While it hasn't been directly announced by WotC on the site, it's been all over the rest of the net, including pre-orders on Amazon. My question is this: how do you think that the 2e covers will be altered? The job WotC did on the 3.5 premiums was, in my opinion, even better than the original covers. The 1e premium covers are okay, but I can seem WotC doing something similar with the 2e covers, hopefully with the original 1989 Easley artwork (seriously, the 2e DMG had the best cover of all D&D core rulebooks, period.)
It has to be the original art if they want all the old grognards to buy in. While I prefer the easy to read text of the revised "black" edition, the artwork of the originals is by far some of my favorite ever done for D&D. I remember when the black editions came out and my D&D group hating the covers. Put the original and the black edition side by side and tell me which looks more awesome.
There's no doubt about it, they have to use the 1989 Easley covers.
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