Apr 04

Ya'all be leavin' my catnip alone now.Click for full image

GK Comments: Alternate ending to The Lion King.
Published 1978

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: 7.82 out of 10)

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24 Responses to “Beasts”

  1. The Tag Wizard Says:

    First commenter to recognise the artists signature gets a free…. uh… virtual cookie. So you know in other words. Nothing!

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    Let’s hear it for Kris Kristofferson, everybody!

  3. Smith Says:

    Lion-o regretted buying second hand Glo-sticks.

  4. Smith Says:

    I like the fact Lion-o here has a bit of a beer belly straining at his shirt.

  5. L.B. Says:

    Lion-o and Wednesday Adams. I’ve seen worse pairings.

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Is that Lars Ulrich in the background? Why looks he so melty?

  7. Jon Says:

    Love the critic quote. “Unforgettable.”

    Not necessarily in a good way. I’ll never forget having kidney stones, but that doesn’t mean I’d like to have ’em again.

  8. Yoss Says:

    What are the odds that both of them would get hit in the left sides of their faces with shovels?

  9. Pat Says:

    Dorian La Padura? He seems to be old enough, though now he is a fine artist and colour consultant. Difficult to find anything about him except for a few abstracty paintings and a violently yellow door for which he suggested the colour.

    He did illustrate a Philip Roth story in Penthouse in 1977.

  10. NGpm Says:

    It’s hard to believe … but this is better than the first edition cover art. I like the hayseed lion look better than the whatever it is behind broken bars dealy.

  11. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    John Crowley is a marvelous writer, but Beasts has gotten some pretty awful covers. We have the really lovely Gollancz Classics edition:

    @Pat: I suspect your identification of the artist as Dorian La Padura is correct, for all that his current work is very abstract.

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Alessandra: that is a fine cover. My eye wanders naturally around the lion, and the lines that lie on it liven it likewise.

  13. fred Says:

    Alternate ending to Beverly Hills 90210. Shannon Doherty and Luke Perry.

  14. Jane Says:

    Post-Apocalypse “American Gothic”?

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    With a sense of gloomy foreboding, Leo flicked his Giant-Size Flame-O-Fast gas lighter… and nothing happened. And he knew from the look on his wife’s face that the furry barbeque had been ruined.

  16. Arch9enius Says:

    On, it’s a rifle. I thought it was one of those things you could use to force the ignition on a Saab.

    Yoss: Depends on what part of town they’re in.

  17. rev Says:

    “Excuse me Mr Lionface, the Crucible dress code insists upon a bow-tie and waistcoat.”

  18. Anna T. Says:

    The woman looks kind of like a middle-aged Jenna Coleman. Lion Man looks fine.

  19. Tat Wood Says:

    @Anna T.: Leo is actually Matt Smith without make-up.

  20. fred Says:

    I wonder if he has ever had any other hairstyle besides the built in mullet.

  21. JuanPaul Says:

    “Hi, we’re just passing through the neighborhood spreading the word about Mormon, cross species, open carry, marijuana farmers. Can we trouble you for 15 minutes of your time?”

  22. Bibliomancer Says:

    They were right. They said gay marriage would lead to something like this.

  23. Tor Mented Says:

    Ah hear tell you said “The Lion King” ain’t such a good pitcher.

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I distinctly remember an SFBC cover which was NOT the one given in the Wiki article, but it’s also not on ISFDB (though we know their standards, eh?). It was mostly a white background with a simple line drawing of a lion face behind broken bars. I don’t have it any more to check. But it sure beat this one and several of the others.

    Second American paperback is better

    Spanish cover is pretty good

    German cover… ach du lieber! Lion’s become an ape!

    Dutch cover might need Space Sheep.

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