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Sideshow Bob Comments: Evil children. Amirite?

Published 1976

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: 8.75 out of 10)
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13 Responses to “Inheritors of Earth”

  1. fred Says:

    A big bodiless head on a cover should get a ‘Zardoz’ tag.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    “I said Mr Spock, not Dr Spock!”

  3. Tat Wood Says:

    Baby Bill Clinton: the untold story of his power over women.

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    I think that, like Michelangelo, our unknown artist has no clue about painting women in general, and breasts in particular. Though, to be fair, he’s a dab hand at swooshy blue-green stuff. (It’s a little known fact that Michelangelo wanted to depict God as a swooshy blue-green energy being but was just not up to the task so he had to make him an old man instead.)

  5. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Ah, “psi powers” – the pet power fantasy of every sunken-chested reader who ever had sand kicked in his/her face at the beach.

    It’s challenging for a cover artist to show such powers without resorting to cheap, flashy effects – since there’s literally nothing real or substantial to go on.

    You can refer to real stuff to make a spaceship seem realistic and credible – but what things from the real world can you show as a physical reference to a person who has, or wished he had, mental powers over others…?

    Wait! I’ve got it…

    An anorak.

  6. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Looks like the Giant Psychic Head people have this one in the bag.

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tat W—yes, and that’s how he came to be called “The Comeback Kid.”

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    Are the “three forms of humanity” mommy, daddy and baby?

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “So if I make them both have headaches every night, they’ll never have sex again and I won’t have to worry about any stupid siblings! nyyahaha . . .”

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    So do the naked people represent the other two types of humanity, or has the third group – perhaps the Very Germy People Who Wear Too Many Clothes – decided to be not appearing on this cover?

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Giant evil children heads, gender non-conforming people, and dudes with splitting headaches.

    Tough choice, but I’m going with the person on the left. Do we have a “dude looks like a lady” tag? Because there’s devil’s dumplings, but their head looks male. If they’re supposed to be female, I’m still going with her. As long as she/they are careful about what she/they give birth to.

    I reiterate my choice if the swooshy stuff is psi powers emanating from evil baby and causing agony to the adults. That kid is definitely the first to die.

    @fred: Agreed.

    @Bruce: Earth did not Inherit any clothing technology in this time. Which likely means there aren’t diapers — ewww, if there’s a Giant Evil Baby digestive tract.

  12. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: maybe that’s why the giant babies developed psychic powers – to force people to clean up after them.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: Why is it our wildest speculations here make more sense than many of the covers?

    Even if Giant Evil Baby is just a head, it’s going to secrete from nose and mouth. Future Earth better have absorbent technology even if they’ve given up clothing.

    Or else the Clothed Germy People are just off-cover due to being a lower caste.

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