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8th Apr '17 8:52:36 PM nombretomado
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** Music/CannibalCorpse (who give us that wonderful image) are notorious for this, to the point that pretty much every album has two covers: the uncensored cover and the cover you'll find in stores (or in the ''RockBand'' song selection screen).

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** Music/CannibalCorpse (who give us that wonderful image) are notorious for this, to the point that pretty much every album has two covers: the uncensored cover and the cover you'll find in stores (or in the ''RockBand'' ''VideoGame/RockBand'' song selection screen).
2nd Apr '17 9:16:00 PM AthenaBlue
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** [[Creator/WenSpencer Wen Spencer's]] ''Tinker'' books all suffer this to an extent, but none so much as the third book ''Elfhome''. While it gains points by actually somewhat being related to events in the book, it loses them for [[http://www.baenebooks.com/images/Product/large/9781451637830B.jpg everything else.]]

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** [[Creator/WenSpencer Wen Spencer's]] ''Tinker'' ''Literature/{{Tinker}}'' books all suffer this to an extent, but none so much as the third book ''Elfhome''. While it gains points by actually somewhat being related to events in the book, it loses them for [[http://www.baenebooks.com/images/Product/large/9781451637830B.jpg everything else.]]
2nd Apr '17 4:03:09 PM SpukiKitty
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*** Certainly taking ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin and cranking it UpToEleven. Damn!
2nd Apr '17 3:52:14 PM SpukiKitty
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** In that same vein, they'll do a video of "News Bloopers" and have the thumbnail of two anchor people reporting and the female one with an enormous exposed buxom cleavage (that was shopped in the pic)....again, she likely doesn't appear in the video and the real woman was likely more conservatively-attired.
20th Mar '17 5:09:33 PM MikeK
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* The originally intended artwork to Music/RobZombie's remix album ''Mondo Sex Head'' depicted a bottomless Sheri Moon Zombie from behind. After stores refused to carry the album, an alternate design featuring a kitten was used - Rob Zombie described this as replacing an "ass shot" with a "pussy shot".

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* The originally intended artwork to Music/RobZombie's remix album ''Mondo Sex Head'' depicted a bottomless Sheri Moon Zombie from behind. After stores refused to carry the album, an alternate a new design featuring a kitten was used, and the photo of Sheri Moon was only used for the vinyl edition - Rob Zombie described this the use of the alternate cover as replacing an "ass shot" with a "pussy shot".shot".
* Music/TheSmiths' debut single "Hand In Glove" featured an image of a naked man from behind, a licensed photograph by homoerotic photographer Jim French which was originally published long before the single's release. Morrissey chose the cover art and was deliberately courting controversy with the sleeve. Later on, The Smiths were trying to get vocalist Sandie Shaw to cover some of their material, and at one point they sent her a copy of the "Hand In Glove" single: She did cover the song, but the artwork didn't leave a good initial impression, as she reportedly exclaimed to her husband "he's started sending me pictures of naked men with their bums showing!".
15th Mar '17 2:09:36 PM dvorak
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* The tabletop RPG ''[[http://www.world-domination-llc.com/games/partyrpgs/glisteningchests.shtml Glistening Chests]]'' was created as a parody and {{Deconstruction}} of contemptible covers.

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* The tabletop RPG ''[[http://www.world-domination-llc.com/games/partyrpgs/glisteningchests.shtml Glistening Chests]]'' ''Glistening Chests'' was created as a parody and {{Deconstruction}} of contemptible covers.


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* The first edition cover for ''TableopGame/IronClaw'' is a fan-art of Lina and Naga from ''LightNovel/The Slayers'' as a fox and a wolf, Naga dancing in the background in her signature dental floss.
5th Mar '17 8:52:12 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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* Most of the covers for ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' are pretty tame, although there ''is'' one cover that features Rue in a bird cage wearing a corset and a tutu that covers basically nothing. It's based on a real ballet (as all of the covers are), and it's highly symbolic, so it's not ''too'' out of place...but then ADV decided to use that picture as the cover for the boxset. Considering Rue isn't even the title character, the fans were confused and embarrassed by the move. Luckily in later editions the eponymous MagicalGirl is shown on the cover in a less provocative pose.

