard to overestimate the importance of covers. After all, it's usually a reader's first connection with a book, and they aren't going to go further and investigate if the cover's off-putting. I like the impression of dynamic movement in these sketches. And red is a wise choice - witness its importance in so-called "retail psychology". It has a power to draw the eye unrivaled by most other colors.