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May 09

And we are back! Woo hoo! Enjoy all these great covers and pieces of art from Frank!

We keep the devil downstairs... my daughter paints his nails. Click for slightly larger image

I couldn’t help but wonder what this cover art was about: the Cosmic Striptease, or The Devil Downstairs. So I looked within, where I found….
Published 1957

Nothing like a good fedora to make women spontaneously combust!Click for slightly larger image

“Beautiful women were Satan’s main weapon. They made sin look so attractive.”

Wow... the cosmos has some great legs... just legs... they are pretty great... I guess...Click for slightly larger image

“Millions of Earthlings gaped while the Martian show went on.” Apparently the Martians had a pretty good grasp of human anatomy.

Sorry! I picked up my wood from the local store this morning! Try next door! OH... a MOOD merchant... uh be right there.Click for slightly larger image

Further in, for another story titled, “Excitement For Sale!!”
“He was a mood-merchant, a happiness-huckster, peddling dreams from door to door.”

That is... FANTASTIC!Click for slightly larger image

Table of contents so you can see all the authors and cover art credit.

I guess they should have bought mood and dreams from the mood merchant.Click for slightly larger image

I may have to go back and read this one to get the context for, “women were flung heartlessly into space”.

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: 8.81 out of 10)
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27 Responses to “Fantastic”

  1. Stevie T Says:

    YEEEEEHAH!!!! LET THE MOCKING RECOMMENCE!!!

  2. sohkamyung Says:

    RT @GoodShowSir: We are back!! New Book Cover: Fantastic http://t.co/IY915IC8Ku

  3. Stevie T Says:

    The green guy looks like the illegitimate love child of Mr. Burns and The Great Gazoo.

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    Some impressive Hypnotoad-esque staring out there.

    Also, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Oh, it’s a bird, but not that kind of bird. Dita von Teese?

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    Not to rain on the parade, but I just got a page not found error when I tried to post a comment. Was it really a good idea to go right back with a devil-mocking cover? I do believe that’s what got us into this predicament a month ago.

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    re Cosmic Striptease: the legs are all we’re allowed to see but everyone else is looking at something just over the reader’s head. And apparently there’s something for the ladies to the right of us. I hope there’s a celestial puppet show for any children who might have been out and about that day.

    Welcome back.

  7. FearöfMüsic Says:

    Tentative expressions of joy. Gently mocking but not offensive jibes at silly cover. Fervent wishes of goodwill towards the NSA and MI5 and all others concerned and sincere hopes that GSS Admib and Dead Stuff have been cleared from your collective watch lists. I’ll reserve my true excitement until Monday.

  8. NCB Says:

    Ah, the robot hamsters were fed enough and their exercise wheels are cranking away on maximum. Excellent!

    To the job at hand: Do I really want to see a cosmic striptease of that thing on the cover?

    I think Stevie T. nailed it.

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Fantastic! I found the clitoris! It’s green and pointed and…aaah!’

    Welcome back, GSS!

  10. Rags Says:

    “women were flung heartlessly into space”.

    – we showed those women folk! Not only did we toss them heartlessly into space, but we sexed up their outfits before we did as well! Heels and halter tops only in space.

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    Excitement For Sale: The Doctor picked a really bad place to land the TARDIS, in a giantess’ boudoir just as Jackie Gleason was arriving.

  12. fred Says:

    Wait. I thought alcohol was Satan’s main weapon. Alcohol-beer goggles-woman-sin.

  13. Tom Noir Says:

    GSS is back with a vengeance! Hip hip hooray!

  14. Kripslod Says:

    This cover reminds me of a job I quit years ago. There is no worse way to start your work day than by hearing your customer say, “I’m leaving for work. You’ll find the mains meter in the basement. If you need me for anything, I’ll be back at 6:00. (And its only 7:00 now!)

    Welcome back, GSS!

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    You know…I was saving a joke about bringing strippers for the party when GSS came back online. But the admins beat me to the punch with today’s cover.

    So, is there any chance we could get a cover with an enormous mound of suspicious white powder? Or a donkey? :D

  16. Kripslod Says:

    @Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Now, now! I think you should read FearöfMüsic’s comment (#7) again!

    @FearöfMüsic I hate to get personal, but I’ve been wondering for over a year now, so I feel I need to ask, are those Diëresis marks or umlauts in your moniker?

  17. Rev Says:

    I fling all my women into space heartily. It’s important to enjoy your work.

    @DSWBT – Surely Chinese GSS could fix you up with some suspicious white powdered donkey?

  18. B. Chiclitz Says:

    We’ve got mock and eggs, mock and bacon, mock, bacon and eggs, mock, sausage, bacon and eggs, mock, eggs and mock, sausage, mock, bacon and mock, mock, mock . . .
    [Chorus: (cresc.)] mock mock mock mock mock mock mock mock lovely mock! wonderful mock!!

  19. Rev Says:

    Oh dear. The devil downstairs is up and about. Luckily, I brought my fedora.

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The Day They Caught The Grinch

  21. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Boy, they tried really hard to get men to read back then…

  22. StevenLP Says:

    The SF Encyclopedia says “After 1953 … Fantastic deteriorated to become a downmarket sf magazine … [just in case you doubted!] … running material by the fiction factory Harlan Ellison, Randall Garrett, Milton Lesser and Robert Silverberg under a variety of pseudonyms” – which explains why none of the authors on the contents page are familiar – but just think, The Cosmic Striptease could have been written by Ellison or Silverberg!

    Ironically, in a matter of months, Cele Goldsmith would become editor (she was already ‘managing editor’ according to the contents page) and make Fantastic the leading fantasy magazine of its day.

  23. Tom Noir Says:

    That awkward moment when your hot woman-smuggling ship is about to be boarded by the fuzz and you have to dump the goods quick.

  24. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @StevenLP22—So now I’m guessing “Furnace for Your Foe,” attributed to one “Ellis Hart” was actually penned by Harlan Ellison—look at the clever wordplay! And the title perfectly captures the “real” author’s attitude toward his foes, that is, just about everyone who isn’t lucky enough to be he. (I haven’t actually done any research on this, so I may be unfairly maligning the “real” Ellis Hart. But, as the Italians say, what do the facts matter as long as it makes a good story?)

  25. StevenLP Says:

    Excellent spot B Chiclitz, the SFE confirms it’s an Ellison pseudonym. ISFDB reveals – shockingly – that it has never been reprinted. It also lists 14 other titles by Ellis Hart, including:

    But Who Wilts the Lettuce?
    Buy Me That Blade
    Damn the Metal Moon
    Look Me in the Eye, Boy!
    March of the Yellow Death
    Pot-Luck Genii
    The Untouchable Adolescents
    Two Inches in Tomorrow’s Column

    I wonder who did wilt the lettuce?

  26. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @StevenLP—the phrase “two inches” in any relation to Ellison sets off waves of no doubt unintended giggling.

    As does the image of the author having to look up when demanding that a boy look him in the eye.

  27. Bibliomancer Says:

    Kudos to Chiclitz for sussing out Harlan the Human Lawsuit.

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