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Apr 04

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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.

    http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=vkAhAQAAIAAJ&dq=dorian+la+padura&source=gbs_navlinks_s

  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.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beasts_(John_Crowley)

  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:

    http://webpages.charter.net/jsa1/jcrowley/images/beasts_p2uk.jpg

    @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 http://www.isfdb.org/wiki/images/4/4a/BSTSDTLDSR1983.jpg

    Spanish cover is pretty good
    http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?628977

    German cover… ach du lieber! Lion’s become an ape!
    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51eVNtbTXjL.jpg

    Dutch cover might need Space Sheep.

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