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* Most of the covers for ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' are pretty tame, although there ''is'' one cover that features Rue in a bird cage wearing a corset and a tutu that covers basically nothing. It's based on a real ballet (as all of the covers are), and it's highly symbolic, so it's not ''too'' out of place... but then ADV decided to use that picture as the cover for the boxset. Considering Rue isn't even the title character, the fans were confused and embarrassed by the move. Luckily in later editions the eponymous MagicalGirl is shown on the cover in a less provocative pose.



* For Creator/DCComics' June 2015 comics, a number of titles bore variant covers featuring ComicBook/TheJoker. Many of them were humorous...but [[http://cdn.bleedingcool.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/BG-Cv41-Joker-variant-solicitation-68d7f.jpg this cover]] for ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2011}} was not one of them. Some fans were disgusted by the cover given the character's history with The Joker and initiated a counterattack. Due to the backlash, the artist requested that DC remove the cover.

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* For Creator/DCComics' June 2015 comics, a number of titles bore variant covers featuring ComicBook/TheJoker. Many of them were humorous... but [[http://cdn.bleedingcool.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/BG-Cv41-Joker-variant-solicitation-68d7f.jpg this cover]] for ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2011}} was not one of them. Some fans were disgusted by the cover given the character's history with The Joker and initiated a counterattack. Due to the backlash, the artist requested that DC remove the cover.



** Pratchett himself was a fan, while acknowledging the weaknesses .("It's true that even if you hit him on the head with a hammer he wouldn't draw a non-cronelike Granny, so I've stopped doing it.")

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** Pratchett himself was a fan, while acknowledging the weaknesses .weaknesses. ("It's true that even if you hit him on the head with a hammer he wouldn't draw a non-cronelike Granny, so I've stopped doing it.")



* Sharyn [=McCrumb=]'s book ''Literature/BimbosOfTheDeathSun'' parodies this trope: Jay Omega is an engineer who wrote a perfectly respectable hard science fiction book, which unfortunately ended up slapped with...well, THAT title and a Contemptible Cover featuring a scantily-clad bimbo clinging to the leg of a man in a labcoat. As a result, Jay does his best to keep people from knowing he wrote the book, for fear that they'll judge it by its cover and he'll receive an unpleasant visit from the college's {{Straw Feminist}}s. When he ends up attending a local sci-fi con, one of the organizers tells Jay that the artist is here and that he should go say hello; his unspoken response is "With a battleaxe, maybe". Much to [=McCrumb=]'s chagrin, the first paperback edition of the book looked remarkably similar to how she described the fictional book's cover.

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* Sharyn [=McCrumb=]'s book ''Literature/BimbosOfTheDeathSun'' parodies this trope: Jay Omega is an engineer who wrote a perfectly respectable hard science fiction book, which unfortunately ended up slapped with... well, THAT title and a Contemptible Cover featuring a scantily-clad bimbo clinging to the leg of a man in a labcoat. As a result, Jay does his best to keep people from knowing he wrote the book, for fear that they'll judge it by its cover and he'll receive an unpleasant visit from the college's {{Straw Feminist}}s. When he ends up attending a local sci-fi con, one of the organizers tells Jay that the artist is here and that he should go say hello; his unspoken response is "With a battleaxe, maybe". Much to [=McCrumb=]'s chagrin, the first paperback edition of the book looked remarkably similar to how she described the fictional book's cover.



** Kilgore Trout was originally created as a fictionalized version of [[StealthPun Theodore Sturgeon]], who'd suffered more than his share of contemptible covers in his time, as mentioned above. Many real authors have suffered the same fate as Mr. Trout, and were published only in porn magazines for the longest time, such as Creator/StephenKing, or Creator/PhilipJoseFarmer...the latter of whom once wrote a novel (''Venus on the Half-Shell'') under the pseudonym of "Kilgore Trout"!

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** Kilgore Trout was originally created as a fictionalized version of [[StealthPun Theodore Sturgeon]], who'd suffered more than his share of contemptible covers in his time, as mentioned above. Many real authors have suffered the same fate as Mr. Trout, and were published only in porn magazines for the longest time, such as Creator/StephenKing, or Creator/PhilipJoseFarmer... the latter of whom once wrote a novel (''Venus on the Half-Shell'') under the pseudonym of "Kilgore Trout"!



