Oct 20

Fright wig ... BEHIND YOU!Click for full image

Bibliomancer Comments: The Man in the Iron Depends.
Published 1965

Ace Doubles, double the reading pleasure, double the bad cover art.
This is the flip side of last week’s book: Off Center

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: 7.46 out of 10)

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22 Responses to “The Rithian Terror”

  1. fred Says:

    The newest Bond villain – The Man In The Inflatable Suit.

  2. SI Says:

    I bet he’s glad he packed his extra large undies today!

  3. Bibliomancer Says:

    @SI – Yes, because he has a whole pants-load of terror behind him.

    And I never saw a sci-fi handgun that looked more like a blow drier.

  4. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Notice that two of the “fright wig” tendrils are actually the shadows of his legs, which means the rest of the fright wig is the shadow of those pants.

  5. B. Chiclitz Says:

    By the way, is that a rhetorical question at the top of the cover, or maybe the lead-in to a joke?

    Q: How do you find a space spy who substitutes perfectly for anyone in the universe?
    A: Practice, practice.

  6. Anna T. Says:

    What we have here, ladies and gentlemen, is a refugee from a Shakespeare production with bad costumes. He’s since become the star of a bad sci-fi movie, complete with hairdryers in use as gun props and an exceptionally unconvincing monster.

  7. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @BC:How do you find a space spy who substitutes perfectly for anyone in the universe?

    Answer: Trick him into becoming Ricardo Montalbán, lure him into the studio, and listen to how he pronounces the penultimate word in ‘available even in soft Corinthian leather’. If he cannot pronounce that first syllable, eureka! You’ve caught him!

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Dead Stuff WBT—my god, man, another fan of the legendary Chrysler Cordoba!! I salute you thus: “Corrrrrrinthian!”

  9. Perry Armstrong Says:

    Techno Trousers® issues recall due to failure to contain toxic emissions.

  10. Perry Armstrong Says:

    @Bibliomancer/AnnaT: … so, we’ve got Shakespearian actors in puffy shirts, hairdryer props and unconvincing monsters…

    Holy crap, it’s BLAKES 7!

  11. THX 1138 Says:

    Educate, inform, entertain, and get a group of neighbours together for a hootenanny.

  12. Tat Wood Says:

    Not exactly my kind of thing but ‘terror’ is over-pitching it a bit

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The Four Terrors: Domingo, Carreras, Pavarotti, Rithian.

  14. NGpm Says:

    Looks like Vidal Sassoon there is the perfect man to face down a giant hair tangle using only a blowdryer.

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Huzzah! I found my blowdrier! Now gather, ye hairy, at The Olde Hairdresser’s Shoppe… and I’ll make this a FA-bulous Renaissance Fair!”

  16. anon Says:

    A free spacehat: How do you spy Ford Prefect in any hut? Venison substitute isn’t lye.
    Error: Hit Her Taint
    Hank Ingot, MD

  17. Revellion Says:

    A complete novel.
    Is this information really necessary?

  18. Tom Noir Says:

    More like the Rithian Hair-or, amirite???

  19. Tat Wood Says:

    Yorick looks like he’s about to get plugged in

  20. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Is he wearing a collared shirt and necktie over a roll-neck sweater and under a smoking jacket? Fashion MADNESS!

  21. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Protip: always hang your shadow to dry after washing, never tumble-dry it.

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    It’s even worse. His outfit actually looks all one piece, not shirt(s) and tights.

    Meaning he’s wearing a V-neck jumpsuit with one of those decorative things you put on turkey legs over them.

    So I HOPE he’s wearing diapers, because he’s not getting that ensemble undone to relieve himself quickly.

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