Feb 26

The Silver Surfers hippie brother.Click for full image

Perry Comments: Best read while listening to Steppenwolf.
Published 1977

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 7.56 out of 10)

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27 Responses to “Lieut Gulliver Jones – His Vacation”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    That’s a long drop if he falls in. Isn’t he facing the wrong way?

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Po the Teletubbie cut loose during his teenage years.

  3. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Lieut Gulliver Jones: His Colons

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    Surfing With The Alien

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    1) That is a terrible title. Maybe the worst title in all of sci-fi-dom.

    2) That surfboard’s shape is all wrong, even assuming that things are supposed to work different iiiiiiin spaaaaaaaace.

  6. fred Says:

    Given what the book really is (written in 1905-totally ripped of by Burroughs for his John Carter/Mars books), this cover makes no sense. Marvel even did him in the 70’s.

  7. Anna T. Says:

    This guy is demeaning the art of space surfing with his tacky gear! No one wears bright red hazmat suits and paints their board to look like an ugly rug unless they have absolutely no taste.

    And his board’s rectangular. The horror.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Isn’t the problem not that he doesn’t know how to ride a surfboard, but that he doesn’t know how to take a magic carpet ride?

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    It takes real bravery to go near salt water after your skin’s been removed.

  10. HappyBookworm Says:

    Is he surfing an aurora? Maybe that explains the half-ping-pong balls over his eyes. You know, to shield them from cosmic rays…

  11. Perry Armstrong Says:

    It’s a quest… It’s a quest for fun.

  12. anon Says:

    Miss Rafter sees
    by well-rested Ron Dina
    Turn necrotic & die alone, Glenn R. Gory

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Awful title. It should’ve been

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    The title’s fine for 1905. It could have been ‘What I Did in My Holidays’. Or ‘With the Bentfin Boomer Boys on Li’l Old New Alabama’*

    (*It exists. It’s in ‘Again: Dangerous Visions’.)

  15. fred Says:

    Bodhi surfing eternity.

  16. THX 1139 Says:

    Someone liked Dark Star.

  17. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Should be Lieut Gulliver Jones: His Travels.

  18. Francis Boyle Says:

    Assessment: Not a good cover.

  19. Adzel Says:

    Lieutenant Jones really liked to monkey around.

  20. Ryan Says:

    Say what you will of Lieut Gulliver Jones: he had bad dress sense, he chose odd ornamentation schemes for his galactic surfboard, or that he was over-fond of the color red, but at least he wasn’t goofy-footed.

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tat: Not a bad story, though the funetik spelling is a bit of a slog.

    @Ryan: Sure, but it’s easier to hold onto a surfboard when you’re a monkey with opposable thumb-toes.

  22. Bruce A Munro Says:

    On Mars, carpet fly you!

  23. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Ryan, @GSS: sure that’s not a Martian rather than the good Lieutenant himself?

    As fred mentioned earlier, the man was sort of a proto-John Carter (and, in turn, trying to steal some of that Dean Swift mojo). Aside from Marvel comics, he also makes a brief appearance in Alan Moore’s mashup of all things retro-Martian in “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 2”

    Here he is (flying carpet rolled up) meeting one of Burrough’s Green Martians:

  24. Bruce A Munro Says:

    There should have been a “as GSS undoubtedly already knows” in that last post, sorry. Internet troubles, trouble editing.

  25. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    I think actually deserves a “Bad Show Sir”…Hey is there actually such a counterpart to this site?

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I see GSS has decided to observe American holidays as well! Spiffing trans-Atlantic spirit!

    @A-S: This isn’t as scary-bad as so many we’ve seen, but it certainly is unappealing.

    A dull title, the intro guy’s name in the same size font as the author’s (and all dull — too many fonts is bad. But 2, or differing colors, is fine), and the WTF red-suited possibly-monkey on the non-hydrodynamic surfboard, riding a wave breaking directly above outer space.

    Bad Show, indeed.

    The Last Assassin of the Hidden Throne, or whatever that parody cover was, might attract a buyer. This, not so much.

  27. THX 1139 Says:

    @GSS xn: It was the May Bank Holiday here in the UK on Monday. Pure coincidence!

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