* The earlier ''Literature/AnitaBlake'' books, which don't focus nearly so much on steamy action. The original covers (when the series was still marketed as young adult fiction) aren't bad, but the reprinted ones all depicted some barely covered part of a woman's body clad in silk or satin...for a book that was mostly about vampires and werewolves and gruesome murders. (The later books ended up about vampires and werewolves and necromancers getting it on in various combinations.)

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* The earlier ''Literature/AnitaBlake'' books, which don't focus nearly so much on steamy action. The original covers (when the series was still marketed as young adult fiction) aren't bad, but the reprinted ones all depicted some barely covered part of a woman's body clad in silk or satin... for a book that was mostly about vampires and werewolves and gruesome murders. (The later books ended up about vampires and werewolves and necromancers getting it on in various combinations.)



* The original British cover of Nick Harkaway's ''Literature/TheGoneAwayWorld'' is fittingly dark and harsh, and doesn't complicate things by trying to depict any characters. The American cover, for reasons completely unknown, is also very simple...except it's ''bright pink'' with lime-green lettering. And even worse, though this isn't obvious when it's taken out of a library, the standard hardcover edition of the book was made of some sort of velvety or fuzzy material! A casual observer would ''never'' guess it was a MindScrew-laden AfterTheEnd novel.

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* The original British cover of Nick Harkaway's ''Literature/TheGoneAwayWorld'' is fittingly dark and harsh, and doesn't complicate things by trying to depict any characters. The American cover, for reasons completely unknown, is also very simple... except it's ''bright pink'' with lime-green lettering. And even worse, though this isn't obvious when it's taken out of a library, the standard hardcover edition of the book was made of some sort of velvety or fuzzy material! A casual observer would ''never'' guess it was a MindScrew-laden AfterTheEnd novel.



** Unfortunately, the character is still wearing that outfit on the cover of her next book, which tries to justify it by claiming that the armor has heavy protective spells on it. How this is supposed to work with the previous explanation is...not very clear.

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** Unfortunately, the character is still wearing that outfit on the cover of her next book, which tries to justify it by claiming that the armor has heavy protective spells on it. How this is supposed to work with the previous explanation is... not very clear.



* Not even the Franchise/BattleTechExpandedUniverse is immune. Behold [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/File:D.R.T..jpg the cover]] for "D.R.T." (It's an acronym for "Dead Right There" and is every bit as awkward and forced a phrase as it sounds.) The events as pictured...kind of happen at the climax of the story, but the distressing amount of emphasis on every bit of the anatomy of the man on the left and the somewhat unusual posing overall leaves explanations of the cover confusing at best. If it looks uncannily familiar, it should be--it's by Creator/BorisVallejo, one of several such covers. Amusingly, his [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/File:The_Price_of_Glory_%28reprint%29.jpg Battletech]] [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/File:Close_Quarters.jpg women]] all look considerably more reasonable, even if his [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/File:Ideal_War.jpg understanding of Battlemechs]] is a tad loose.

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* Not even the Franchise/BattleTechExpandedUniverse is immune. Behold [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/File:D.R.T..jpg the cover]] for "D.R.T." (It's an acronym for "Dead Right There" and is every bit as awkward and forced a phrase as it sounds.) The events as pictured... kind of happen at the climax of the story, but the distressing amount of emphasis on every bit of the anatomy of the man on the left and the somewhat unusual posing overall leaves explanations of the cover confusing at best. If it looks uncannily familiar, it should be--it's by Creator/BorisVallejo, one of several such covers. Amusingly, his [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/File:The_Price_of_Glory_%28reprint%29.jpg Battletech]] [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/File:Close_Quarters.jpg women]] all look considerably more reasonable, even if his [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/File:Ideal_War.jpg understanding of Battlemechs]] is a tad loose.



* Music/DimmuBorgir has some strange cover art. Whether it be a faceless-goat-thingy, another goat thing with exposed breasts or a headless, limbless and naked angel wrapped in barbed wire...it's not pretty.

