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The Skook by JP Miller

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Dec 23rd, 2019. Artwork published in .
    The Skook by JP Miller 1
    Source: https://www.flickr.com Frank Grießhammer. License: CC BY-NC-SA.

    Published by Warner Books in 1984, The Skook is a novel by JP Miller

    about a spelunker confronting a cave creature who may or may not be from his own imagination. In what was the first use of a hologram on a book cover, the Skook was sketched by Miller and then sculpted by Eidetic Images, Inc., an American Bank Note subsidiary. Warner Books paid $6000 for the hologram elements, part of a $50,000 publicity campaign.

    The typeface isn’t half bad either. It’s Davison Bolero, drawn by Meyer “Dave” Davison for Photo-Lettering, Inc. A variation on the Othello theme, it’s distinguished by notches in the counters, hyper-extended descending stems, and tiny serif. Bolero is shown in PLINC’s Alphabet Thesaurus Vol. 3 (1971) alongside Davison Fandango, a variant with tendril-like terminals.

    Davison Bolero and Fandango in PLINC’s One Line Manual of Styles, 1971.
    Photo: Florian Hardwig. License: CC BY-NC-SA.

    Davison Bolero and Fandango in PLINC’s One Line Manual of Styles, 1971.

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