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Jan 06

With so many choices, I understand its hard to decide who to fire that arrow at!Click for full image

Don Comments: If you were surrounded by a tribble with fangs, Dennis the Menace, the girl from Season 1 of THE TOMORROW PEOPLE, a corpse, a skeletal alien, a streaker, a horse and an off-panel Robin Hood, you’d be all “WTF?!” too.
Published 1971

Many thanks to Don!

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: 8.87 out of 10)
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23 Responses to “Recoil”

  1. Adam Roberts Says:

    Oh my word.

    Does the font in which the title is set have a name? ‘Slab Psychedelic Serif’ perhaps?

  2. SI Says:

    You see.. I always said tribbles would turn on you given the chance!

  3. Phil Says:

    Gah… her eyes! They are bulging!

    Good to see Joanna Lumley on a cover (bottom left), but she has amazingly large hands. And surely that’s a light blue relative of Animal from the Muppet Show.

    I assume there is a quiver full of arrows on the BACK cover. Good Show Sir rules specify that all loaded bows must be backed up by a full quiver.

    Is this really a Freas cover? I though he had more taste, and more humour.

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    I guess that’s the appropriate expression to wear if you’ve been tampered with by an alien. Not that inexplicable, really.

  5. David Cowie Says:

    This edition is an Ace Double, with LALLIA by EC Tubb on the other side.
    Here is the cover.

  6. Phil Says:

    “This edition is an Ace Double, with LALLIA by EC Tubb on the other side.”

    Altogether less shocking. Now I see where the got the idea for the Lloyds Building Gherkin.

  7. Evad Says:

    Whoa – Recoil in horror at the cover.
    Could the model for the boy have been a young John C. Reilly?

  8. NGpm Says:

    Perhaps her peculiar expression is, as a reaction, not so inexplicable given the implied nature of said tampering … or is that just my tortured imaginings and not any real implication?

  9. Kristin Says:

    Yet, it’s the patchwork colored squares that really bother me the most about this cover. So wrong.

  10. ashton Says:

    Is it just me or is her body tiiiiny?

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Beat poetry version of the cover blurb, in the style of William Shatner:

    The more
    the aliens
    tampered the more
    inexplicable the
    human reaction.

  12. Dalton H. Says:

    That horse is aching to be a unicorn to make this cover crazier.

  13. Justin Leego Says:

    Excellent find, Don.

    That horse should be aching from its adopted hyena-like pose!

  14. Traveler Says:

    The aliens gave somebody Grave’s disease!

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Maybe there’s a proper context for this cover — blurb and all — in which it seems perfectly lucid. Such as…dropping acid during a Renaissance Festival.

  16. Tom Noir Says:

    Dude, that was a REALLY weird episode of “Sesame Street.”

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Right. *deep breath*

    abstraction
    big-handitis
    busy hands
    geometric oddities
    Haircut 100
    longbow
    perspective problems
    skulls-a-poppin’
    sky eyes
    strange animals

    …I think that about covers it then. Still I can’t figure out what that thing is at bottom center, between the hands. It looks something like a sea squirt with a pair of green rugose arms. And I can almost make out something emerging from the top up the cover toward the Killer Koosh…ah, I’m done.

  18. Anna T. Says:

    There is a carnivorous mouth with electric blue eighties hair coming to eat that boy.

    That is a sentence that has never before been typed or thought in the entire history of the English language.

  19. anon Says:

    Needs a “behind you” and “intoxicated”, if there is such a tag.
    Those boxes remind me a bit of the non-cleaned-up version of Star Wars..

  20. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Clearly the aliens tampered with that horse. It’s half-giraffe. And it is indeed inexplicable that, in reaction, humans bought the book.

  21. Tat Wood Says:

    That horse is a wolf wearing a hat with built-in mask covering the muzzle inside the ‘neck’.

  22. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Anna T.: perhaps you weren’t yet alive when Biscuit Boy made the fatal mistake of hosting Sesame Street…

  23. L.B. Says:

    Marty Feldman would never stoop to being drawn on a book cover!

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