Penguin Celebrates 75

Oh, those lovely Penguins! Penguin Books turns 75 this year. To celebrate, Penguin US has commissioned tattoo artists to create cover art for six classic titles (seen here is Berk Krak's cover for Martin Amis' Money), while Penguin UK has issued a new Penguin Decades series.

Take a look at this wonderful article in last week's Guardian newspaper -- complete with photo of past FB&C contributor and Penguin collector Steve Hare. Hare owns 15,000 Penguins. Alison Flood writes, "Penguin titles are not only among the most recognisable in literature but also a magnet for collectors." In fact, the Penguin Collectors Society encourages a younger generation to take up Penguins. Hare told the Guardian, "[We're] not simply about collecting, but for anyone interested in graphic design, publishing history, illustration, and the joys and pleasures of the physical book."

P.S. an excerpt of Penguin by Illustrators, edited by Hare, is available here.