Art of the Genre

Well, after having so much fun looking over my 'Top 10' classic module covers the other day, I started flipping modules over and looking at the back cover.  Now, it is interesting to note that prior to around 1983, TSR created color back cover artwork for all modules, then in what can be assumed was a cost savings initiative in 1984, started just using text on the back cover of modules.  This meant that 27 original modules had back cover artwork [save Against the Giants which featured an add for all three previous 'giants' adventures].  I find it incredibly sad that this tradition of back cover art was put aside as I think some of the finer pieces TSR ever produced can be found on the back page, so I thought today I'd show some artwork and see how many my fans could place.  Ready with a pencil and paper [of course you are, you play D&D!].  Answers can be found after the artwork!











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#1: A3 Assault on the Aerie of the Slave Lords - Erol Otus,

#2: N1 Against the Cult of the Reptile God - Harry Quinn

#3: S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks - Jim Roslof

#4: UK1 Beyond the Crystal Cave - David De Leuw

#5: X2: Castle Amber - Jim Roslof

#6: U2: Danger at Dunwater - David De Leuw

#7: Q1 Queen of the Demonweb Pits - Jeff Dee

#8: D1-2 Descent into the Depths of the Earth - Bill Willingham

#9: A4 In the Dungeons of the Slave Lords - Bill Willingham

#10: I1 Dwellers of the Forbidden City - Jim Roslof

Written by Scott Taylor — December 17, 2014


C. Wesley Clough:

Against the Cult of the Reptile God is not “A1” it is, in fact, N1.

December 17 2014 at 11:12 AM


The pic for #9 shows something not even in the module. Never understood the slack embellishment there.

December 20 2014 at 02:12 PM

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