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* Music/DimmuBorgir has some strange cover art. Whether it be a faceless-goat-thingy, another goat thing with exposed breasts or a headless, limbless and naked angel wrapped in barbed wire... it's not pretty.



*** Brazil has [[http://sambasafari.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/todos-os-olhos.jpg a variant]] (though it does look like a marble in a mouth instead of...ya know).

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*** Brazil has [[http://sambasafari.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/todos-os-olhos.jpg a variant]] (though it does look like a marble in a mouth instead of... ya know).



*** Blind Faith is interesting in that the ''planned'' model was legal-age...but then she declined at the last minute. The model they used was her kid sister, who volunteered when her older sister ditched.

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*** Blind Faith is interesting in that the ''planned'' model was legal-age... but then she declined at the last minute. The model they used was her kid sister, who volunteered when her older sister ditched.



** While still on the subject of Music/TheBeatles...good luck looking at The Beatles the same way ever again after seeing [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Beatles_-_Butcher_Cover.jpg the original cover]] of ''Yesterday and Today''. While the photo was originally taken for a conceptual art piece, Paul [=McCartney=] did choose it for the album, but he was thankfully overruled.

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** While still on the subject of Music/TheBeatles... good luck looking at The Beatles the same way ever again after seeing [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Beatles_-_Butcher_Cover.jpg the original cover]] of ''Yesterday and Today''. While the photo was originally taken for a conceptual art piece, Paul [=McCartney=] did choose it for the album, but he was thankfully overruled.



** Their album ''What You See Is What You Get'' has a cover depicting a completely SFW photo of a dog...until you open it, and fold out the booklet, and it's revealed to be [[spoiler: cropped from a photo of mating dogs.]]

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** Their album ''What You See Is What You Get'' has a cover depicting a completely SFW photo of a dog... until you open it, and fold out the booklet, and it's revealed to be [[spoiler: cropped from a photo of mating dogs.]]



* Due to the way their logo is drawn, ''Music/AnalCunt'' themselves do count as well...and, y'know, their name.

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* Due to the way their logo is drawn, ''Music/AnalCunt'' themselves do count as well... and, y'know, their name.



* [[http://blueollie.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/moroniccoward.jpg Smooth move, Mr. "God, Guts & Guns".]] Even for [[Music/TedNugent Terrible Ted]], this is...tacky.

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* [[http://blueollie.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/moroniccoward.jpg Smooth move, Mr. "God, Guts & Guns".]] Even for [[Music/TedNugent Terrible Ted]], this is... tacky.
27th Feb '17 7:50:32 PM NanoMoose
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* Played with ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' as many non-English-language covers are awful and do the series no justice.

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* Played with Many non-English-language covers of ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' as many non-English-language covers are awful and do the series no justice.



** About half the covers for ''Podkayne of Mars'' also feature a provocatively dressed girl - especially unfortunate if that's supposed to be the protagonist, as she is ''fifteen'' Earth years old in the book.
* [[http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3126/2736200543_5374bdfe94_z.jpg The American cover]] of Creator/CharlesStross' ''Literature/SaturnsChildren''. Being one of the Nerd Authors, Stross has a blog, on which he wrote [[http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2008/04/preemptive_alert.html concerning the cover]]. It essentially says, "Gosh, I wish they hadn't put this cover on my book." In this case, the problem is purely related to the "Embarrassed to read on a bus" issue, as the novel is, in fact, about a ridiculously beautiful sexbot. It's an homage to the later Heinlein works described above, after all.

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** About half the covers for ''Podkayne of Mars'' also feature a provocatively dressed girl - especially unfortunate if that's supposed to be the protagonist, as she is ''fifteen'' Earth who's ''fifteen years old old'' in the book.
* [[http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3126/2736200543_5374bdfe94_z.jpg The American cover]] of Creator/CharlesStross' ''Literature/SaturnsChildren''. Being one of the Nerd Authors, Stross has a blog, on which he wrote [[http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2008/04/preemptive_alert.html concerning the cover]]. It essentially says, "Gosh, I wish they hadn't put this cover on my book." In this case, the problem is purely related to the "Embarrassed "embarrassed to read on a bus" issue, as the novel is, in fact, about a ridiculously beautiful sexbot. It's an homage to the later Heinlein works described above, after all.



