Friday Face-Off: Under the Sea

Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy! Each Friday, we will pit cover against cover while also taking the opportunity to showcase gorgeous artwork and feature some of our favorite book covers. If you want to join the fun, simply choose a book each Friday that fits that week’s predetermined theme, post and compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme is:

“The seaweed is always greener, in somebody else’s lake.”
~ a cover UNDER THE SEA

Mogsy’s Pick:
Jaws by Peter Benchley

Most people hear “under the sea” and immediately think of singing crabs with Jamaican accents, but today I’m going to go with giant man-eating great white sharks. This is a novel that needs no introduction, I’m sure. Thanks to the Spielberg movie based on it, we’ll always have reason to fear the ocean.

Let’s take a look at some covers…

From left to right, top to bottom:
Doubleday Books (1974) – Pan Publishing (1975) – Ballantine Books (2013)
André Deutsch (1974) – Turtleback Books (1991) – Pan (2017)
German Edition (2013) – Spanish Edition (1974) – Portuguese Edition (2015)
Italian Edition (1975) – Georgian Edition (2016) – Arabic Edition (1993)






We have an interesting case here, with lots of covers but not so much in terms of variety. I suspect this is in no small part due to the popularity of the original 1974 Doubleday image, which exploits our fear of the unknown by depicting an unsuspecting swimmer about to meet her doom by way of rows of razor sharp teeth (though I find it amusing how the shark gets progressively bigger and closer to its victim with each subsequent edition). The cover for the 1975 paperback is also the image used in the poster for the film adaptation, which keeps the same concept. While I don’t usually go for “movie covers”, I think I’ll make an exception in this case because it’s just too iconic to be anything but the winner.

24 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Under the Sea”

  1. Definitely an iconic cover, and a true classic. My favorite one too, although I do kinda like the Pan 2017 cover and the Spanish edition. The German one has a nice “below” perspective as well. But yeah the ’75 one is awesome.


  2. Brilliant. Definitely iconic and I have to go for your choice. Strangely enough I watched the film again over Christmas – we all love that film in our family – I can’t deny that it’s a bit dated and the shark doesn’t look convincing – but it still gets to me every time. Plus, the music – that cover and the music.
    Lynn 😀


    • Hahaha, yeah, shark’s fake as hell, but as a child, I was terrified of it! The atmosphere was done so well, and I guess back then with the lack of special effects, you had to pull out all the stops and get creative 🙂


  3. Great choice for the theme this week. I I have to agree, it’s hard for me to envision any cover other that the iconic classic/movie poster one. Although I am horrified by the Portguese cover!


  4. The 2013 Ballantine edition, while keeping to the same theme, looks a little more scary: I guess it’s the uniformity of color, that reminds me of the sea’s depths, and that makes me feel even more the impending danger… 😉


  5. I own the 2013 Ballatine book copy and I guess I have to say that’s my favorite. Although I’m also drawn to Tiberon – but because it used to be a make of car and I used to want a blue one I could name Jaws – I would even have a vanity plate and all. Okay, off topic. Great covers this week all around.


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