Fighting Fantasy Collector's Guide
Versions, Prints, and Publishers
By 1984 The Warlock of Firetop Mountain had been reprinted 18 times but the cover had remained unchanged, a unique cover which was never recreated for any of the other books, however over the lifetime of the book it has seen a number of other covers.
Many people like to keep their collection to the same cover style. The books were originally published by Penguin Books under their Puffin Label. The six different cover versions are pictured to the right.
The first cover variant featured multi-coloured spines which differed with each book and the number of the book was printed in an asterisk on the front cover.
The second cover variant featured a regular green spine common to all titles with the book number printed upon it, the cover featured a banner at the top with the book number in the top right hand corner above a green Final Fantasy Logo.
The third cover variant featured the regular green spine which is numbered the logo has moved to the bottom right hand corner of the cover and the book number is in a yellow oval in the top right hand corner. The lettering of the author's name is rendered in a metallic bronze effect.
The fourth cover variant featured the regular green spine without a number, the logo is in yellow in the bottom right hand corner of the book and the number has also been removed from the cover. The author's name is rendered in a metallic bronze effect.
The fifth cover variant featured the regular green spine with the number the logo is in yellow in the bottom right hand corner of the book. There is no number on the cover.
The sixth cover variant featured is the same as the fifth except the author's name is in black ink.
In order to have all books all with identical variants it is only possible to collect the sixth cover variant and there is thus a small premium on these prints.
The other popular choice is to collect the first print of each book (or the cover variant that was in place during the initial release), whilst Warlock of Firetop Mountain was publish 18 times under the first cover variant this was chiefly due to the size of the print runs and unexpected success of the book. A true first print in good condition is thus a remarkably rare item.
DELL US PRINTS
In the US the publication of fighting fantasy was completed by Dell Publications
WIZARD BOOK LIMITED COLLECTOR EDITIONS
In 2000 by popular demand the old classics were dusted off, smartened up and sent back into circulation by Wizard Books The numbering of the books has changed. Note that the print runs on some of these books will far exceed the original Puffin first print run, particularly on The Warlock of Firetop Mountain. They are of course more likely to be in much better shape.