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Mar 06

 

Our friend Chris Lindsay was prowling the charity shops of Edinburgh and happened upon a horde of Anthonies at the Shelter Bookshop. A little shopwindow of horrors, if you will. It is striking how “popular” Anthony covers are on Good Show Sir. So click on the images below for some hi-def terribleness and give a shout out to any titles that are particularly appalling. Think of this as a showroom for finding these covers in the wild and submit your pix of the ones we don’t already have. Cheers!

 

Someone get me that top right 'Robot Adept' cover!!ONE

Unicorn! Point!TWO

Who knew Anthony wrote 'Gentle Giants of Africa and Asia'?THREE

Vicinity ClusterfuckFOUR

Thanks again to Chris for sending these in!
I’m sure he bought out the store so don’t go looking for them there.

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: 7.70 out of 10)
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Feb 19

Bibliomancer went to Greece and GSS didn’t even get a lousy tau-shirt. But we did get a bunch of terrible Greek book covers. I’ll turn this post (and week) over to him:

I come from Greece bearing gifts! So don’t look a Trojan Horse in the mouth. Athens has a big chain store called “Public” which is a combination of  Barnes & Noble and  Best Buy with a whole large floor of new books in Greek and English. Athens also have a few “charming” used book stores in some of the older neighborhoods. Here’s the inside view of one of them:

View of the headless Greek bookseller

So here are some terrible covers, Greek-style. Sorry, but we will have to skip the authors, cover artists and publication dates. Be kind to Tag Wizard:

Do surfers dream of aquatic sheep?Click for larger image

Bibliomancer Comments:

1. Rising sea levels were not kind to Venice.

 

Browsing Tinder on MarsClick for larger image

2. Who knew Ghandi collected Barbies?

 

Squawk!Click for larger image

3. Black Hawk up, Black Hawk down!

 

I assume Jeremy Cherfas is on the rightClick for larger image

4. Ce n’est pas un primate.

 

Is that you, Grandpa Munster?Click for larger image

5. Dracula in the language Prince Vlad would have understood.

 

Published whenever

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: 7.86 out of 10)
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Dec 22

Time to get out there and win the War on Christmas. With any luck it will be vanquished!

As we kick 2017 in the pants and say goodbye it is time again to stuff your stockings with some terrible cover GIFts you can’t return. Time to start my shopping and pink slip the elves who won’t be needed again until this time next year. I think the North Pole is above the Arctic Circle in some EU country so Brexit was going to give them the boot anyway.

Have a happy holiday and we’ll see you in a couple weeks with our Old Year Sum Up!

 

Red Hawk Down!Click for larger image

 

On Dasher! On Dancer! On Prancer! On Vixen!Click for gayer image

 

 The War on Christmas: Episode 2: Christmas Strikes Back!Click for larger image

And click here to read the back cover

 

Let me try this shoe on you, CinderellaClick for larger image

 

Good Show Sir Comments: A Holiday Play in Four Acts:

Act 1. Incoming sled and reindeer, missiles ready, prepare to intercept!

Act 2. Don we now our gay apparatus!

Act 3. Slay bells ring!

Act 4. Tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1939!

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: 8.54 out of 10)
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Dec 23

It’s that time of year again, meaning turkey, festive ham, chocolate, hot chocolate, chocolate ice cream, chocolate in some sort of pastry, more ham and stuffing!

So for all you people, like me, still having to brave the Christmas shops and regretting not ordering everything online, here is the Christmas mega post! A mix of things here, a couple of honourable mentions too!

Have a great holiday and we’ll be back in the new year with an Old Year SumUP!

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD PUT SOME CLOTHES ON... robot x4543!Click for full image

Santa has four arms... right?Click for full image

We're going to need a bigger present....Click for full image

Looks like santa had some space tricks before heading out this evening!Click for full image

Technically ever day is before a christmas... right? So when should I murder!?!?Click for full image

Ah Mars, the new dictatorship of the universe.Click for full image

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: 8.64 out of 10)
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Sep 30

Well we had Paris yesterday… or Blackpool… or Las Vegas… anyway, it’s a loose tie-in!

Many thanks to Tat Wood who sent these in ages ago but have been sitting around due to site problems. Which, I might add, are still being looked at – I swear!

SPACCCCCCCCCCCCEEEEEEEEEEEEEE SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!Click for full UNSHEEPED image

Published 1986

All.. and I mean ALL authors should have this. Click for full image

Guys... you could row! I'm doing all the work here!Click for full image

Published 1987

At least it's covering up all the right parts!Click for full image

Published 1982

Beautiful anicent useless armour. Click for full image

Published 1975

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: 8.19 out of 10)
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May 24

Yes!! May is so full of UK Bank Holidays which means only one thing… which the world eagerly awaits… a special Good Show Sir post!

Today I bring you a French Mega Post! Sent in by the wonderful Cedric *coughs* two years ago… So I am just posting them now. Maybe it has something to do with me currently visiting Paris with le wonderful Tag Wizard. So watch out, French bookshops! We’ll be looking for more!

