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Frank Comments: Barbaric superman? Computer-created monster? … or homeless guy with a knife?

Published 1974

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: 7.30 out of 10)

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16 Responses to “The Spawn of the Death Machine”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    What does he have to do with King Arthur?

  2. fred Says:

    Post apocalypse traffic cop Tarzan enforcing the traffic law regarding one way streets.

  3. Lillie Awesome Says:

    Look, you’d feel stabby too if your head had been grafted directly to your right shoulder, so let’s all cut the feller some slack. Also, I hope that’s not the death machine behind him, because it looks like a freshman BFA art installation left out over winter break.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    I would have gone with something other than the wedding-invitation font.

  5. Francis Boyle Says:

    Well, the distinct lack of ting rules out barbarbarian superman so I suppose it must be the other one then.

  6. Lillie Awesome Says:

    @Francis Boyle – “Barbarbarian?”

  7. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    THX: Not the same Ted White as created the image of “Camelot” around the Kennedy White House. But apparently there is or was a Theodore E. White who had something to do with “the development of zooarchaeology in North America”. So now you know. And that kind of looks appropriate for the cover.

  8. Raoul Says:

    Tarzan, Lord of the Vacant Lot

  9. Anna T. Says:

    Maybe the “Death Machine” is that thing you can vaguely see in the background. Regardless, still not picking up major title-synchronization from this cover.

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    This is clearly a school play called ‘Son of a Gun’ fed through the Babelfish English-to-English translator when they did the posters.

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Frank: All of the above.

    @Hover text: That’s what I thought.

    @Lillie Awesome: living up to your name.

    @Tat: heh.

    That font… I suppose it could be more inappropriate to the title, art, tagline, premise, but I’m not sure how. That’s a 70’s romance font, that is.

    Back to supervising the oven in which pumpkin pie is baking.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    After his death defying 100-foot dive from the top of the art installation, the Great Tarzini demonstrates his most astounding feat of all—placing his head into the gaping jaws of this horrifying title and, someday, perhaps, withdrawing it—unscathed!

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    The Death Machine is badly disappointed in its spawn’s life choices.

    (And he never calls, either).

  14. RachelJ Says:

    @Bibliomancer & ex-noob. This is one of those times you really want to know the thought processes of those involved. Did someone think the cover art and title were overkill and needed to be balanced by the non-threatening typeface? Were they trying to expand their market? “Sure, it’s brutal post-apocalyptic sci-fi, but if we use the curly font, the romance crowd will propably never even notice the title is Spawn of the Death Machine until it’s too late.”

  15. JuanPaul Says:

    “Now, allow me to demonstrate how to use my new invention: the “dagger”. Notice there are two parts to the dagger: the “handle” and the “blade”. You hold the dagger by the handle and away from your body like this. Do not, under any circumstances, hold the dagger by the blade. That is very important as this thing will cut you up.”

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Was he a [1] [2] — or a [3] [4]?”

    a) Barbaric
    b) Neglected
    c) Confused
    d) Vogue-dancing

    a) Superman
    b) Man-baby
    c) Hipster
    d) Nudist

    a) Computer-created
    b) Badly brought up
    c) Underdressed
    d) Very strange

    a) Monster
    b) Sociopath
    c) Hair model
    d) Trump fan

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