Aug 02

They both look like monsters to me!Click for full image

Good Show Sir Comments: When conducting a space orchestra it’s helpful to have men with laser weaponry for motivation!
Published 1969

Many thanks to Robert Van N for sending this in!

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: 8.03 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “The Dragon Masters”

  1. SI Says:

    “When are we going to tell him he isn’t riding a dragon?”

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Tricycle-o-tron looks happy!

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I simply adore the font! Right out of one of those late-60s to early-70s Hanna-Barbera cartoons.

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    The Banana Splits/Funky Proctologist Hour changed Saturday mornings forever.

  5. Jaouad Says:

    This book isn’t really about Big Green Guy doing Naked Pink Guy doggy-style, is it?

    Because it certainly looks like it from here.

  6. Tom Hering Says:

    Odd how the only beings that look vaguely dragon-like are the men in the scaly green suits. I mean, I reread this story a few years back, and I know it had actual mutant dragons in it.

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    A space cricket with a conductor’s baton riding a mutant sumo wrestler with his entourage of futuristic hell’s angels in skin-tight lizard suits. How do you not see The Dragon Masters in all this?

  8. Tom Noir Says:

    Is the guy in the back supposed to be holding a gun? Drawing a sword? NO WAIT! That hand is in fact part of the sitting-down-guy’s hat!

    NOW it all makes sense.

  9. fred Says:

    Little sitting green dude is a Vulcan. Or a space elf.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    So the little guy on the left, what a hat!

    “Don’t laugh at this hat or I’ll vaporize you with my space-meatball gatling gun.”

  11. Yoss Says:

    Wow, Jack Gaughan has quite a distinguished history here at Good Show Sir.

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Ace Double, eh? Wot’s the back side? Three Chumps in Green Meet Grasshopper, Conductor of the London Stereotypic Orchestra? And it’s a painting of a bloke mastering a flying scaly beast?

  13. Rags Says:

    They all have their eyes closed except for the guy on the bottom.

    I love the “space wheels” on the nerf gatling gun.

    Bug guy looks like he is conducting an orchestra. I think this a misunderstood alien band, looking to spread their boy band music all over the universe!

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    @Dead Stuff: That would make sense, so obviously Ace didn’t do it. Instead, it was a Vance double-bill with ‘The Five Gold Bands’, illustrated with two grey-ish hoops and some guy in an electric chair.

  15. FearofMusic Says:

    This is not a cover. It’s a cel from an episode of Scooby Doo Where Are You? And they would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling kids.

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Which was master, which was monster?”
    – Is this a trick question?

  17. js Says:

    Uh, there’s nothing wrong with this cover, aside from it’s originality which, admittedly, might upset some people here and send up the pointless snark level a few notches higher. Well, have fun with the new flood of self-published SF rubbish, which these days is almost invariably “illustrated” by craftspeople using consumer 3d rendering programs. Lots of detail, and lots of shiny metal surfaces. None of this shoddy “drawing” nonsense! And it’ll never look dated because it’s completely lifeless and all of it looks exactly the same! Unlike this cover, no one will ever mock modern improved not-by-human-hands SF art, because no one will care enough to even bother.

  18. Tom Noir Says:

    Yes, yes, art is always ‘original’ or ‘misunderstood’, never just ‘freaking weird’. Anyway, good job denigrating not only every patron of this website but all modern cover designers!

    You’ll find a pretty serious helping of those 3D-rendered covers you so despise on this site, by the way.

  19. RachelJ Says:

    Actually, GSS has great faith in the potential of 3D-rendered cover art:

  20. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Snark alert! Snark alert!
    Our greatest snarks are naturally reserved for those who almost get the zeitgeist, but not quite . . . who see the snark but do not grasp the love beneath it, the implied homages to a genre we be steeped in. The love of bombast and wordplay that imbues some of the greatest examples of SF/Fantasy.

    @js—maybe spend some time with

    (Of course, I have no idea if this post will get through the wormhole.)

  21. FeârofMusic Says:

    js, are your real initials perhaps jg?

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