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Feb 13

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Marvin Comments: Arwen … After Dark!

Published 1953

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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15 Responses to “The Haploids”

  1. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Women are from Vulcan, men are from the Zombie Planet.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    Heroines screw you up.

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    How do you lead a war? Is that like being a bandleader? A cheerleader? Do you alternate between sides or do it by email?

    Phew, I got through this comment without once mentioning phallic symbolism.

    Oh, dammit.

  4. fred Says:

    Once she notices her Blanket of Modesty is on fire this cover will improve immensely.

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    Before electricity, heating your bathroom floor was somewhat painful. But worth it.

  6. L.B. Says:

    THX 1139 – classic PIF reference right there!

    Still, I think the cover needs more red. What do you think?

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    “Not One Word Cut”
    Yeah give it to me uncut! Shoot it in my eyeballs!

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Finally a sci-fi treatment of the legendary war between the Haploids and the McCoys.

  9. Alice Says:

    Classic Battle of the Sexes.
    Meet Mr and Mrs Haploid
    He wants her to stop using his towel.
    She wants him to stop shooting drugs in his eyeball.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    At a crossroads in her nascent acting career, Audrey Hepburn decides to forego sci-fi forever and accepts the role of “Sabrina” (1954) opposite Humphrey Bogart.

    “That flaming towel was the last straw,” she tells VARIETY when announcing her decision, “not to mention the eyeball needles.”

  11. Bruce A Munro Says:

    A haploid cell has only one set of chromosomes, and the only ones in the human body are the reproductive cells: all other cells are diploids and have two sets.

    So is this all a metaphor for sperm vs ova? Or the other way around?

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Does having only a haploid number of chromosomes mean you also only get half a head of hair?

    I’m not sure whether that giant injection is going to do any good for a guy who’s half (again — the artist really went with the haploid theme) skeleton and might in fact be all stone.

    @BC: hee!

    @Bruce: I dunno if the author/artist thought that deeply. Maybe Mr. Sohl knew exactly as much about haploid chromosomes as in your first sentence, and ran with it for his “war” story. “Haploid” sounds all SF-y, so he could graft it onto his probably trite men vs. women plot. And the artist got all excited since that meant he could use a scantily clad babe and a phallic symbol.

    Freud, Jung, and their successors could have a field day with this art.

  13. Tor Mented Says:

    I like my women the way I like pigs in a blanket: Hot, and … um … in a blanket.

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Never bet on the sperm in a war between the sperm and the ova.

  15. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    I’ll swallow your soul!

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