Dangerous Minds has posted a collection of artist David Pelman’s iconic covers for the penguin paperback collection of JG Ballard novels. I’ve been collecting these editions for awhile. They’re usually pretty easy to find and can be picked up on the cheap.
Ballard’s work seems to bring out the best in graphic designers. Two others that come to mind are Jerry Bauer’s mirror-like cover for Cocaine Nights and Chris Foss’ enjoyably over-the-top covers for Crash and High Rise (not ideal for subway reading?).
For those still interested, read this interview with Rick McGrath on collecting Ballard novels.