Don’t forget the spine

I was unpacking boxes of books last night and ran across a trade paperback of the Powers comic book. As you can see from the cover, this volume is called “Cosmic.”

Nothing to see here. Please move along.

But the spine—the part that usually faces outward on a bookshelf and is most visible—has a little problem.

Nothing to -- whoa! What's that?

This edition was published in 2007, so this is an old typo that has since been corrected in reprints, but it’s still one of my favorites. It’s a good reminder that mistakes can slip past you in unexpected places.

Also, give the book’s editor credit for owning up to the mistake.

One thought on “Don’t forget the spine

  1. Ouch. That’s up there with the one on the spine of the one and only novel I ever cowrote: “Legacy of Freedon.” With an N. Silly me, I thought the (fly-by-night) publisher had editors and proofreaders on staff. (They did not.) When I mentioned as much to the publisher, I had my head handed to me.

    That could explain a lot about the last 14 years or so, actually.


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