40 Great FRANKENSTEIN Covers

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Kelly Jensen


Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

It’s the season! I remember reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein numerous times in high school and college, though it’s been a good decade since I’ve picked it up. But a recent discovery of really great cover of the book — at, of all places, the O’Hare airport bookstore in the H/K terminal — made me realize I want to read it again.

Of course, it also made me realize how many iterations of the cover there have been. Since the book is in the public domain, there are so many opportunities to remix the work and showcase the cover in myriad ways.




Goodreads lists over 2,000 editions of the book, but that would be a post for a scholar. Because I like looking at pretty, unique, and sometimes bizarre covers, I’ve narrowed this down to 40 neat iterations of Frankenstein. I’ve done what I can to note the publishers and the year of publication; it’s possible some are missing or incorrect. I’ve also stuck to English editions.

It’s fascinating to see the evolution of the monster as portrayed on the cover over the decades. It’s also interesting to look at the covers of editions geared toward teen readers, those geared toward general readers, and those geared toward scholarly readers.




From left-to-right:

  • Vintage, 2011
  • Vintage, 2007
  • University of Chicago Press, 1982
  • Tor Classics, 1994






  • Tark Classic Fiction, 2008
  • Sterling, 2010
  • Signet, 1983
  • Signet, 1965






  • Scholastic, 2013
  • Simon & Schuster UK, 2014
  • Random House UK, 2015
  • Puffin, 2011 (love it!)





  • Puffin, 2011
  • Penguin Classics, 2013
  • Penguin USA, 1991
  • Penguin Classics, 2003





  • Penguin Classics, 2011 — this was the cover I saw at O’Hare that made me want to reread the book.
  • Oxford, 2011
  • Penguin, 1963
  • Modern, 1994





  • Oxford, 2001
  • Knopf, 2006
  • L&PM, 1985
  • Grosset & Sunlap, 1976






  • Harper Collins Canada, 2013
  • Grosset & Dunlap, 1931
  • Folio Society, 2004
  • Duke, 2012





  • Dover, 2001
  • DK Publishing, 2007
  • Bobbs-Merrill, 1974
  • Bantam, 2003





  • Barnes & Noble, 2012
  • Arrow, 1973
  • Alma Classics, 2014
  • Airmont, 1963





  • Puffin, 2016
  • Everyman’s Library, 1991
  • Unknown — Do you know?
  • Unknown — Do you know?