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Jun 26

You made the building so sticky -- anyone can climb it!Click for full image

Good Show Sir Comments: I’m telling you, my name is Spinnerman® – NOT Spiderman
Why are you suing me?

Published 1980

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: 7.50 out of 10)
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19 Responses to “The Spinner”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Audacious indeed, to call your book The Spinner A Science Fiction Book Club Selection! Although as we’ve seen, that’s also signing yourself on for terrible cover art.

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Definitely set in the modern United States, featuring spinners and drilling for oil without heeding the environmental costs

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The Dude and the Spinnerman went to town
    In a beautiful blue pair of shoes
    They took some honey, but looked kind of funny
    Living the lifestyle they choose;
    The dude looked down to the the strands all around
    And sang while the Spinner just stared,
    ‘O lovely Spinner! Our love knows no bounds,
    But I wish that your mouth was still there,
    Still there,
    Still there!
    How I wish that your mouth were still there!’

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    “In my Liverpool home…” Looks like he got carried away making his Aran jumper. Now I’m off to give blood…

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    I’ve seen him in Times Square, catching a smoke with the fake Tickle-Me-Elmo, hustling the tourists to take his photo.

  6. Lillie Awesome Says:

    Poor Charlton Heston just can’t catch a break. First the whole Soylent© scandal, and now this. Snazzy blue topsiders, though.

  7. fred Says:

    Spinnerlady? Then this is a romance. How sweet.

  8. JuanPaul Says:

    Whatever you do, don’t look up “spinner” on urban dictionary.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Hey, Spinnerthing, nice hair! Why don’t you spin yourself a wig or something, will ya?”

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Somebody with more acute vision than I, please help—what is sticking out of Spinnerthing’s chest?

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    THE SPINNER
    The Toy Craze That Spun A Generation Into its Web Of Nonsense

  12. MisterBob Says:

    I’m pretty sure this classic is also known as ” I have no neck and i must climb “

  13. Anna T. Says:

    Either that guy has a preference for creepy costumes, or he’s actually an alien. I mean, he has four-fingered hands and three toes!

    Although the guy in red is apparently unbothered. He must also have Spidey powers to climb up there.

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Anna T: I figured between the mortar between the bricks, and the sticky goo web, Red Jumpsuit man didn’t have too much trouble getting up there if he’s any good at free-climbing at all. Which is who you’d send up after Weirdly Chested Spinnerthing.

    Also, Red seems to have all his fingers and thumb the same length, which would help in keeping a secure hold.

    The actual SFBC cover has Spinnerthing as a hairy ape. There’s a guy in a red jumpsuit, though.

    If we had a “weird hands” tag, this would deserve it.

    @TW: +1 for the Web of Introyj tag!

  15. JuanPaul Says:

    Part of the same universe ?

  16. Raoul Says:

    @JP – I think it’s part of this Piserchia/Dongen universe.

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Here’s a how-dee-do. Can you put your chin behind your shoulder like Red Jumpsuit has done?

  18. JuanPaul Says:

    Did you ever read a fantasy or sci-fi novel where the author is describing some strange creature and you just know that what you are imagining isn’t quite what the author was going for?

  19. HappyBookworm Says:

    The perspective on those buildings seems a bit wrong to me, but it could just be all the spinny-web-stuff that is confusing things. At least there is no ambiguity in those blue-bike-reflector eyes. Clearly The Spinner is saying to the human: “Get your own network of sticky strings! This one is mine!”

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