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Jan 14

Zanthar Offs Many WorldsZanthar of the Many Worlds

Bubble BoyZanthar at Moon’s Madness

BummerZanthar at Trip’s End

Lazy EyeZanthar at the Edge of Never

Good Show Sir Comments: One of our good friends at Goodreads sums up Zanthar: “The bad news is that if you want to read an exciting mashup of Doc Savage / Buckaroo Banzai, John Carter of Barsoom, and the yellow peril tales of Fu Manchu, with just a soupçon of Lovecraftian horror, then this book isn’t it.”

1. Jeff Jones runs out of paint

2. Jeff Jones remembers he can’t paint feet

3. Jeff Jones eats the brown acid

4. Jeff Jones takes the day off

Thanks to Andre for sending these in!

Not to be confused with this or this or this.

Published 1967, 1968, 1969

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: 8.20 out of 10)
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Jan 13

The crotch armor is strong on this oneClick for larger image

Good Show Sir Comments: Our first appearance of Der deutsche Schwanz!

Thanks to Helmut for sending this in!

You might remember this from here

Published 1977

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: 9.00 out of 10)
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Jan 09

AwfulworldClick for larger image

Ryan Comments: Nobody skips abs day on Offworld.

Published 1979

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: 8.57 out of 10)
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Jan 08

A rope-skipping duel to the deathClick for larger image

Ump’s Art Direction: We’re through with goofy covers: this time we want something simple and classic. So we want a blond guy who’s wearing no pants to jump through the air with a sword trying to stick it in a space gorilla. Yeah – a blue space gorilla that has a giant space gorilla head growing out of its back. And we want a gal in a stripper outfit in the background and she’s turned like she’s pretending to look way because she’s embarrassed, but if you look at her eyes peeking back because she’s really into it. Like I said: simple and classic.

Published 1979

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: 8.86 out of 10)
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Jan 07

CrapsClick for larger image

Good Show Sir Comments: In 1970 cut-and-paste meant actual scissors and glue.

Thanks to Melissa for sending this in!

Published 1970

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: 8.13 out of 10)
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Jan 06

Happy New Year 2020! Hard to believe but Good Show Sir is entering its third decade of curating a panoply of terrible sci-fi and fantasy book covers. And a third decade of passersby mistaking terrible covers for bad covers. And speaking of milestones, in this past year we celebrated our 10th Anniversary and 2,000th Cover! We threw such a big party bash I totally blacked out and can’t remember anything. I’m sure you all had a great time.

2019 saw the launch of the Good Show Sir Podcast (“Another fucking podcast” raves Podcast Aficionado magazine!)

The Magazine for Pod People

And in 2019 GSS underwent a massive expansion, increasing our staff by 50% with the addition of the lovely and talented Social Media Strategist Tweet Jane! Our Twitter and Facebook presence has been spruced up and there you can find bonus pithy comments and troll abuse not seen on our blog page.

On to the honours. First, the top rated cover of last year:

I think that's what a naked girl looks likeClick for larger image

Thuvia, Maid of Mars

Our silver medal winner is the Piers Anthony centaur and pony show:

Cover artist majored in My Little PonyClick for larger image
Click for wraparound horse’s ass

Night Mare

And the bronze-medal winning:

Tarzan's been hitting the HGHClick for larger image

Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar

My personal favourite of 2019:

This is how all Swedish women walk around. No need for sheep.Click for larger image

Skeppsbruten på Tschai

Tag Wizard’s fancied this mess. “No guts, no glory” he screamed:

Gutsy cover artClick for larger image

Encores in Fade

And Tweet Jane just friended this role model. “Making her my avatar” she vowed:

The Deathless Amazon ... now featuring more death!Click for larger image

The Deathless Amazon

Now back to recovering from the concussion I received from a fan angry about my Black Peter costume. He obviously misunderstood I was dressed ironically. Go figure.
— GSS Admin

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: 9.00 out of 10)
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Dec 19

Yell louder. Santa's workshop must be somewhere around here.Click for larger image

Everybody. Lean left!Click for larger image

Roast reindeer for Xmas dinner. Yum.Click for larger image

BONUS COVER:

Mrs Claus's stocking stuffer is a dick moveClick for larger image

Good Show Sir Comments: While dragging the Xmas decorations down from the attic we found our old stack of Argosy magazines. Have a happy holiday and we’ll see you in a couple weeks with our Old Year Sum Up!

1. In this issue. Pictures of Mrs No-Shirt McGee!

2. We’re safe. The guys will never break through these parkas.

3. Last year the kids saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus. This year he’s locked and loaded.

4. Why cast a wizard spell when you can just shoot the bastard.

None more black!Click for larger image
Tweet Jane, GSS Admin and Tag Wizard bring a favourite
classic Dutch tradition of Santa Pope and Black Peter
to downtown London.
We drew quite a noisy crowd of fans!

Now let’s all sit back and enjoy a Star Wars Holiday Special!

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: 8.11 out of 10)
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Dec 18

Battle of WhateverClick for larger image

Good Show Sir Comments: Nobody gets out of 2019 alive!

You might remember this from here. And here.

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: 7.75 out of 10)
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Dec 17

This is obviously the backside of the MoonClick for larger image

Good Show Sir Art Direction: The book is called The Moon People and …

O’Brien: Say no more boss. I’m reading your mind!

Published 1970

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: 6.67 out of 10)
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Dec 16

Let's play Whack-a-Mole!Click for larger image

Ryan Comments: Ronald MacDonald was very pleased with himself: having divested himself of his clown outfit, he could still eat anything and show no ill-effects.

Published 1970

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: 8.83 out of 10)
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