When you think of the best in romance novels from the 1980’s, the typical bodice ripper comes to mind. And when you think of those iconic covers, you think of only one man:
Fabio. The real Italian Stallion (sorry, Sly Stallone).
Did you know that he graced the cover of over 400 titles?! Though he didn’t become a household name until the 90s, the 80s is where it all got started.
In honor of the man, we’ve ranked the best Fabio covers we could find from the start of his career. Check it out!
5. Why are you wearing clothes?
You can hardly tell this is Fabio. We trust the international fan club wouldn’t steer us wrong, though. What’s with the hair? Long and flowing is what we want! Plus, dubious consent? She looks like she’s on something.
4. Wait. Is he supposed to be an Indian? Or is this cultural appropriation?
Look at all that submissiveness, swooning, and lowkey racism.
3. Is this a paranormal romance?
‘Cause those arms are making us think werewolf.
2. We’re not even sure what they’re leaning on.
A tree? A mountain? What is happening here!?
★★ DRUM ROLL PLEASE ★★
1. Whoa! Is the woman actually in the dominant position?
Looks like she is! Bonus points for clever title placement.
Honorable Mention: We don’t know the book or year, but where are your clothes, sir?! Just a casual stroll through the hay, buck-ass nekkid. And we might be wrong, but we don’t think that’s quite how things…work.
Did we miss your favorite? Let us know in the comments.