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Mar 31

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NoiselessPenguin Comments: I tried to make a list of what’s wrong with this cover, and stopped when I realised: EVERYTHING.

Thanks to NoiselessPenguin, I’ve never laughed so much!

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of artI would touch it without protective glovesI have seen worse. Far, far worseInteresting, but I would still read it in publicMiddling: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lamé picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show, Sir.... Good Show! (Average: 8.92 out of 10)
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29 Responses to “West of January”

  1. SI Says:

    Some people buy motorbikes. Others, expensive sports cars. And then there are the silent few who ride killer whales. His appendage must be huge!

  2. Simon Says:

    Free Knobul!

  3. Adam Roberts Says:

    The Destiny of the ‘Sword’.

  4. SI Says:

    Do you think his whale can walk on land? Kinda limits exactly where one can be a hero.

  5. Zazu Yen Says:

    I think this was meant to be an Aquaman tie-in, but DC rejected it.

    Sadly, later in life the whale and man become estranged, the whale turns white due to stress and Knobul changes his name, becomes a sea captain.

    Things go generally downhill from there.

  6. James Lovegrove Says:

    Knobil. Well, I suppose your knob would be il after riding an orca bareback. That cartilaginous hide can be soooo rough.

  7. CSA Says:

    I really love this cover, it speaks to me of a child like joy of life or possibly of a homeless mans joy of life, more specifically, a homeless man whos best friend is a killer whale… I shed a single tear when i saw the reprint cover , it was like being told santa wasnt real

  8. SI Says:

    James> Strangely sounds like you’ve had experience riding a whale bareback. I find that a little disturbing… just a little. haha

  9. Michael Steele, the homosexual ghost Says:

    Of course the hero’s name would have the word “knob” in it. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Worth $2000 at least, so long as he doesn’t want to marry another dude. Unless that killer whale is a dude. Then … well … I’m going to stop talking now.

  10. Jim Ryan Says:

    So this is what Sea World will look like after the apocalypse…

  11. LP Says:

    Dave Duncan, author of “The Destiny of the Sword” and also “The Sword of Destiny” and also “The Destiny Sword” and also “The Sword Destiny”. Not to be confused with David Duncan, author of “The Fate of the Blade” and also “The Blade of Fate” and also….

  12. Traveler Says:

    Oh my Cthulhu! I just bit into my keyboard… Real hard!

  13. Bookworm Bas Says:

    Let’s keep Cthulhu out of this no need to wake the Elder Gods.
    : P

  14. irisclara Says:

    This cover needs a faithful otter sidekick. Or maybe a pod of evil dolphins. Everyone knows dolphins are evil, right.

  15. JustinLeego Says:

    Well, it certainly looks like a Sweet show from here!

    As with all the Good Show Sir covers, if there are any details missing or incorrect please leave a comment or get in touch using the sumbit form.

  16. Pathman Says:

    You are seeing a man about to fall off, i think…

  17. John T Says:

    Caption: “Wheeeeeeeeee!” Scene not in book. Nothing even vaguely resembling scene in book. Disturbing insight into the artist’s personal life gratefully received.

  18. Mat T Says:

    ‘West of January’ perhaps. Somewhere south of taste and decency, certainly.

  19. Sam Finnemore Says:

    CSA @ 7: Publisher’s Weekly clearly had the original cover edition in mind when they gave their opinion on this one:

    “Painted in bold strokes with pleasingly offbeat and entertaining results.”

  20. David Cowie Says:

    I know that Del Rey hired Darrell Sweet to do most of their fantasy
    covers in the ’80s even though they thought he was a lousy artist
    because his covers sold books.

    Lawrence Watt-Evans in the Usenet group rec.arts.sf.written.
    Archived here

  21. A.R. Says:

    OW – OW – OW – OW – OW -

  22. Joachim Says:

    Women love his orca….

  23. arch9enius Says:

    If whales have good brakes… That guy should’ve fitted a saddle.

  24. ASterling Says:

    I did my post before checking out the top ranked covers. I can’t even breathe . . . Knobul!!!

  25. Lege Artis Says:

    And the guy looks like Chuck Norris….

  26. Stevie T Says:

    I wince everytime I look at this.

    The two of them better maintain a synchronous speed, or “Chuck” there is going to smack his “Knobil” into the dorsal.

  27. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The anatomy on the killer whale is off. Killer whales have actual snouts, meaning that their fronts don’t end bullet-shaped like hers. Yes, it’s a her, you can tell from the dorsal fin, which is awfully far forward. The eye is out of place, it should be further up and a bit back.The pectoral fins should be in front of the dorsal fin. Also, there’s a hairy git riding her, which is goofy. Unless you’re wearing armour and your son’s life is on the line (and God help you if you get that ref!)

  28. Yoss Says:

    The thing I find fascinating about this entry at goodshowsir is that the word “blowhole” doesn’t appear in any of the comments. Must I be the one to gather the low-hanging fruit?

  29. Phil Says:

    The thing I find fascinating is that I have looked at this one a hundred times, but apparently never commented. How remiss of me.

    All I can think of is: “Shamu! Shamu!”

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