May 17

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Good Show Sir Comments: “We claim this barren rock for Earth! Now let’s shoot these pesky aliens, ja.”

Published 1944

Thanks to Jon Jensen for sending this in.

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: 7.75 out of 10)

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17 Responses to “Raket Skibet”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Coffee tables were their only defence!

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Drawing one sexual position on the cover is bizarre enough, but drawing the same one eleven times is too much.

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Moon man under the letter ‘b’: ‘I am damn unsatisfied to be killed in this way!’

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    “I told you we should have invested more in military technology, but nooooo, you all wanted free heatlhcare!”

  5. Lillie Awesome Says:

    Those just might be the most vision-constricting space helmets I’ve seen on the fine site yet. Unfit for landing an Art-Deco, perspective-challenged rocketship OR blasting måne-mennesker.

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Raket: “Don’t be scared, Skibet, they’re just water pistols!”

    Yes, it’s the Raket and Skibet show! Join these two zany moon men as they defend their godforsaken hunk of rock from invaders flying the most ornate spacecraft ever designed! Thursday at 9 pm on SCTV.

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    “Unrivaled Danish science fiction, not only in its class, but in a class by itself”
    –Victor Borge

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    @ Lillie Awesome: at least they didn’t stick cow-horns on.

  9. Raoul Says:

    @DSWBT #2 – That is a famous Kama Sutra position called the “Kunstforlag”.

  10. fred Says:

    I am assuming those wiener dog centaurs are the publishing house symbol. If so – WTF. If not – WTF.
    Looking at the Earth, It appears that Trump has annexed Mexico and broken off contact with South America.

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    ‘Raket Skibet’: how Hong Kong gambling syndicates ruined Nordic Cross-Country Badminton.

  12. Anna T. Says:

    Just another gripping tale of space colonialism with nudist aliens! No biggie.

    Also, those spacesuits are ugly. And that ship looks like an art deco winged bird – cool-looking, but ultimately impractical.

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:



    Rise up on interior of Skibet’s flat. Skibet is asleep sprawled out on the chesterfield. Enter Raket.

    Raket: Skibet!

    Laughter and applause.

    Raket: Skibet! Skibet!

    Raket crosses the flat and shakes Skibet awake.

    Raket: Skibet! Wake you up, Skibet!

    Skibet: Aah! I am awake! I am awake now, Raket!

    Applause. Skibet rubs his hands against his face as Raket stands impatiently.

    Skibet: What is the matter, Raket?

    Raket: Skibet, you will never guess what tragedy has happened!

    Short pause.

    Skibet: No, I guess I won’t.


    Skibet: What has happened, Raket?

    Raket: The astronauts, Skibet! The astronauts are invading right now, as we speak!

    Skibet: WHAT did you say, Raket?

    Groans and laughter.

    Raket: The astronauts from Earth, Skibet! They are invading! With rockets, and pistols, and everything!

    Skibet: Why, I never would have guessed!

    Wah-wah-wah horn. Laughter.

    Skibet: Listen, Raket. There is no time to waste. We must get the guard at once.

    Raket: Yes, Skibet!

    Skibet: And Raket, they must bring their table-tops with them.

    Raket: Yes, Skibet…

    Skibet: And we must, Raket, we must repulse these invaders for sure! THIS time!

    Groans and laughter.

    Raket: Yes, Skibet. But one more thing, please.

    Skibet: What is it, Raket?

    Raket: Skibet…we must keep this a secret from my hot Chinese girlfriend.

    Skibet: Of course, Raket. Of course, we will keep this all a secret from your beautiful girlfriend. I promise we will.

    Raket: You promise?

    Skibet: I promise.

    Enter Yutu. Wild applause.

    Yutu: WHAT’S GOIN’ ON IN HERE, BOYS? Raket, what on Moon are you doin’ hangin’ out with Skibet again? I tol’ ya a hunnert times, he’s no-good!

    Skibet: Hello, Miss Yutu.

    Raket: Er, hi, Yutu. We weren’t doing anything. We weren’t doing anything at all, really.

    Yutu: Oh, yeah? Well, what you come over here for, then?

    Raket: We were just only…

    Skibet: We were just only planning a picnic.

    Raket winces visibly.

    Yutu: A what? A picnic?

    Skibet: Yes. A picnic.

    Raket: Yes, my dear.

    Yutu: A picnic TODAY?

    Raket: Yes, of course, my dear.

    Skibet winces. Laughter.

    Raket: We can go to the greengrocer’s, and get some cooking materials, and make sandwiches for the three of us, and then go on a picnic.

    Yutu: FOUR of us, you mean.

    Raket: …eh?

    Skibet: …eh?

    Yutu: Oh, didn’t I tell you? My mama’s comin’ to town. I gotta go pick ‘er up, and I’ll meet you two meatheads for lunch.

    Skibet and Raket wince. Laughter and applause. Exeunt Yutu.

    Skibet: Oh, Raket…why the astronauts have to invade TODAY???

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @fred: Not only has Mexico got a big gouge through it, it’s lost Baja California.

    Also, this is the blandest title ever.

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @DSWithBT—brilliant! 🚀🚀🚀

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    You’d think a DANISH skiffy book would show the side of the Earth where Denmark is… but nooo! They play it safe with the ol’ “America is the only continent of Earth” trope! Bloody favoritism!

  17. Xeelee Says:

    “Raket Skibet” means “The Rocket Ship”.

    Published in 1944? Denmark (and Norway) were then under occupation by Nazi Germany. Perhaps a propitious time for some escapistic science fiction entertainment? Or does the book contain elaborate anti-Nazi allegories?

    I don’t know, since I haven’t read “Raket Skibet” and most likely never will.

    Oops, sorry… According to the Wikipedia article Niels Meyn was in fact a Nazi sympathiser during the occupation. That’s a shame.

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