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Sep 04

Well... she's dead...Click for full image

Scott Comments: I actually like this cover, seriously (especially the comically surprised look), but I figured it needed to find its true audience at Good Show Sir.
Published 1960

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: 6.18 out of 10)
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16 Responses to “Starfire”

  1. GSS Admin Says:

    Yes, really isn’t that bad. And why do I hear a comical.. BOIIIIIINNNNNNNGGG right after reading the blurb!

  2. Phil Says:

    Be careful, or you will raise the ire of the starf.

  3. Tat Wood Says:

    The word ‘Flubber’ springs to mind, so to speak. Fred McMurray (or maybe Don Knotts – eesh!) in thermal underwear, wellies and a crash-helmet bounces up to meet…

    … dunno. I can’t think of any red-headed early 60s starlet this looks like.

  4. Tat Wood Says:

    Plus the lettering, which ought really to warrant a ‘Font Problems’ tag, is too endearingly vintage to be annoying. It’s like a failed sitcom from the makers of ‘Bewitched’.

    (Maybe they travel Time and Space inside Dick Yorke’s Wardrobe).

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tat: Lucille Ball might do it, on a dare. But she would be rather too old for the part, even by ’63.

    My font problem is that I keep reading one of the Bs in ‘Robert Buckner’ as an F.

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    It’s astronaut Jose Jimenez … with Charo !

  7. DaveM Says:

    Wow, a font that makes comic sans look formal..

    Does anyone else think when they did the collage for this cover that they got the astronauts left arm a bit wrong? Can’t put my finger on the problem exactly, it just looks “off” compared to the right arm.

    Oh, trivia: This book was made into a 1962 Disney film “Moon Pilot”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_Pilot

  8. fred Says:

    Damn. Movie scripts. Wow. Elvis, Flynn, Cagney. Starfire/Moonpilot Disney 1962.
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0118758/
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056249/?ref_=tt

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    We need a “Time Capsule” tag for books like these — as in “A cover which perfectly captures a bygone era”…

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Hm. If she’s Starfire, is he supposed to be Robin or Nightwing? I’ll say Nightwing, since with all of those stars it must be nighttime.

  11. anon Says:

    I’d be worried if an astronaut wasn’t surprised to find a scantly-clad woman in his arms – *while on a spacewalk*!

  12. Tat Wood Says:

    Whatever he’s looking at, it isn’t her.

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:

    It’s possible to read the title as STARF IRE — whatever that is.

  14. anon Says:

    @Tat Wood: Oh, that’s right! It looks like he’s reading a binder…

  15. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    This reminds me of the old covers for “The Girl, the Gold Watch, and Everything”.

    @DaveM: It’s the left hand. The angle and positioning of the thumb is messed up and the knuckles are just a hair low.

  16. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘I’ve fallen off my chair, Brian.’

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