Jan 07

No wonder he has so few clothes. He's so hot he set my sword on fire! HEYYYOOO I'm here all week... no seriously....Click for full image

David Comments: That’s a LOINCLOTH hanging between his legs.
Published 1981

Many thanks to David!

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: 6.35 out of 10)

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24 Responses to “The Drawing of the Dark”

  1. Phil Says:

    Those solid steel swords go up in flames so easily. The heat has made the winged fellow’s toes curl. On one foot, at least.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    I like the Mr Claypole shoes on the winged gladiator. Well, Mr Claypole shoe.

  3. SI Says:

    How does safely carry a flaming sword?

    That sounds like the start of a terrible christmas cracker joke.

  4. Justin Leego Says:

    Ready to follow up with a haymaker punch, nice!

    I’d like to see a labyrinth made up entirely of that title font.

  5. Evad Says:

    I had a helmet like that once. You go around thinking you’re so cool and wham! The horn smacks into the top of a doorway and now you’re just a doofus.

  6. Babbagect Says:

    Looks like maybe the horn is part of his head, not the helmet. Custom helmets with holes cut to fit a horn aren’t cheap. Put it all together:

    Custom helmet.
    Decorated loincloth.
    Stylish shoes.

    That, friends, is a demonic flying gladiator of wealth and taste.

  7. Adam Roberts Says:

    The demon’s sword is about to drill a hole right into the top of our hero’s head. Afterwards, perhaps he’ll use it as a giant salt shaker.

  8. Queen Khentkawes Says:

    There’s also something weird about Mr. Firesword’s gluteus maximus and the tree-trunk legs coming out of it. Especially the left leg.

    Not that I want to look at Mr. Firesword’s gluteus maximus, but it’s right there.

  9. Tom Noir Says:

    Sweater-tunics are back? Who knew!

  10. Jen Says:

    That really doesn’t look like an effective sword. I mean, it’s just a blowtorch on a hilt. Something that maybe you should hold up to the green guy’s loincloth and wait for it to catch fire instead of swinging it wildly like it’s actually got a sharp edge or anything that would make contact.

    Although I would like to see him try to put it away in that scabbard without setting fire to himself. Come to think of it, maybe that’s what happened to his pants…

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Taste the fiery blade of… Ooops! losing my balance…”

  12. Dalton H. Says:

    According to fantasy\sci-fi historians, this is the earliest form of the light saber.

  13. AikoAiko Says:

    Great fashion sense all around is this cover, really. Like the Ugg boots and that metal stud belt/bracelet set he bought at Hot Topic. Sets off the sweater tunic quite nicely.

  14. szaleniec1000 Says:

    A drawing of the dark would be better than that pic.

  15. Dorian Says:

    The minute he tries to turn round, that scabbard’s going to tangle his legs and send him flying.

  16. NGpm Says:

    I’m partial to the highly intelligent grinch shoe the demon thing seems to have put on in the dark (as he seems to be missing its mate).

  17. Arlene Says:

    TERRIBLE cover for a great book – goes without saying that it has absolutely no bearing on the story within. Someone should pay Mr. Powers for that abomination…

  18. jesi Says:

    flying birdmen = never good. seriously i challenge you to show me a sci fi cover with a not-hilarious birdman on it.

  19. SI Says:

    Good challenge! I’ll be on the look out. To be fair, none immediately spring to mind!

  20. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I think that whomever wrote the quote on the cover was payed by the adjective.

  21. Tom Noir Says:

    I think that the artist realized too late that his ‘sword torch’ didn’t actually look very threatening, so he added a nice ‘swoosh’ effect at the last minute. Except that it doesn’t make any sense that flames would ‘swoosh’. Then he said to himself, “Ah, stuff it, I’m getting paid $10 an hour for this, I’m just gonna give the birdman a phallic loincloth and be done with it!”

  22. anon Says:

    @Tom Noir: That’s not a birdman: Those are batwings – he’s Batman.

  23. Ray P Says:

    The Painting of the Shite.

  24. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The Drawing By the Dork.

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