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Aug 21

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It’s a Two-Fer Tuesday – Lucky Starr Edition!

Good Show Sir Comments:

1. Bad dog! Get back here and spit out the Captain!

2. Scooby Doo, where are you? Seriously.

Published 1957, 1978

Thanks to Alison for sending one 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: 8.11 out of 10)
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19 Responses to “Lucky Starr and the Moons of Jupiter”

  1. MakkaPakka Says:

    (1), “Come back here and get this over with”

    (When a canine space suit was equipped, worming pills had to be delivered as suppositories, using a specially designed applicator.)

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    1. Those spiked helmets have a Kaiser Wilhelm vibe to them.

    2. Don’t be silly, it’s for children. Gonna put him down like Old Yeller.

  3. THX 1139 Says:

    1: “Everyone knows paws, ears and tails are disposable on a dog. Heck, in this cold they just snap right off.”

    2: “You’ll pay for this, Bob Carolgees!”

  4. fred Says:

    Moons…BAEN…no, they wouldn’t…who am I kidding.

    1. Next we will find out what happens when a dog pisses in low g.

    2. The tingiest tinging ‘and’ in the history of tinging ‘ands’.

  5. Yoss Says:

    #2 Is that supposed to be a man or an overgrown toddler?

  6. Raoul Says:

    1. Kudos to the font team for putting “Jupiter” in Longhand. Nothing shouts science fiction like planet names in handwritten cursive.

    2. Is that you, young Anakin Skywalker?

  7. Anna T. Says:

    1 is weird because of the juxtaposition of two very different scales, making it look like there are two giants with their magical non-breathing dog next to a bunch of normal-sized people and their rocket.

    2: It vaguely reminds me of paintings of Greek mythology or some such… just with a child fighting a dog. With a sword-thingy.

  8. MakkaPakka Says:

    2. Track 45 left. stop. Enhance 15 to 23… what do we have here? Hoth areobics class?

  9. Tor Mented Says:

    For some reason, I feel like I should thank someone.

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    (2) Young Dylan Thomas and the Temple of Doom.

  11. Bruce A Munro Says:

    The first pic is standard old-school Arriving On a New Planet, albeit with, as @Anna T says, serious perspective problems.

    The second one looks like a hobbit with an outsized light saber fighting a Warg. In Space! (The futuristic city on the right seems to be sneaking in from another, more lightly colored cover: is that supposed to be a giant searchlight on top?).

  12. Tat Wood Says:

    @Tor (9): Dean Friedman?

  13. THX 1139 Says:

    @Tat: Careful, Dean is an obsessive Googler of his own name and may show up in the comments to give us a rendition of Lucky Stars.

  14. Hammy Says:

    @Yoss (#5):

    In the book, that’s David “Lucky” Starr’s undersized sidekick, John “Bigman” Jones (and yes, that is his nickname in the book, to the point that he’s almost never called John Jones), so that part of the cover is accurate to the book.

    Bigman fighting a slavering wolf on a moon of Jupiter, is not.

  15. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Is the “writing as PAUL FRENCH” really required?

  16. THX 1139 Says:

    @Anti-Sceptic: Yes, because the entire book is in the French language. The language of the future!

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Gah. My school library had #2 and if I hadn’t already known Asimov was worth reading, this would have put me right off. Me and my pals didn’t have a whole lot of taste in art those days, but we knew enough to mock this version for a Star Wars ripoff cover when we suspected it wasn’t nearly that good (40 year old spoiler: we were correct on both counts).

    The first one has perspective problems, but at least everyone’s wearing a helmet and it doesn’t feature little person on dog death sport.

    @fred: I couldn’t even SEE the “and” in #2 thanks to the TING! It might even be a glow instead.

  18. Yoss Says:

    @15 Hammy
    Thanks, that makes more sense. I couldn’t decide if it was oddly drawn or the person was actually supposed to be small.

  19. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Thanks @THX #16….It all makes sense now.

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