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Jan 28

Somewhere... a ship designer is having a jolly good chuckle!Click for slightly larger image

Andy’s Art Direction: What we need are spaceships and penises.  Or if you can’t fit both of those on the cover then just combine them.
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: 8.17 out of 10)
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19 Responses to “Thoughtworld”

  1. Adam Roberts Says:

    I’m a little wary of sticking my head above the parapet, in case I’m met with a chorus of ‘you WHAT??’ but I have to say … my penis really doesn’t look like that.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    I think those kind of thoughts require a cold shower. Actually it looks like part of a novelty wallpaper chart.

  3. RachelJ Says:

    Someone certainly put a lot of thought into the typography and layout.

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    This is how Manseed was launched into orbit.

    Believe it or don’t, the first thing that caught my eye was the font design. Whose bloody brilliant idea was it to double down on the HOUGH in an ultra-slim sans serif font?

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    Pictorial evidence for the Panspermia Theory of the origin of life in the universe.

  6. rev Says:

    This needs a font tag. There should also be a phallic objects tag.

  7. Jeff Vader Says:

    Dragon/flying fish/pterosaur: “Hey – watch it! I´m flyin´ over here!”

  8. Tag Wizard Says:

    Thanks rev (ünd töte Gëbïss), font problems noted. Think we’ll leave the “less suggestive” tag description to our Chinese affiliate / overlord-in-waiting.

  9. L.B. Says:

    Thoughtworld. I don’t know if the denizens of this world were thinking much when they came up with this design for their ships. Sure to give that flying lizard some envy, however.

  10. Tom Noir Says:

    If I were the author I’d sue the publisher for malpractice.

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    Maybe it started out going to be a praying mantis then they thought ‘naah, let’s have a spaceship’.

  12. fred Says:

    I don’t know which is worse. The fact that someone went and built a fleet of penis shaped spaceships, or someone took a fleet of penis shaped spaceships and then put each one in a giant panini press.

  13. drlemaster Says:

    I am reminded of one of the Austin Powers movies where Dr. Evil launches his phallic rocket, and they have the chain of onlooker comments cut one word short. Frex:

    That rocket looks just like a big…(cut to control room)
    Johnson! Get in here and look at this missile launch. It looks like a shaft with a couple of…(cut to baseball game)
    Ball three! Hey, look at that… etc. etc.

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Terry Greenhough thought-“world”

    but all he got was a gigantic flattened penis.

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The mental affliction “spaceship envy” was unknown to science before Hugo Gernsback single-handedly created it in the early 20th century. Spaceship envy has since grown into a multi-billion-dollar business of books, movies, TV shows and computer games.

  16. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Now, I don’t know all there is to know about spaceship design. But it seems to me that having two small windscreens, one on either side of your space ship, and none at all in the middle, is an oversight.

  17. Linden Says:

    This website has really been on a roll with the last few postings. Good show, sir!

  18. Jaouad Says:

    Another promo image for an unrealised Flesh Gordon sequel. This time, evil Emperor Wang the Perverted (‘The Moustache That Launched a Thousand Penis-shaped Starships’) has his sights set on the innocent population of Thoughtworld. Our hero saves the planet and the chastity of its inhabitants, but finally loses his virginity to the dashing and reckless rebelleader-cum-spacepilot Prince Precious, etc etc etc.

  19. Stevie T Says:

    Evidently another contender for the much-coveted “Freudian Slip Award.”

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