Tom Adams (illustrator)

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Tom Adams (born 1926) is an American illustrator.

He is most famous for his Agatha Christie paperback cover designs in the 1970s.[1] He also designed several covers for Raymond Chandler.[2] Adams also provided the illustrations for the hardback editions of John Fowles' The Collector, The Magus and The French Lieutenant's Woman.[3] He also created the covers for Patrick White's The Vivisector,[4] David Storey's Saville. Ghost Story by Peter Straub[5] and Kingsley Amis' Colonel Sun.[6]

Adams designed the album cover of Lou Reed's first solo album, called Lou Reed.


Adams' design for the Fontana Books edition of the Hercule Poirot mystery Death in the Clouds, featuring a giant wasp, inspired the monster in the Doctor Who adventure The Unicorn and the Wasp, broadcast in 2008. A copy of the book, featuring Adams' cover, appeared in the episode.


  1. ^ Symons, Julian (November 1981). Agatha Christie: The Art of Her Crimes. Everest House. ISBN 0-89696-144-3. 
  2. ^ Scott Dutton (25 January 2009). "Raymond Chandler by Tom Adams". Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Bob Goosmann (January 2004). "Collecting John Fowles". Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  4. ^ Ross Burnet. "A White Bibliography". Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  5. ^ Rick Kleffel (18 March 2002). "Lonely Old Men". Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Colonel Sun (1968)". Retrieved 22 February 2010.