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Bibliomancer’s Art Direction: You spilled your whiskey all over the cover art! No time to redo it. Just sponge it off and get it out the door. It has to be at the printer’s today.
Published 1977

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: 7.14 out of 10)
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18 Responses to “The Best of Leigh Brackett”

  1. Tat Wood Says:

    This looks worryingly like a frame from an animated clip telling us to get Kia-Ora and Toffee Poppets at the kiosk before the main feature starts. Sort of hybrid Gilliam and George Dunning. It deserves a jaunty soundtrack done on a charcoal-burning monophonic synthesiser.

  2. Jeff Vader Says:

    “While turning their backs in disgust, secretly mr. Broccolihead and his companions wished they could let go of their inhibitions and just dance the night away like the lone space pirate.”

  3. fred Says:

    The Del Ray paperback version splurged their budget on a generic meh Boris Vallejo cover.
    http://www.blackgate.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/the-best-of-leigh-brackett-2.jpg

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @fred: ‘Jerry…it’s easier and quicker if we split the bill four ways evenly, rather than decide who ate what.’

    ‘Grrr!’

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    That dude on the front right is one fugly Chia Pet.

  6. THX 1138 Says:

    Stagediving on a book cover? And nobody to catch him? Foolhardy.

  7. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The thing at top and left may be:

    THE BEAST OF BITCH GEL TREK
    THE BEAST OF THE BRICK GELT
    THE BEAST OF BE TIGHT CLERK
    THE BEAST OF BEG KILT RETCH
    THE BEAST OF LIT BERG KETCH
    THE BEAST OF HERB TICK GELT
    THE BEAST OF TICK LEG BERTH
    THE BEAST OF GLIB ETCH TREK
    THE BEAST OF GET CHERT BILK

    Anyway, some variety of beast.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Hey, don’t all youse GSSers recognize fine art when youse sees it? Dis is an excellent late-period example of “frottage.” Not the sexual practice, which, frankly, leaves a lot to be desired, but the artistic technique, created by the great Dadaist and Surrealist Max Ernst.

    I think, though, in this case, it still comes down to throwing up on the sketch pad and using a sponge to sop it up.

  9. Kripslod Says:

    I know it’s not nice to pick apart the work of someone who is obviously “special” , however, were is the fun in that.

    Unless Captain monster thigh’s arm’s has an extra joint, like his legs appear to, he is going to have trouble getting that extra long gun in and out of a hip mounted holster. He should wear it lower down on his leg.

    And what is going on with his right boot. The fold-over cuff is missing. Did he cut it off along with the scabbard for his scimitar?

    Is that dangly bit on the end of the dragon/dinosaur’s lower jaw used to attract fish? If so, is this scene tacking place under the sea?

    I should say, it was nice that Uncle Fester, Nosferatu, and Schlitzie could all make it for the portrait session.

    I think Citizen Chiclitz is correct about this work’s similarity to that of Max Ernst’s surrealism, but I don’t think it’s based on work from his Frottage period. I believe it’s reminiscent of his little known Lavatina period, or as it is known in the vulgar, “droptheartworkinyourpottyandretrieveitwithaplumbershelper”

  10. Kripslod Says:

    Speaking of “special,” I think I meant, “where is the fun” not “were is the fun”
    “Were” is the past tense of be, “Where” is an interrogation as to location.
    Maybe it should read, “Where be the fun in that”

    It’s a good thing nobody reads my comments.

  11. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B. Chiclitz — I think you are confusing this with Max Ernst’s fromage period, where he worked exclusively with Cheez Whiz out of a can.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bibliomancer—ah, mon semblable, mon frère, this could fractal on far too long . . . since it was this phase of Ernst’s art that later inspired John Coltrane’s classic jazz composition, “Afromage.”

  13. simon Says:

    I love that cover…

  14. Ian Says:

    The Worst of Leigh Brackett has a truly gruesome cover… can’t wait to see that one.

  15. Jaouad Says:

    I’d be really disappointed if nowhere in this book the editor made a comment signed “Ed. (ed.)”

  16. Tat Wood Says:

    The best of Leigh Brackett edited by her husband.

    @Ian: The Worst of Leigh Brackett was ‘The Empire Strike Back’ and had a rotten cover.

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Editor: “Melvin! Did you drop the cover painting on the floor? Oh, why can’t we have nice things around the office??”

  18. Kripslod Says:

    @ A. R. Yngve

    Is that the old meshuggener Melvin Cowznofski?

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