Collected Editions & Miscellaneous Covers

This page is Providence collected/misc covers – for Neonomicon go here.

Avatar Press likes to use variant covers to promote its series, particularly short-run limited series like Moore’s; besides their artistic merit, several of these covers have more to say about the contents of the book than readers might think. While most of these have been addressed previously, grouped together by theme (Convention, DreamscapePantheon, Portrait, Women of H.P. Lovecraft), these are the covers for the collected editions and miscellaneous issues that fall outside those categories.

Cover for Providence Act 1 Hardcover Kickstarter Exclusive. Art by Jacen Burrows
Cover for Providence Act 1 Hardcover Kickstarter Exclusive. Art by Jacen Burrows

Providence, Act 1 hardcover Kickstarter exclusive (collects issues 1-4) – This cover depicts Willard Wheatley, Providence‘s analogue for Wilbur Whateley in “The Dunwich Horror” – see Providence #4 P18,p1.

Providence, Act 1 (image) variant hardcover limited edition repeats the above Wheatley cover.

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Providence Act 1 Limted Hardcover – art by Jacen Burrows

Providence, Act 1 Limited Hardcover

  • The building in the background is the New York Herald Building, where protagonist Robert Black worked, see Providence #1 P22,p1.
  • The dial at the left is a clock. The dial at right depicts the current wind direction.
  • Commenter Legion of Andy notes:

    This being the New York Herald Building, Robert Black is standing in front of the name of the paper, blocking from view everything but the first one and a half letters and part of the last. This is enough to remind us that the name The New York Herald is there though, and serves to label Black himself as “The New York Herald”. As seen in the stories within the book, Black is a “herald” of something that is to come – though he doesn’t know this. It is the various Lovecraftian figures whom he meets who have the hidden knowledge. The fact that most of the text of the building’s name is hidden from our view on the cover surely symbolizes the hidden nature of Black’s role. Oddly, when we see the outside of the Herald building for the first time inside the book, the space where the name would be has been left blank.

  • The cover depicts characters from various issues (left to right):
  1. Salem/Innsmouth fish-person (from Providence #3)
  2. Salem/Innsmouth fish-person
  3. Salem/Innsmouth fish-person
  4. Robert Black carrying his Commonplace Book
  5. squid-headed monster (from?)
  6. Tentacle-faced motorman from “The Thing in the Moonlight” (depicted on Providence #8 Dreamscape variant cover)
  7. star-faced monster (from?)
  8. Ghoul, aka saprovore (Providence #7)
Providence Act 1 variant - art by Jacen Burrows
Providence Act 1 variant – art by Jacen Burrows

Providence Act 1 Hardcover variant – see details at Bleeding Cool article. The cover depicts a scene that could be Black entering Innsmouth/Salem.

Providence Act 2 hardcover cover - art by Jacen Burrows
Providence Act 2 hardcover cover – art by Jacen Burrows

Providence Act 2 Hardcover – Robert Black is in front of the titular Witch House, shown in Providence #5 P8,p1. Above is Hezekiah Massey, to the right is Mr. Jenkins, both of whom are introduced in that issue.

 

16 thoughts on “Collected Editions & Miscellaneous Covers

  1. Third from the left has much more ophidian eyes than Deep Ones do (the Deep One in Neonomicon had solid-color eyes), so I think that’s actually a serpent-person.

    The star-faced thing talking to the ghoul could either be one of the star-headed men as described in the Issue 6 Commonplace Book entry, or possibly a reference to Burrow’s drawing of Yog-Sothoth for the Issue 4 Pantheon cover.

    Squid-head is most likely a standard take on Cthulhu’s appearance.

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    • To me he looks not so much oblivious as too busy thinking about something else to notice what’s happening. Here, and through the rest of the story.

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  2. This being the New York Herald Building, Robert Black is standing in front of the name of the paper, blocking from view everything but the first one and a half letters and part of the last.
    This is enough to remind us that the name The New York Herald is there though, and serves to label Black himself as “The New York Herald”.
    As seen in the stories within the book, Black is a “herald” of something that is to come – though he doesn’t know this. It is the various Lovecraftian figures whom he meets who have the hidden knowledge.
    The fact that most of the text of the building’s name is hidden from our view on the cover surely symbolises the hidden nature of Black’s role.
    Oddly, when we see the outside of the Herald building for the first time inside the book, the space where the name would be has been left blank.
    This is hidden knowledge indeed, at least from the reader.
    (I write as one who came late to the series, having bought no comics to date, only the hardback book edition. Someone who had already read the comics, seeing this cover for the first time, would know more about Black’s slowly emerging role.
    On the other hand, I have read the text of his web site re: issues 1 and 2, and seen a photo of the real Herald Buliding, which a general reader may well not have.)
    No need to discuss in detail how this fits so well with the general theme of the story.

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  3. And at first I thought there were two clocks showing different times (time zones?).
    Which I like D very much, and started constituting some symbolism around.
    But on more careful consideration, I think the dial on the right might be a barometer…
    Can anyone confirm this?

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