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Fighting Fantasy gamebook series (Laurel Leaf/Dell)

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Sep 4th, 2018. Artwork published in
circa 1983
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    1: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, 1983. Cover art by Richard Corben.
    Source: https://www.flickr.com Dell Books. Photo: TimUnderhill. License: All Rights Reserved.

    1: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, 1983. Cover art by Richard Corben.

    When Laurel Leaf, an imprint of Dell, published the US version of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain in November 1983, they adopted the book’s typographic identity featuring Bradley, which had been introduced with Puffin’s original UK edition the year before, see this post.

    While Puffin changed to different cover typefaces for the subsequent books in the Fighting Fantasy series, Laurel Leaf stuck to Bradley for the complete run of the series. The Americans didn’t squeeze the letterforms, and also went less heavy with the caps: Author names as well as articles and prepositions in the titles are set in mixed case — Deathtrap Dungeon dispenses with the caps craze altogether — for a slightly less outlandish look.

    The C gets the same simplified treatment as in the UK. Additionally, I and T (in non-initial position) exhibit alternate or altered forms that work better in all caps. From issue 5 on, these subtleties were forgotten, though. Now C, I and T show exclusively the standard letterforms.

    2: The Citadel Of Chaos by Steve Jackson, 1983. Cover art by Richard Corben.
    Source: https://www.flickr.com Dell Books. Photo: exaquint. License: All Rights Reserved.

    2: The Citadel Of Chaos by Steve Jackson, 1983. Cover art by Richard Corben.

    3: The Forest Of Doom by Ian Livingstone, 1984. Cover art by Richard Corben.
    Source: https://www.flickr.com Dell Books. Photo: TimUnderhill. License: All Rights Reserved.

    3: The Forest Of Doom by Ian Livingstone, 1984. Cover art by Richard Corben.

    The Titannica Fighting Fantasy Wiki on the US edition:

    The gamebooks featured a new cover design with the first eleven books using a generic white background, whilst books 12 through 21 had a generic black background. Initially the gamebooks had completely new cover illustrations, by Richard Corben (The Warlock of Firetop Mountain to Island of the Lizard King) and R. Courtney (Scorpion Swamp to Freeway Fighter), until 1986 when with Temple of Terror the original Puffin Books cover illustration were used till the range ended with Trial of Champions. During this run House of Hell was retitled House of Hades.

    4. Starship Traveller by Steve Jackson, 1984. Cover art by Richard Corben.
    Source: https://www.flickr.com Dell Books. Photo: TimUnderhill. License: All Rights Reserved.

    4. Starship Traveller by Steve Jackson, 1984. Cover art by Richard Corben.

    5: City of Thieves by Ian Livingstone, 1984. Cover art by Richard Corben.
    Source: https://www.flickr.com Dell Books. Photo: TimUnderhill. License: All Rights Reserved.

    5: City of Thieves by Ian Livingstone, 1984. Cover art by Richard Corben.

    6: Deathtrap Dungeon by Ian Livingston, 1984. Cover art by Richard Corben.
    Source: https://www.flickr.com Dell Books. Photo: TimUnderhill. License: All Rights Reserved.

    6: Deathtrap Dungeon by Ian Livingston, 1984. Cover art by Richard Corben.

    7: Island of the Lizard King by Ian Livingstone, 1985. Cover art by Richard Corben.
    Source: https://www.flickr.com Dell Books. Photo: TimUnderhill. License: All Rights Reserved.

    7: Island of the Lizard King by Ian Livingstone, 1985. Cover art by Richard Corben.

    8: Scorpion Swamp by (the other) Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, 1985. Cover art by Richard Courtney.
    Source: https://www.flickr.com Dell Books. Photo: TimUnderhill. License: All Rights Reserved.

    8: Scorpion Swamp by (the other) Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, 1985. Cover art by Richard Courtney.

    10: House Of Hades by Steve Jackson, 1985. Cover art by Richard Courtney.
    Source: https://www.flickr.com Dell Books. Photo: exaquint. License: All Rights Reserved.

    10: House Of Hades by Steve Jackson, 1985. Cover art by Richard Courtney.

    12: Space Assassin by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, 1985. Cover art by Richard Courtney.
    Source: https://www.flickr.com Dell Books. Photo: exaquint. License: All Rights Reserved.

    12: Space Assassin by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, 1985. Cover art by Richard Courtney.

    16: Seas Of Blood by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, 1986. Cover art by Rodney Matthews.
    Source: https://www.flickr.com Dell Books. Photo: exaquint. License: All Rights Reserved.

    16: Seas Of Blood by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, 1986. Cover art by Rodney Matthews.

    18: Rebel Planet by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, 1986. Cover art by Alan Craddock.
    Source: https://www.flickr.com Dell Books. Photo: exaquint. License: All Rights Reserved.

    18: Rebel Planet by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, 1986. Cover art by Alan Craddock.

    19: Demons Of The Deep by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, 1987. Cover art by Les Edwards.
    Source: https://www.flickr.com Dell Books. Photo: exaquint. License: All Rights Reserved.

    19: Demons Of The Deep by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, 1987. Cover art by Les Edwards.

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