Enjoy the post and to those in the UK that get a long weekend, I hope you enjoy it!

Fly around like that... you're going to get crazy locals checking you out!Click for full UNSHEEPED image

Cedric Comments: The blue bird with rainbow wings and of course bare breasts (the marketing dept. strikes again) is already wonderful but what takes this cover to a higher level is the man at the bottom left, staring at the bird with a WTF look on his face. Beautiful.
Published 1982

These dudes don't even have any catnip... lets go... Click for full image

Cedric Comments: I can’t help but think the tiger and his friend the very stern bear keep bitching about their colleagues in the back, the hippo and his friend the fox (hyena? other strange mammal?).
Published 1983, available in English as “The Battle of Forever”

Nope... I really preferred when the giant gorilla attacked it... lets get it back in place!Click for full image

Cedric Comments: Fireworks! Giant face of a woman! Building with an antenna that goes straight into the aforementioned lady’s right nostril!
Published 1980, originally “Ein Komet fallt vom Himmel”

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: 8.88 out of 10)
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May 03

It’s another bank holiday weekend and that can only mean one thing for us here at Good Show Sir! Party time! Or possibly just the cinema and a few beers, which might be a party… to some people.

These covers have been sent in by the very excellent Saxy Stevenson who found them while in Nepal. Hope you enjoy them, as for the published dates… ummm can anyone here read Japanese?

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Excuse me, do you mind!?! We're... well actually you don't want to know what we're about to do... Click for full image

When space shoulder pads just go too far... Click for full image

Sssssshhh... don't startle him darling... I'll go get the man sized hamster ball!Click for full image

That's the problem with you paint your corridors with life sucking daemonic colours...Click for full image

Lime green? Why not... why... not...Click for full image

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: 6.86 out of 10)
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Dec 21

Well it has come to that time of year again when we at Good Show Sir need to take a break to steal Christmas presents from children, eat an insane amount of other peoples food and of course, get stinking drunk and rant about book covers!

Not to worry though, we’ll be back first thing in the new year with a round up of the best of 2011’s covers!

Here we have some fantastic Hungarian covers sent in by Gabor and River, about 9 months ago! I appologise for keeping them hidden for so long but here they are, all six of them!

Have a great holiday! And again thanks to everyone who visits the site and all the specials ones who leave comments which brighten our days with witty banter!

It's the new family holiday destination, space worm holes.Click for full image

Nothing makes an action hero more epic.. than a ferret on his knee!Click for full image

Looks like I picked the right time to bring this phallic shaped weapon!Click for full image

It was our first date and well... I learned we should have just gone for coffee.Click for full image

Marbles in space just isn't the same when you are playing by yourself.Click for full image

That digital world looks a bit... nippy...Click for full image

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: 7.95 out of 10)
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Jul 18

I haven’t done a mega post or an honourable mentions in a while so here we go! Here’s a collection of some special French covers sent in by Cedric and Paul. Thanks very much and I hope everyone enjoys them!

Seriously... what?!!?Click for full image

Cedric Comments: Here is a wonderfully psychedelic and disturbing cover. This is before Photoshop, in the late 70s/early 80s.
Published 1977

Shoo! Shoo! We're trying to have an evil picnic here!Click for full MORALLY CORRUPTIBLE image

Cedric Comments: Note the strange animal at the front, confused about whether it should be a polar bear, an unicorn or some kind of big eagle. Or maybe a big confused cat, judging by the claws? And of course you can find a lightly clad lady in the back, requested by the marketing department to boost sales.
Published 1982

Once you get used to the fur everywhere and the feces they're surprisingly good warriors!Click for full image

Cedric Comments: There is something highly disturbing about these little hairy folks.
Published 1990

Eyes, or kiwi's?Click for full image

Paul’s Art Direction: Mutants have eyes. This is an anthology of mutant stories that means lots of eyes in fact so many eyes you could float on them, do it!
Published 1974

Space Sheep censoring doesn't count for ugly nakedness!Click for full image

Paul’s Art Direction: Make everything droopy!
Published 1972

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: 7.82 out of 10)
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Feb 11

This covers have all been sent in by River and I thought they might all make an excellent mega post. Thanks very much to River who has also provided some information about each!

I'm way too happy to be jumping over a M!Click for full image

Contains 100 short stories by Hungarian authors.
Published 2003

My right arm is huge! My left... not so much.Click for full image

This third hardcover reissue contains two novels written by a Hungarian author under English pseudonym. Writing fantasy and science fiction stories under English pen names was very popular in the 90s. And many readers really thought that these writers are from abroad.
Published 1999

At least it doesn't feckin' sparkle!Click for full UNSHEEPED image

Translating the Hungarian title to English was also a strange tradition in these books just like the English pen names for Hungarian writers. You can read inside that, A szellemlt, means, The Spiritseer. Hardcover.
Published 2005

That's cheating! No hydraulics allowed!Click for full image

j Galaxis is a science fiction magazine published twice a year in Hungary. Guess which years product is this one. 1988? You slipped twenty years. This issue is only three years old.
Published 2008

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: 8.93 out of 10)
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