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Sep 02

Damn it, who took everyones underwear again?Click for full image

I had a dream last night, and well… I think we should place rows and rows of naked women looking like they are washing dishes. So if we place that on the front with a fully clothed dude walking by them all, we’re keeping every gender happy. Right?

Thanks so much to Chris R!

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: 9.02 out of 10)
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34 Responses to “The Underpeople”

  1. CSA Says:

    15p ?!?! what a rip off.

    I’m not sure i even want to know the context of that pic

  2. SI Says:

    Well at least they are wearing hair nets!

    Wouldn’t want things to be unhygienic!

  3. Roses Says:

    They look like they’ve been ordered to spread ’em for a quick search…

    Is he looking for drugs? It’s not like they’ve got anywhere to hide them.

  4. SI Says:

    Almost sounds like you have experience of such things 😛

    Definitely drawn for teenage boys me thinks.

  5. Roses Says:

    My ex was a copper, he obviously had to practise his search technique – alot!

    🙂

  6. Chris Says:

    This one may not be the UGLIEST cover (there are lots worse) – but its surely the WEIRDEST cover in this whole collection!

  7. SI Says:

    Yea it is pretty wierd. I found some strange ones in some charity shops recently too. Must of been the covers of the time or something.

    And Roses.. that’s just wrong! 😛

  8. Nix Says:

    It’s quite remarkable how little this cover has to do with the story, as well. They needn’t even have abandoned the cheese. I’m not sure the story even *has* any men in it, and given that almost all its characters are underpeople (other than the one that’s an AI) it should surely have had at least one talking animal.

    Shame, shame.

  9. JustinLeego Says:

    All the best worst covers tend be either a serious misunderstanding of the book’s contents, or an attempt to cram them all onto one small cover.

    Of course, the very best of the worst are both 😀

  10. Tom Noir Says:

    In the future we’ll have butt-ways instead of hallways.

  11. Phil Says:

    Do we have to fill in the blanks? _____ The _____ Underpeople.

    As well as showing a lot of barefaced cheek, the artist has invested minimally in shadows. What light source could possibly give suited man such a shadow?

  12. Jitterbug Says:

    Who in their right mind calls their kid Cordwainer?

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    @jitterbug: Nobody – this was a fiendish pseudonym to cover the fact that one of the Kennedy Administration’s chief psychologists was writing space-opera. There’s a lot more to this story, including a hotly-disputed claim that he was one of the case-studies in ‘The Fifty-Minute Hour’ http://www.ulmus.net/ace/csmith/behindjetcouch.html
    ‘Smith’ himself wryly commented on what people would think of him if they knew he’d written this material, especially in the less-well-known stories. The fact that his pen-name meant ‘cobbler’ is a clue. http://cordwainer-smith.com/

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Those seem to be quite accurate Phrygian caps the women are wearing. Funniest hats in history. Not sure about the boots, though. Jimmy Choo?

  15. FeârofMüsïc Says:

    Are you sure those are women? I’m not seeing any actual female anatomical details. Just sayin’…

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Oh… my… God.
    Wow.
    I didn’t think it was possible to paint such a cover and get away with it.
    :-O

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    If we can post again, I’ll just put the sign up and be out of here again in a mo.

  18. Ray P Says:

    As he strode past the line of donors, the senior manager worried over the fall in quality and quantity at the mass semen extraction plant.

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    They were the strange, hidden race of men who bought this book for the cover — also known as…
    THE UNDERPEOPLE

  20. Che Says:

    Why not rows and rows of naked men? Definitely gender challenging then…

  21. Revellion Says:

    He should be running down the corridor with a paddle in his hand….slapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslapslap…………..:D

  22. fred Says:

    I date this to the Pretrampstampian Epoch in cover history.

  23. Bibliomancer Says:

    Chuck doing a chick cheek check.

  24. THX 1138 Says:

    The Underpantlesspeople.

  25. Tat Wood Says:

    Things used to be easier or a pickpocket in a pachinko parlour…

  26. JuanPaul Says:

    Ray Kroc’s dystopian vision for assembly line fast food restaurants.

  27. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Where sausage comes from is bad. But where turducken comes from is INFINITELY WORSE.

  28. Ikari Gendo Says:

    Glad I checked in for Flashbackside Friday.

  29. B. Chiclitz Says:

    It was just good to spend a quiet weekend thinking of those Phrygian caps again.

  30. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Cover recycled from Piers Anthony’s
    PROCTO PLUS: GALACTIC PROCTOLOGIST

  31. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Imagine him walking to this music (from GET SMART):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2ObCoCm61s

  32. Tor Mented Says:

    The man is softly singing to himself: “Come, they told me, a rump, rump, rump, rump.”

  33. Tor Mented Says:

    If I say this is a duff cover, it means different things in the U.K. and U.S.

  34. Tor Mented Says:

    Is this a meeting of the famous Rump Parliament?

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