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Mar 07

Derrick... we've been over this, it's left foot, right then forward. Are you even trying to learn this dagger dance? Click for full images

Good Show Sir’s Art Direction: Men in capes having a knife fight. Just what I asked for but… only one Ting!? Well alright… we best make the font shiny silver so people might be able to get a real Ting too!
Published 1990

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: 5.75 out of 10)
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19 Responses to “The Paladin of the Night”

  1. Tat Wood Says:

    After thirty-five years working together Darryl Hall and John Oates were morphing into each other.

  2. Phil Says:

    Extra points for double-beard-wielding,and more points available if the shiny shilver font is actually embossed.

    Kudos to the artist for not showing a rose anywhere in the image. How those artists must struggle to resist that temptation.

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    “Okay, looky likey, one of these beards is going to have to come off!”

  4. Tag Wizard Says:

    It was a tender and compassionate morph. Apart from the dagger.

  5. A.R.Yngve Says:

    There’s even a song about this cover (courtesy of Lemon Demon):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXZjhHwndOE

  6. Tom Noir Says:

    Who put THIS up?? I’d give it extra cool points for the epic facial hair alone!

  7. fearofmusic Says:

    bad grappling form here. blue cape mullet man is about to get stabbed in the head. all his opponent has to do is roll his wrist. well, he could if they weren’t frozen in that pose for the artist. i am loving the action pose utterly lacking in any sense of dynamic motion.

  8. rev Says:

    nanananananananananana Batman!

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Rose of the Prophet = Prophet of the Rose

    “The Paladin of the Night” = “The Night of the Paladin.”

    There’s no difference! It’s just as bad in either direction.

    I love reversible things, like socks and gloves and stuff.

  10. fred Says:

    Weis and Hickman? Where are the dragons? There aren’t any dragons. Do these guys change into dragons? Is the rose, prophet or paladin a dragon or ride a dragon? It’s Weis and Hickman! WHERE ARE THE DRAGONS!!! At least they used paladin instead of knight because ‘The knight of the night’ would have been just plain silly but ‘The dragon knight of the night’ or ‘The dragon of the night’s knight’ or whatever wouldn’t be silly because it’s Weis and Hickman. Maybe the dragons are on the back cover? I suggest a ‘dragonless’ tag for any future Weis and Hickman books sans dragons but I won’t believe it anyway because it’s Weis and Hickman and there must be a dragon in it someplace.

  11. RachelJ Says:

    There, there, Fred, of course it’s *all* about the Prophet’s dragon, Rose.

  12. Bibliomancer Says:

    “But they are knife fighting. Not gay dancing!”
    Me … at 13 … to the school bully who pulled this out of my backpack.

    @Tag Wizard – We need an Ambiguously Gay Duo tag. Have the interns add it to all the appropriate covers.

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Fred—Of course you’re right; it has to be in there somewhere. Maybe if you hold your computer up over your head at just the right focal length, then cross your eyes a little, the dragon will appear, particularly if you chant “Rose is a rose is a rose is a . . . dragon!” as you are doing it. I think maybe it’s hiding in the ting.

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:

    So it’s this easy:
    “[INSERT OBJECT] of the [INSERT TITLE]“.
    Rose of the Insurance Salesman
    Cellphone of the Paladin
    Ring of the Ding-A-Ling

  15. RachelJ Says:

    @Bibliomancer. No, they are *not* fighting! Look at them.

    I see two possibilities here:

    a.) They’re working out the choreography for the ballet, “Rose of the Prophet- Act II: The Paladin of the Night”.

    b.) The chap on the left is a bit touched in the head. You know, basically harmless, but now and then he has a funny turn and has to be calmed down by his long-suffering brother. (The family resemblance is obvious.)

  16. Phil Says:

    The Weis & Hickman finances seek another boost with this money-making book…Rise of the Profit.

  17. Tat Wood Says:

    Is ‘paladin of the night’ a very arch term for ‘rent-boy’?

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tat: There are two blue sperm facing down each other on the cover. What do you think then?

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Boys, why don’t you hang up your cloaks on those hooks behind you? You’ll be so much more comfortable.

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