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Mar 21

Well I think... being a new kind of soldier... we deserve better hats!Click for full image

LibraryMan Comments: OK man…I’m coming out…just…don’t shoot
Published 1985

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: 7.97 out of 10)
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21 Responses to “Cobra”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Sing us a song, you’re soldier man!
    Sing like the cobras all hiss,
    For you are a new kind of soldier man,
    And you’ve got your gun at my wrist!

    Lah, diddy-ah-dah, dah-daaha, dah-dah…

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    Crime is the disease… and Alan Tracy is the cure!

  3. Tom Noir Says:

    Jim was not impressed with his surprise party, and even less excited about what jumped out of his cake.

  4. Ian Says:

    “He was a new kind of soldier, created for a new kind of war”… then some guy in a bad hat shot him. A very short story.

  5. L.B. Says:

    Oh wow. I’ve actually seen that cover in my parent’s house. Thanks for the memory!

  6. fred Says:

    Dude, the Beast from “Krull” is about to blast your ass into next Tuesday.

  7. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    CO8Ra…Carbon Octoxide and Radium…the stuff that makes up the blue atmosphere, maybe?

  8. Phil Says:

    Behind you!

    I am liking the pseudo-embossing. It must be pseudo- because the creature from the black lagoon has his hands in front of the lettering.

  9. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    Hey, I never noticed your tooltips before. They’re funny.

    (If you scroll over the book image and pause, a little dialogue box eventually comes up with a humorous description of the book. Doesn’t work on phones or pads, which is probably partly why I never noticed them before.)

    I’m glad someone mentioned the hat. It looks like he’s wearing a toddler’s bike helmet painted blue, pushed forward over his forehead in a jaunty manner.

    The alien looks like it’s constructed of sheets of foam rubber glued together, like a sort of Mardi Gras puppet costume, and it looks like it’s singing opera.

    “RIIIII-diiii Pagli-AAAA-ccio!”

  10. Yoss Says:

    When you consider that this is from Baen, it actually shows remarkable restraint.

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Is the “retro” styling of the cover intentional? The suit and rifle belong on a 1955 cover, not in 1985…

  12. Adam Roberts Says:

    Background monster: ‘BEEEEER!’

    I love Cobra.

  13. Kwyjor Says:

    Holy crap! There have been zany tooltips all this time?

  14. Donald Simmons Says:

    Kwyjor: Looks like you’ll have to go back and check out every entry again!

  15. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Hey, Mr. Beefcake Failure, I think that large shouting ghost guy wants his scalp back now.

  16. Heasy Says:

    Snargl didn’t really get the YMCA memo. So we shot him.

  17. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    So that’s what Cobra Commander looks like without his mask!

  18. Zond Says:

    I know that Michael Palin enjoys traveling, but I had no idea that he’s been to other planets.

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @TW: surely, this deserves the ‘monstrous humanoid’ tag?

    Also, it appears to have a moon between the mountains and Bat-Domingo there.

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Yes, this book was released the same year as the Sylvester Stallone movie COBRA.

    “Alien crime is a disease. He’s the cure. Sylvester Stallone is… COBRA. The cop with a silly hat… and a big gun.”

  21. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Cheers, Stuff!

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