Escape From New York is one of the greatest science fiction, post-apocalyptic, films and one of John Carpenter’s greatest cinematic triumphs.

The movie takes place in the future, um, 1997. Okay, our “old” future.

New York City has been turned into a hellish prison with its own rules. Air Force One has a problem and the U.S. President, played by the brilliant British actor Donald Pleasance (with no hint of American accent), lands in New York City.

Our hero, the bad-ass criminal Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is brought in to save the Prez…until it is too late.

The movie features Adrienne Barbeau (hell yeah!), Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton, and Ernest Borgnine(“The Devil’s Rain”, “Marty”).

Anyway..the novelization is cool because it opens with a prologue that was cut from the movie. The prologue follows Snake Plissken on a heist. Character establishment.

Being a novelization, it is a very fast read.

But what’s wacky is that there are different covers for the book.

This cover features Kurt Russell as the famous Snake Plissken. Kinda groovy and makes perfect sense.

Escape from New York Vintage Paperback Book Kurt Russell Sci Fi

Now, this other cover features a nerdy looking guy with George Lucas’ haircut. It seems this cover artist never saw the film and had no idea what Kurt Russell looked like.

Escape from New York Second Cover Vintage Paperback Sci Fi

Here’s a detail of this dude with George Lucas’ hair. The guy even has glasses (or is that a bad attempt at an eye-patch?)

Escape From New York Vintage Paperback Cover Art