Dec 10

I call this daemon chop explosion therapy... trust me it will catch on!Click for slightly larger image

Joachim Comments: You should be looking at the giant sore on my lip!
Published 1974

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: 9.06 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “Masque of a Savage Mandarin”

  1. David Cowie Says:

    The first thing I did was count the fingers and toes.
    Doctor Cleaver has very sharp nails on his only foot (how does he stand upright?) but not on his hands.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    “Hey, you’re not R.D. Laing!”

  3. David Cowie Says:

    And blue and orange contrast now goes back to 1974!

  4. Darren Says:

    Is that Jack Nicholson?

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    “Now I will cut the demon in ha – hey, does anyone smell something burning?”

  6. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    So did the “patient”, or whatever he is, lose his mind after being levitated naked and in he fetal position by some demonic doctor, or after said doctor chopped garlic on his noggin?

  7. Joachim Says:

    according to sf encyclopedia “The deracinated protagonist of Masque of a Savage Mandarin (1969) takes symbolic revenge upon the world via the systematic destruction – by electromagnetic Rays resembling microwave radiation – of a hapless innocent’s brain”

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    @Darren: I think it’s Billy Bob Thornton wreaking revenge on Brad Pitt during the filming of ‘Benjamin Button’. He’s clutching the phial of Angelina’s blood with his left hand.

    The levitating patient’s head is so misplaced I thought it was a CS Lewis placed over something a bit ruder.

  9. fred Says:

    “Paging Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard.”

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Visit California long enough, and you WILL come across people doing this for real.

  11. Joachim Says:

    Those really are the lamest horns on his patient’s head — as stupid looking as Naomi Wildman’s ridges in Star Trek : Voyager

  12. Phil Says:

    Horns? I thought someone had cracked an egg on his noggin.

    This is another example of that delightful genre, the cover picture that gets funnier and funnier the further down the page you scroll. It starts off as just a maniac with a cleaver and a split lip… evolves into an attack on a lunatic with eggshell above his crossed eyes… who develops into a levitator… and finally reveals the clawed foot of the attacker. Good Show, Sir!

  13. Yoss Says:

    I’m rooting for the guy with the cleaver.

  14. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Why does the loopy-looking-floating-guy-with-a-cracked-egg-on-his-head look like he’s enjoying himself?

  15. FearofMusic Says:

    Ewww..a truly awful bit of dross. Which one is the Mandarin? Neither looks oriental, and neithet appears to be wearing a mask (or masque). Unknown artist? What,, no one proudly claims this masterpiece? Finest example of a floating baby/man ever and Anonymous gets the credit?

  16. Tom Noir Says:

    This website ( suggests that the artist might be Bob Haberfield.

  17. ecthroi Says:

    no has noticed the doctor’s foot?

    look, look at the doctor’s foot.

  18. David Cowie Says:

    @ ecthroi #17: see the first comment.

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