ash966 Comments: Why, hello there, giant-brain-eyeball-octopus-bat-guy! And what’s behind your head? It’s not the moon, because it doesn’t go all the way around. An enormous cantaloupe, perhaps? Published 1976
It’s unfortunate when you have your photo taken, and the aspidistra behind you appears to be growing out of your head. This poor child had the misfortune to stand in front of a bat, an inverted octupus, an explosion, a brain…
Actually, it looks like he has an afro hairdo, and it’s morphed into a brain.
It’s on the plastic overlay over the dust jacket, the Saint Paul (Minnesota) Public Library.
Publishers back in the ’70s — and maybe still, I don’t know — produced hardcover science fiction and young adult books for libraries that I never saw anywhere else. Maybe they were special printings? Anyway, they often seemed to have this sort of cover illustration, kind of selfconsciously arty-literary.
@Phil: Good catch–I’m so used to looking at our library books, the brain/mind of the city connection didn’t occur to me. Maybe we should use the image along with a new slogan, “This is your brain on books!”
@Alessandra: yes, St. Paul Public Library, MN, USA
@drlemaster: I will try to hurry it back in anticipation of enormous demand due to GSS publicity. Memo to me: A Best of Good Show Sir library display.
@Anti-Sceptic: The yellow strip on the bottom is a label we used to brand books with back in the day. Patrons complained at some point that all the labels made the books look fugly, so we stopped. I’m also sad that this magnificent cover is marred by a barcode, but what can you do?