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Mar 27

That's Mr Tomorrow! He usually lives in the park drinking bottles of cheap cider!Click for slightly larger image

Joachim Comments: The sci-fi cover equivalent of any of Edward Wood Jr.’s B-movies — a stock photo combined with a child’s drawing of a muscleman in a loin cloth.
Published 1974

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: 8.92 out of 10)
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40 Responses to “Mr. Tomorrow”

  1. FunkyScarecrow Says:

    RT @GoodShowSir: New Book Cover: Mr. Tomorrow http://t.co/HKSpoADZsL

  2. Adam Roberts Says:

    Mr Tomorrow wears a wig fashioned from a single piece of teak!

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    Barry Gibb: a science fiction Tarzan! Wait, wasn’t Tarzan the science fiction Tarzan already?

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Harry from Harry and the Hendersons had a baby with Carrot Top? That is a frightening possibility.

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    “Aww crap, this isn’t what I wanted. Get a colored pencil and draw a beard and some hair on him, quick!”

  6. JuanPaul Says:

    “Dude, my brother’s an artist. He’s got this gnarly set of colored pencils. He can draw it!”

  7. Annie B. Says:

    That’s Alan Moore’s self-portrait.

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    Online blurb: “”Had George Orwell thought more about Tarzan and less about Stalin, this is the novel he would have written instead of 1984.”

    Check out some of Con Sellers’ other literary achievements:

    http://vintagesleazepaperbacks.wordpress.com/2009/11/09/con-sellers-who-was-he/

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    Such an apt byline.

    But what are all those people staring at? We can’t see because there’s a drawing of the man from ‘The Joy of Sex’ in the way.

  10. Yoss Says:

    Come on Mr. Tomorrow, you’re obviously a fine physical specimen. You don’t need to resort to crossing your arms and pushing your biceps forward. Nor must you stand on your toes to further accentuate those sculpted calf muscles.

    What’s that? Ohhhhh, the artist just can’t draw appendages very well? I guess it’s lucky for you that loin cloth isn’t any shorter then.

  11. FearofMusıc Says:

    That is soooo 1970’s. “Soylent Green is Tarzan! Soylent Green is made from Tarzan!!!”

  12. fred Says:

    And if you put him into a safari/great white hunter costume he’ll become a science fiction Jungle Jim. Ungawa!

  13. David Cowie Says:

    Paging The Tag Wizard: muslces?

  14. FearofMusic Says:

    Orwell’s Tarzan:

    “Me Tarzan, you Jane, we are the dead. Big Bwana is watching.”

  15. Phil Says:

    Bibliomancer beat me to it in recommending that blog page with Con Sellers others creations. It’s worth a look for his book WENCH alone.

  16. SI Says:

    I don’t know who Mr. Tomorrow is but just look at those crowds! Can you still get tickets?

  17. Michael L Says:

    It took me like three hours to finish the shading on your upper lip. It’s probably the best drawing I’ve ever done.

  18. FearofMusic Says:

    Sorry SI, but Mr. Tomorrow played his last show yesterday. Today he’s on his way to next week so he can play his hits from the past at future dates to be announced.

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Peter Sellers’ cheeky pseudonym??

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    A SCIENCE FICTION TARZAN… is physiologically impossible to say and keep a straight face.
    A REPRESSED WORLD SOCIETY… is Pat Robertson’s wet dream.
    A FRIGHTENING POSSIBILITY… is that we are all characters in a badly written sitcom.

  21. Stevie T Says:

    “A FRIGHTENING POSSIBILITY… is that we are all characters in a badly written sitcom.”

    You mean we’re NOT???!!!!

  22. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    “And for my next trick, watch me trample over all these puny people.”

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Sequels were:

    MRS. TOMORROW
    TOMORROW JR.
    FIDO, DOG OF TOMORROW

  24. Tat Wood Says:

    Blimey! Someone’s actually read it. http://consumedandjudged.blogspot.com/2011/01/mr-tomorrow-1974.html

  25. Rachel J Says:

    …and tagged it as follows:

    “pulp” “sleaze” “mind control” “author demonstrably insane” “wingnuts” “kickers of ass” “sci-fi” “conspiratorial”

    Which sounds about right.

  26. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @RachelJ: might you work on your sixth tag? I misread that as ‘knickers of ass’.

  27. Rachel J Says:

    @Dead Stuff. The person who has written it up on the site Tat Wood links to has tagged it thus. So there’s not much I can do about it.

  28. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    o_0 I click on the ‘author demonstrably insane’ tag, and see Conquering the Hosts of Hell, Past-Life Therapy In Action and PHILIP K. DICK.

    …that sounds about right, yeh.

  29. Anna T. Says:

    The first thing I thought upon seeing this cover:

    Black Tarzan God: A Child’s Rendering

    You see?

  30. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Cee-lo Green?

  31. JuanPaul Says:

    A Brave New World Re-revisited

  32. fred Says:

    No matter how Superman dresses up on Halloween you can always tell it’s Superman.

  33. JuanPaul Says:

    Credit where credit is due; despite how hard they are to draw, he drew the feet.

  34. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @JP—Wouldn’t go near the hands, however.

  35. GSS ex-noob Says:

    For a right-wing paranoid fascist book, Mr. Tomorrow is depicted as being rather… enhanced in melanin, as several above have noticed.

  36. Tat Wood Says:

    @GSSxN: You’re saying there are no orange right-wingers with silly hair?

  37. Bruce A Munro Says:

    So the frightening possibility is that the repressed world population will make out with Space Tarzan?

    “Con Sellers” sells cons?

  38. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tat: GSS!

    They don’t tend to have long, styled hair (while living in a cave?) and most of them aren’t that buff, though.

    I don’t know this guy’s ethnicity. I’m not sure I even know his species, the way he’s drawn. Seems to me he’d topple over with that broad chest/shoulders and those tiny feet. Dunno about his fingers, either.

    If he’s Mr. Tomorrow, give me Mr. Today, please.

    @Bruce: Nobody wants to buy those, with the money the non-pro ones lose.

    @Tag W: nice set of tags in the “m” section there.

  39. Bruce A Munro Says:

    (Reads story description)

    Mr. Tomorrow is saving himself for the Right Woman? Well, I suppose its no sillier than original flavor Tarzan saving himself for the White Woman.

    So it seems that Manly Individualism can’t maintain gunpowder technology (Mr. Tomorrow uses a bow and arrow), or even pants technology. You can run away to your cave with your guns, but you will eventually run out of both guns and pants.

  40. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: So much for the Superior Manly Man. Guess they were too busy spouting manifestos in the cave to do practical things.

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