And then you see German covers for FF books...
Right there here's the first one in which a 1970s Hobbit contemplates the petrified corpse of a massively obese wizard that has been hollowed out to allow Brothers Grimm characters to nest inside. Note that the Warlock's treasure is in fact outside the mountain thus defeating the object of much of the book. This actually isn't the worst German cover and the two red D6 turn up on other early covers of German FF books which is a clever touch but... I think it's the child-like nature of the main character and the daft assumption that a children's book with "You" as the hero implies that the murderous robbing bastard out to off the Warlock and thieve his gold is in fact only 11 years old.
Let's be honest though - if John Blanche drew a 1970s Hobbit contemplating the petrified corpse of a massively obese wizard that has been hollowed out to allow Brothers Grimm characters to nest inside for WFRP it would be fucking epic.
For the second releases of the German FF tranlations it appears that the publishers just reused some fantasy artwork from "somewhere else". Perhaps this was cheaper. Anyway this does mean that somewhat awesomely the late Josh Kirby has illustrated Discworld, Corgi's UK printing of the Tunnels and Trolls series and a Fighting Fantasy book. Superb! We'll overlook the fact that this is clearly a tiny detail section of a much larger Kirby illo and makes no sense at all in this context since he is battling with something "off screen" visible only by the fingers of it's right hand. Kirby - good. Layout - shocking.
What a lovely cover. It looks an ideal book to read a chapter from to your 8 year old at bedtime. Friendly font, watercolour. Charming children's book. I bet the young hero is a lad whom your nipper would identify with - perhaps a proto Harry Potter. The Warlock and those cuddly monsters look happy and pleasant as well.
(West German parent in the 80s flips through book with the nipper for bedtime tale. Goblin being whipped by Goblin overseer who accidentally has two right hands, Nicholson's infamous Ghoul illo, Zombies, an arrow of Vampire euthanasia, chain-smoking Dwarves a mad old bastard knee deep in filth and excrement that accidentally gets run through with sword and plenty of amoral killthemandtaketheirgold and grimdark. GROSS GOTT WHAT ARE THE INSELAFFEN READING TO THEIR CHILDREN!?)
There's more of this to come including possibly the worst piece of stock artwork reuse evah.
(All pics from gamebooks.org with totally no permission whatsoever.)