Covers for a “bizarre” series

Imagine Publishing (whose slogan is “Edu-taining” the book-buying public) wanted fun and funny covers for their Bizarre series, which pulls together strange and outrageous stories from different subject areas. The covers each needed to be unique but still share a family resemblance with the others in the series.

Which cover for a puzzle book?

For each assignment, I create at least three cover designs, trying to make them as different from each other as possible, while still following the direction provided by the publisher. Often one of the designs is chosen, but other times the first three only help to refine the vision, and a second round is necessary.