Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.13

vintage-sf-badgeNo.13: I am Legend by Richard Matheson

As part of Vintage Sci Fi month being hosted by Little Red Reviewer I’ve given myself a small challenge to post a vintage book each day – one that I’ve read – and to highlight some of the covers.   Today’s choice is I am Legend by Richard Matheson.   This is a great book, it’s not cheerful, in fact it’s downright bleak but reading about one man’s journey into loneliness and despair is bound to be a bit bleak.  All the same I thought the ending was innovational.  I did hum and ah about whether or not this is sci fi – but I think it is.  I suppose it’s also horror and you could say it was the early inspiration behind zombies.

First edition from 1954 below:

I am Legend 1954.jpg

  1. 1964 Bantam
  2. 2007 Doherty Tom Associates
  3. 1956 Corgi Books
  4. 1997 Orb
  5. IDW Graphic novel

The corgi one is a bit shocking!

1073848Doherty 20071956 Corgi20644706IDW



10 Responses to “Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.13”

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Yes, scary and sad at the same time: it’s the kind of book you cannot forget.

    The 1997 cover is my favorite, the dark, sepia tones are just perfect for the story and its mood.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Definitely scary and sad. The 1997 is so creepy – it is a good cover.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Definitely like the 1997 cover the best! And yes, this is one hell of a bleak (but absolutely wonderful) novel!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I still can’t believe the ending was changed in the recent film. The ending of the book was so jaw dropping.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    2007 and the 1997 look like they’re using the same idea, or the former might even be a tribute to the latter. Funny though, because the older one actually looks more modern!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, there’s quite a few of those particular covers – that just vary in certain small details. Now you mention it though the more modern does manage to have an older type look.
      Lynn 😀

  4. jessicabookworm

    I haven’t read this although I did enjoy the film and would like to try the book too. The 2007 and 1997 covers have a similar idea. I think the 2007 is a bit too in your face though. I prefer the 1997 cover as its colours and outline are subtler.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It has a much bleaker outlook than the film and the ending is dramatically different. I hope you get a chance to pick it up.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Sharry

    I had to scroll quickly past #2’s cover…it creeped me out too much! I’ve never read I Am Legend but I did watch the film starring Will Smith. It’s one of those films that I really enjoyed but left me feeling too devastated to attempt re-watching it, haha.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – well, I’ll just mention that if you found the film devastating then the film me be a tad too much! Seriously, it’s a very dour book with a bleak outlook and basically you’re observing one man go crazy with loneliness. The ending is incredibly powerful and I was personally disappointed that they changed the film but I can see why they would. And yeah, some of those covers are very creepy – which makes me love ’em.
      Lynn 😀

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