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It's not that I don't want to look at the planet exploding... it's just really hard to turn in this suit.Click for full image

Jaouad Comments: Does this suit make my package look too small? Or anything else, for that matter?
Published 1978

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: 8.29 out of 10)
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17 Responses to “Gray Lensman”

  1. Kathryn Says:

    In a suit like that, I think the “deadliest enemies in space” will fall about laughing.

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    GRAY HUNCHBACK – stalwart defender of the posturally challenged!

  3. Ernest_The_Yak Says:

    His deadliest enemies are likely to be door handles, keypads, things that need picked up and anything that doesn’t just need blasted with his laser hands.

  4. Phil Says:

    Don’t know about his package, but those suit-legs have got to chafe quite a bit. Does he have spikes for hands, or is he holding a pair of Black & Decker drills?

    Oh, and big-metal-space-suited-guy: Lookout! Behind you!

  5. THX 1138 Says:

    I don’t think that’s a metal suit, I think it’s rubber – he’s going zorbing.

  6. Muttley Says:

    I’m sorry, the only way that suit can work is if his head has been detached from the rest of him and he’s been cyborged.

    Otherwise a very apt Doc Smith cover – look, there’s the blinding report and deafening flash right behind him.

  7. Tom Noir Says:

    Methinks those tiny spaceships are flying in the wrong direction.

  8. Ian Says:

    “I can’t believe they only had size XXL, I am pretty sure a L would have been fine”

  9. fred Says:

    There is only one Armor and that ain’t it.

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The artwork does draw attention to a problem most SF tends to dodge: Men are not anatomically ideal for mechanized armor.

    Or, put more bluntly: “OW!! MY BALLS!!”

  11. Phil Says:

    A.R.Yngve, you are right: most SF tends to dodge that issue. No mention of it in H.G.Wells that I recall, nor Verne, nor even Mary Shelley. And I don’t recall it turning up in Asimov’s Foundation series either.

  12. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    You know, from an artistic point what I find aesthetic about those spherical explosions is how neatly the pieces fit together. You are seeing something during the process of expansion, so the fire between pieces is really smoothly widening cracks and the pieces are perfect matches for each other, in an image of almost mathematical beauty. It’s like an expanding balloon, a metaphor for the universe itself.

    … Orrr, you could just throw some black smudges together in the visual equivalent of a kid saying “Boom!”

  13. bob Says:

    I’ve recently purchased the books from your last 2 posts. If you get a third I will have to play the lottery.

  14. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    It’s Ben Affleck, in spaaaaaaaaace!

  15. ecthroi Says:

    he looks a bit like Adam Sandler to me, actually; an Adam Sandler who hasn’t been informed of exactly what kind of film he’s in. “wait, is this another comedy? or am i trying to do a serious role again?”

  16. Green Says:

    That’s the problem with buying your spacesuit off the clearance rack. They never fit right.

  17. Stevie T Says:

    It’s a giant tick–with a guy trapped inside!

    (courtesy my mom, who stopped by while I had this up)

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