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Dec 16

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Ryan Comments: Ronald MacDonald was very pleased with himself: having divested himself of his clown outfit, he could still eat anything and show no ill-effects.

Published 1970

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: 8.83 out of 10)
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23 Responses to “The Sword Swallower”

  1. Francis Boyle Says:

    If only unknown blurb guy had been around in the Sixteenth Century. Because “The Danish prince’s mission was to find and kill the usurper” would have sold Hamlet.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    Please, leave the ball pit, the children are getting upset.

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Curses! THX beat me to the obvious pun.
    😉

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Thunderbirds are… BORED!!

  5. fred Says:

    Please kill Carrot Top first.

  6. JuanPaul Says:

    You know what would have made this cover better? A sword swallower.

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    @JP – The sword swallower is there.

    He’s just below the balls.

  8. Tor Mented Says:

    The space spy’s space mission was to space find and space kill the space peace space makers.
    There. Better.

  9. Tor Mented Says:

    Have they been swallowed? Because the environment looks a bit throatish.

  10. Raoul Says:

    @THX & ARY – I think Tweet Jane beat you both to the punch(line).

    https://twitter.com/GoodShowSir/status/1206563375578112007

  11. THX 1139 Says:

    @Raoul: Nope, think I got in first, I mean, I don’t wanna fight at Christmas, but I will say my mission, generally, is to find and kill the peacemakers, by complete coincidence.

  12. Tweet Jane Says:

    Technically speaking, THX is right. He posted the coveted ball pit joke first. But I wrote it last week on TweetDeck and scheduled it to run this afternoon to get clicks from the lucrative American audience.
    And I’ll spacekill anyone who attempts to be a peacemaker in this comedy dispute.

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Judging by his facial expression, someone below the ball line is clearly swallowing Carrot Top’s sword as we speak. Not so for Grey Face on the other side of the cover.

  14. THX 1139 Says:

    @Tweet Jane: Thankyou for being so gracious. And violent. It’s the only language we understand. Apart from Bocce.

  15. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Tip-toe through the enor-mous tulips with me…

    You can tell who’s the protagonist by his halo and fungus vest.

  16. fred Says:

    A technical explanation of the title font, Montgomery Pousse Café. Wait….what?

    https://fontsinuse.com/uses/27367/the-sword-swallower-by-ron-goulart-dell

  17. Francis Boyle Says:

    Balls? Whatja mean they ain’t giant pink donuts? – Homer Simpson

  18. Rick Deckard Says:

    Save your money. There’s nothing worth winning in the claw machine.

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tor: I also thought “Have they been swallowed?” It has a rather chyme-like liquid at the top, and possibly some intestinal villi as the ball pit. The person at back right seems to have been there the longest.

    I’m fascinated that there are absolutely no swords to be seen.

    Was Carrot Top frightened/inspired by this cover as a youngster? And/Or did Mr. Walotsky have it in for Ronald McD?

    @fred: Wait what indeed. I found an even more… appropriate? link on that page.

    http://e-daylight.jp/fonts/type/p/pousse-cafe.html

    No delightful boozy layers here… but possibly consumed when the font was named.

    (thank you, thankyaverrmuch)

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    But seriously, why is the cover populated by rejects from a Gerry Anderson puppet show? And where is that sword??

  21. DaveM Says:

    And this is why you NEVER try and mix the “baking soda and vinegar” trick with the “Mentos and diet coke” trick!

  22. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: “the inside of this whale isn’t _nearly_ as comfortable as Pinocchio made it out to be!”

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Blurb, simplified:
    “He had to kill some nice people.”

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