Keith Berdak was the cover artist for the first editions of the first six novels in the Black Company series. His six original artworks were the first face of the series. Two of these covers were later reused for their respective Polish and Bulgarian translations (shown below).
Regarding Berdak's artwork for the cover of the first edition of The Black Company, Glen Cook revealed in a 2002 interview (external link) that it was not originally planned but rather was selected during a chance encounter:
|“||The cover of The Black Company was a cover somebody made up for me. It was just an example. The marketing guy absolutely didn't want it. But, while it was on his desk, a buyer from a large chain bookstore came in and, not knowing anything about the book, said "I'll buy fifty thousand copies of anything with that on the cover," so they went with it.||”|