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Jun 07

Good to see that in the worlds behond 2001, eyepatches are still awesome!Click for full image

Tat Wood Comments: The back-cover blurb begins with the word WHY? in big letters, further comment is superfluous.
Published 1983 (First Published with this cover 1971)

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: 6.58 out of 10)
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  1. Jaouad Says:

    The worlds beyond 2001! In 2013, we will all be farting coloured clouds!

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    “You were wrong, Timothy Leary, this cheese I found under the sink works just as well!”

  3. FearöfMusıc Says:

    ‘Yes I know my penis looks like a pirate woman with a door tattoed on her chest. Is that a problem for you?’

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    I’m disappointed that here in the world beyond 2001 you don’t see dudes wearing goldfish-bowl space helmets in naked yoga classes.

  5. FéařofMüsic Says:

    What do you mean you don’t see…ohhhh. Perhaps that’s why everyone points and giggles when I do Downward Facing Dog.

  6. Tom Hering Says:

    In the first draft of the sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Space Baby grew up to be a seven-foot-four-inch man, who ran around naked wearing a feathered space helmet, and begging for piggyback rides from tiny, one-eyed, eight-year-old girls in scenic, airbrushed dresses. How sad that we ended up with a story about a joint Russian-American mission instead.

  7. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Arr, Jim Lad! Me shiver your timber!’

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    What’s with the diagonal scar-like lines on his chest? TW, isn’t this, along with the downward-pointing nips, ripe for a “weird pecs” tag?

  9. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Certainly is, B., certainly is! I think I’ve become innoculated against the jarring sight of weird pecs, there are so many.

  10. Yoss Says:

    I have this particular book though I don’t think I’ve set eyes on it for a few years. I recalled the look of the title, the white background, and the rainbow flourishes around the seated man’s head. The rest of the weirdness that goes on below shoulder level had slid clean out of my mind.

  11. Tom Hering Says:

    More weird anatomy. Little penis thumbs and big scrotum palms. With the testicles turned ninety degrees. Ouch.

  12. Kyra Says:

    I’ve been enjoying Good Show Sir from the safety of anonymous lurkerdom for a long time, but this post has finally compelled me to emerge into the light to say, This site really needs an “It’s the drugs” tag.

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tom Hering—ouch is right! However I do not believe we should petition Tag Wizard for a “weird testicles” tag. That may be going an organ too far.
    And @Kyra, as far as the drugs go, I think the posters sort of automatically supply that line of thought, being well versed in all the “signs” (welcome, by the way, to the light of day).

  14. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Kyra — You can slap the “it’s the drugs” tag on every cover printed between 1967 and 1974.

    Tag Wizard — Is it possible to have a dozen or so of your staff work on that this weekend? Perhaps all of your interns can help out also. Thanks a million.

  15. FeàřofMusic Says:

    Count me out for that bit of fun. My mind is still scarred from the quest for weird pecs. I am still having man boob nightmares. Don’t need any other nasty bits inserting themselves into my dreams.

    Or anywhere else for that matter.

  16. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    “My inner Pirate Child ate a door, and now I am also part flower, but only in the neck.”

  17. Tom Hering Says:

    I’m looking at what the guy in the space helmet is looking at, and I see that in this world beyond 2001, the line “My God, it’s full of stars!” has been replaced by “My God, it’s full of doo doo!”

  18. Tom Hering Says:

    “Hello, HAL. Do you read me, HAL?”

    “Affirmative, Naked Man. I read you.”

    “Open the Pirate Girl door, HAL.”

    “I’m sorry, Naked Man. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”

    “What’s the problem?”

    “I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.”

    “What are you talking about, HAL?”

    Good Show Sir is too important for me to allow you to expose what is obviously behind the door.”

    “Uh, er, I don’t know what you’re talking about, HAL.”

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Lots of Baby Boomers have large gaps in their memories of the 1970s.
    We used to blame this on drugs.
    This cover explains the true reason: Boomers were so embarrassed by the book and album covers of the 70s, they repressed their memories of them.

  20. Tom Hering Says:

    I dunno, A.R. A few of the artsy and/or experimental covers of the late ’60s and early ’70s were embarrassing, but not nearly as embarrassing as what followed. The revival of pulp imagery. A traditional illustration style that was so literal in its depictions, you had to wonder if a virus that wipes out expressiveness had escaped from a lab somewhere. Awfully regressive stuff to slap on the covers of forward-looking books.

  21. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    “Good Show Sir is too important for me to allow you to expose what is obviously behind the door.”

    Unless those two rocks/dust clouds/tumbleweeds/shrubberies flanking the door are entirely coincidental, isn’t behind the door, it IS the door. As in, “Come to the door of enlightenment! Also, ignore how everyone who already did is calling it the door of disappointment, they’re just crazy!”

  22. The Tag Wizard Says:

    @Biblio — Apologies for the delay in executing the trivial task of searching for all occurences of publication dates between the years 1967 and 1974 (inclusive), appending them with the proposed pharmaceutical tag; I spent all weekend locked deep inside a Swiss mountain at the Wizard’s Convention, but will get on it as soon as the Dimension Door opens again.

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    If this is what people expect when they become astronauts-in-training, their first real space trip is bound to become a disappointment….

  24. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “A dazzling journey to the worlds beyond 2001″… into the awesome future of 2013!

  25. Tat Wood Says:

    Spider and Rudi may well have found their new sound.

  26. Sarah J Says:

    dang, the door is green. If it was blue and had a red light on top we’d know just what was going on

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