** Pratchett himself was a fan, while acknowledging the weaknesses ("It's true that even if you hit him on the head with a hammer he wouldn't draw a non-cronelike Granny, so I've stopped doing it.")

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** Pratchett himself was a fan, while acknowledging the weaknesses weaknesses .("It's true that even if you hit him on the head with a hammer he wouldn't draw a non-cronelike Granny, so I've stopped doing it.")



* The "classic" [[RomanceCoverScene romance novel cover]]--a woman with long, flowing hair (that may or may not match the hair color of the actual main female character) and a man with lots of muscles, both half-dressed, holding each other in what looks like a mighty uncomfortable sexual position. Though the highly stereotyped and often (justly) mocked "clinch" contemptible cover was for a long time a staple of romance novels, in the past decade its use has declined drastically. A lot of romance novels now feature stock photos of very muscled male chests and arms, or a neck-up photograph of a kissing couple, photoshopped to look vaguely artsy--not respectable, per se, but not contemptible either. Some try to have the best of both worlds by having a simple, solid cover with just the title and author's name on it, with what would have been the Contemptible Cover on the front flyleaf instead. See some {{egregious}} examples of these (pre-snarked for your convenience) [[http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/blog/category/covers_gone_wild_non_snoop_dogg_edition here]].

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* The "classic" [[RomanceCoverScene romance novel cover]]--a cover]] -- a woman with long, flowing hair (that may or may not match the hair color of the actual main female character) and a man with lots of muscles, both half-dressed, holding each other in what looks like a mighty uncomfortable sexual position. Though the highly stereotyped and often (justly) mocked "clinch" contemptible cover was for a long time a staple of romance novels, in the past decade its use has declined drastically. A lot of romance novels now feature stock photos of very muscled male chests and arms, or a neck-up photograph of a kissing couple, photoshopped to look vaguely artsy--not artsy -- not respectable, per se, but not contemptible either. Some try to have the best of both worlds by having a simple, solid cover with just the title and author's name on it, with what would have been the Contemptible Cover on the front flyleaf instead. See some {{egregious}} examples of these (pre-snarked for your convenience) [[http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/blog/category/covers_gone_wild_non_snoop_dogg_edition here]].
26th Feb '17 9:29:13 AM ZemplinTemplar
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* The cover for ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'' has a monster stalking you on the front cover. It looks more like a duck quacking at you than a horribly deformed monster stalking you in one of the most creepy games to have come out in recent years. It also completely defies the winning formula the game has of making the creature scarier by not allowing you, the player, to get a good look at it.

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* The cover Most covers for ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'' are [[http://www.3djuegos.com/juegos/5230/amnesia_the_dark_descent/fotos/ficha/amnesia_the_dark_descent-1715346.jpg tastefully done]], but the box art for a particular North American release has a monster stalking you on the front cover.cover... and [[http://www.mobygames.com/images/covers/l/258924-amnesia-the-dark-descent-windows-front-cover.jpg it's ridiculous]]. It looks more like a duck quacking at you than a horribly deformed monster stalking you in one of the most creepy games to have come out in recent years. It also completely defies the winning formula the game has of making the creature scarier by not allowing you, the player, to get a good look at it. And the man on the cover looks like he came from the present, even though the game is firmly set in the early 19th century.
26th Feb '17 4:18:31 AM Silverblade2
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* For Creator/DCComics' June 2015 comics, a number of titles bore variant covers featuring SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. Many of them were humorous...but [[http://cdn.bleedingcool.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/BG-Cv41-Joker-variant-solicitation-68d7f.jpg this cover]] for ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2011}} was not one of them. Some fans were disgusted by the cover given the character's history with The Joker and initiated a counterattack. Due to the backlash, the artist requested that DC remove the cover.

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* For Creator/DCComics' June 2015 comics, a number of titles bore variant covers featuring SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.ComicBook/TheJoker. Many of them were humorous...but [[http://cdn.bleedingcool.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/BG-Cv41-Joker-variant-solicitation-68d7f.jpg this cover]] for ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2011}} was not one of them. Some fans were disgusted by the cover given the character's history with The Joker and initiated a counterattack. Due to the backlash, the artist requested that DC remove the cover.
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