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Sep 05

Ah the classic space Olympic event of UFO tossing.Click for full image

Joachim Comments: Space Olympics look exactly like regular Olympics except in cartoon and a space ship poking up in the background…
Published 1967

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: 8.88 out of 10)
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37 Responses to “The Space Olympics”

  1. Simon Says:

    Giants throw flying saucers at the Space Olympics.

  2. SI Says:

    So… why couldn’t he have just done that on earth?

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    “Go on, mate, you can do it! Remember to let go this time!”

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Must… get rid of… Limburger… cheese!!”

  5. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Judging by the cover, there’s some ghastly surprise hidden inside the book:
    “After the superior Anglo-Saxon race had exterminated all the inferior space aliens, a celebratory Space Olympics were held — and of course only white Anglo-Saxon Protestants attended.”

  6. Tom Noir Says:

    I think they wrote ‘space’ where it was supposed to say ‘special’.

  7. Joachim Says:

    The little boy looks like he’s doing the chainsaw…

  8. Trish Says:

    “In cartoon”???

  9. Joachim Says:

    Looks a little “cartoony” to me 😉

  10. fred Says:

    Space, where water towers have long blue hair.

  11. Smith Says:

    “Nngh – I knew that lamb vindaloo was a mistake!”

  12. Joachim Says:

    Haha, the “plot” — “A discus thrower from a high gravity planet wins in the interplanetary olympics only to have his victory reversed because so much money had been bet on his top competitor.”

  13. Phil Says:

    I’d quite like to see more of A.M.Lightner’s works. According to one bibliography he or she has magnificent titles such as
    DOCTOR TO THE GALAXY
    THE ROCK OF THREE PLANETS and
    THE THURSDAY TOADS.

    And I can’t imagine which will be best, SPACE GYPSIES or STAR DOG.

    http://www.ranker.com/list/a-m-lightner-books-and-stories-and-written-works/reference

  14. Phil Says:

    PS: This same cover art is found on this other site, which rivals GOOD SHOW SIR for the magnificence of some of its artworks:

    http://sciencefictionruminations.wordpress.com/2011/09/05/adventures-in-science-fiction-cover-art-the-best-of-alex-schomburgs-50s-novel-covers/

  15. Joachim Says:

    Phil: Hehe, you mean my website 🙂 Thanks!!

  16. Joachim Says:

    Phil: A. M. Lighter is actually a woman….

  17. Phil Says:

    Joachim: yes, I noticed it was your site. Some of those Schomburg covers surely belong here on Good Show Sir!

    A.M.Lightner is female? Then I say “Good Show, Ma’am!”

  18. Ian Says:

    Is the water tower on fire? Wait, wait that must be a lame Olympic flame.

    I also see two midget aliens observing the fun.

  19. Joachim Says:

    Phil: Oh, I consider the Schomburg covers to “good” — I submit the horrible ones I find to this site — hence this piece of drive — you’re welcome to submit them if you want…. Yeah, A. M. Lightn3er stands for Alice M. Lightner…. Her “best” novel is The Day of the Drones (1969) published by Bantam.

  20. jerk of all trades Says:

    The “Spatial” Olympics is more like it.

  21. shdwktty Says:

    “Okay…we need a male Olympic figure on the cover. Who should he resemble? Oh, I know…Alfred E. Neuman from Mad Magazine. He always struck me as the athletic type.”

  22. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    I can see the Village People in the background doing their YMCA routine. I guess they started to include a dog in their group in case they needed to use lower-case letters.

  23. Francis Boyle Says:

    Dammit – I was going to steal ‘The Thursday Toads’ for a band name but according to Wikipedia it already been done.

  24. Hep C Says:

    I don’t think that his mum, dad, siblings and his dog are supposed to be inside the arena.

  25. A.R.Yngve Says:

    It’s the Special Olympics for athletes with paralyzed left arms.

  26. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The Brittas Empire’s try at science fiction. Look, tell me that isn’t Tim Marriott with hair colour in the foreground, and Harriet Thorpe on the left…all we need is that rocket ship to come crashing to the ground and someone to give birth on the playing field, and ha-ha! Episode.

  27. Anna T. Says:

    That water tower clearly has some design problems, seeing as how it’s on fire.

    @Tag Wizard: The lack of a “bad anatomy” tag troubles me.

    @Phil: DOCTOR TO THE GALAXY? Well if YOUR galaxy is having serious medical problems . . . who you gonna call?

  28. Tag Wizard Says:

    @ Anna T. – That would be “proportional issues.” Tag added.

  29. SI Says:

    Tom didn’t worry to much about winning, it looked like an easy win. The other competitors hadn’t even come in sports gear. And one was a dog.

  30. JuanPaul Says:

    He and the Evil Princess from yesterday must shop at the same boutique.

  31. fred Says:

    Now if this were 60’s Disney…from L to R…our hero…two shadowy thugs who want him to throw the meet…mischievous little sister…girl friend, most likely a Princess and heir to a fortune…pet dog, who will chase the two shadowy thugs into the Olympic Flame…dad, owns a hardware store and has a gambling problem…mom, bakes a mean pie…high school coach, local bookie, ‘disappeared’ by mischievous little sister and pet dog.

  32. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @fred: a Disney hero with two parents? Not likely! Unless their marriage was on the rocks, I suppose, in which case his athletic success has helped saved the family.

  33. JuanPaul Says:

    I’m gonna go with Sylvain Chomet: Our hero, the mildly autistic boy for whom the discus is life…the sinister chemists with their new autism cure which will challenge our hero’s sense of self…the spirited tag-along waif and hero’s alter ego…the sister/aunt who acts as matriarch, though she silently communicates with her dog, who is the true nucleus of the family…and the comedic non-identical triplets each with an endearing yet socially debilitating quirk.

  34. Tat Wood Says:

    Who knew Cilla Black was so buff?

  35. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Everything becomes clear once you realize that his awkward angle of lean and the bizarre expression on his face are being caused by the rock that kid just threw hitting him in the back of the head.

  36. Bruce A Munro Says:

    And just as he was about to perform the DVD toss, his trick knee went out.

  37. Francis Boyle Says:

    “Well there isn’t actually any rule that says that shape-shifting aliens who can’t quite get human proportions right, can’t compete in the Space Olympics so I suppose we’ll have to let you in.”

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