Nov 10

GOG-666, my new vanity licence plateClick for full image

Good Show Sir Comments: When Russians plan a race of supermen, good looks are a low priority.
Published 1963

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: 7.63 out of 10)

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34 Responses to “G.O.G. 666”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    D.O.G. 666
    Isn’t that 95.14 in human years–my best friend who has his day?

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    “What? You’ve wasted 15 minutes on this cover and you haven’t even started painting the sidekick? Just sketch him in and be done with it. You have 10 more covers to finish before lunchtime.”

  3. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Isn’t that the number of the Apocalypse—the number of the Beast?
    The number of that new Russian takeout joint on the corner?

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Russian Scientists go to inhuman lengths to plan a race of supermen–

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    @Dead Stuff: I was thinking more John Colicos, who was Nasty Russians in ‘Mission: Impossible’ et al when he wasn’t being Klingons or other Nasty Aliens.

  6. THX 1138 Says:

    The lumbago of the Beast.

  7. Anna T. Says:

    You know, there was an actual incident involving a crackpot Soviet scientist who planned on creating a race of supermen by attempting to inseminate women with chimpanzees. In the Caribbean. Fortunately for the continued sanity of the planet, the project never really got off the ground.

    Yeah, what’s truly insane isn’t the knockoff Frankenstein’s monster on the cover – it’s the fact that this book seems to be based off actual, real-life insanity.

  8. Tom Noir Says:

    “Listen, Dr. Lubonov, this superman of yours doesn’t look anything like what you showed us in the drawings.”

  9. fred Says:

    Back cover. I really really really needed a detailed explanation on what I saw on the front cover. And how the hell did Archer get on this cover? Accidental drunken time travel?

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    That’s the most neurotic blurb I’ve ever seen — asking us to confirm it.

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The book was reprinted with the title RUSSIA’S OLYMPIC STEROID PROGRAM.
    (Too soon?)

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    After reading the front and back covers, I’m left confused. Are we supposed to be cheering on the Russians? Or the supermen? Lex Luthor, perhaps?

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Interesting that this esoteric, hidden, coded, mysterious, murky, other-worldly title is propped up next to The Trial of the Templars. Coincidence? I hardly think so.

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    @B. Chiclitz: I’m more concerned that someone filed it next to WG Sebald thinking that ‘The Rings of Saturn’ would be space-opera.

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tat—not to mention Harrison’s “Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion.” I think we’ve stumbled onto a vast interstellar conspiracy, my friend. Zeus help us all!

  16. Perry Armstrong Says:

    In Soviet Russia, Pulp Sci-fi Cover Reads You!

  17. Bibliomancer Says:

    In Soviet Russia, Beast says 666 is OK. Lucky number!

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Rewrite the title in Cyrillic script. Then flip it upside-down. It reads 999 L.O.L.

  19. Perry Armstrong Says:

    “Russian scientists go to inhuman lengths to (*ahem*) PLAN a race of Supermen”

    So this never gets past committee phase, huh?

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “SWEDISH scientists go to inhuman lengths to plan a committee to investigate the forming of another committee to discuss the feasibility of voting on the suggestion to set up a committee to weigh the pros and cons of creating a race of supermen… after lunch.”

  21. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Too many unnecessary words..thick obnoxious line work…I’m guessing Michael Poe.

  22. A.R.Yngve Says:

    FRENCH scientists go to inhuman lengths to create a race of SUPERMEN… and after a number of cigarettes and chocolate eclairs, they are overcome with ennui, decide that superhumans are a futile construct of language, and decide to hook up with their old schoolteachers instead.

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    AMERICAN scientists go to inhuman lengths to create a race of SUPERMEN… but the result refuses to fight crime, and starts a lucrative chain of megachurches dedicated to worshipping him. He dies of a heart attack ten years later — a bloated, drug-addicted billionaire.

  24. RachelJ Says:

    @A.R.Yngve #10. It seems the publishers got genuinely worried about the 666 reference going over their readers’ heads. Who knows, perhaps title-explanatory blurbs should be used more often?

    The Undead
    “The Undead? You mean vampires, right? Because they’re neither living nor dead?”

    And Disregards The Rest
    “Isn’t that a line from that Simon & Garfunkel song? ‘The Boxer’?”

    To Sail A Darkling Sea
    “Isn’t that a quote from that poet guy, you know, Arnold Masefield or whoever? No? Aww, c’mon, can’t we pretend? Please?”

  25. JuanPaul Says:

    CANADIAN scientists go to inhuman lengths to create a race of SUPERMEN…just kidding. Canadians would never do something like that.

  26. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @JP—you’re right, they settle for feeling tastefully superior to the yanks below.

  27. Tat Wood Says:

    GERMAN scientists go to…

    Oh, right. That one happened.

  28. A.R.Yngve Says:

    BRITISH scientists go to inhuman lengths to create a race of SUPERMEN… and then start calling them “wankers” and “social climbers” behind their backs.

  29. GSS ex-noob Says:

    MEXICAN scientists go to inhuman lengths to create a race of SUPERMEN… and lucha libre becomes the most popular sport in the world.

    (I have a feeling this has already been a movie. Probably with El Santo.)

  30. A.R.Yngve Says:

    AUSTRALIAN scientists go to inhuman lengths to create a race of SUPERMEN… who then go to Hollywood and star in superhero movies.

    OK, that’s the “nice” version. Here’s the “nasty” version:

    AUSTRALIAN scientists go to inhuman lengths to create a race of SUPERMEN… who discover that supermen can drink and do drugs all day without any side effects. They plan to stay on Bondi Beach forever.

  31. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: Why not both?

  32. JJYoyo Says:

    I can’t help noticing the lack of tension in GOG’s hands. Like he’s a SUPERMAN about to sit down and play some ragtime on the piano. The gesture is eerily similar to Christopher Walker’s hands in the video for Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice”

  33. GSS ex-noob Says:

    MUSICAL scientists go to inhuman lengths to create a race of SUPERMEN… and the Chopin and Van Cliburn Competitions were never the same.

  34. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Pictured: the initial pitch and the actual product.

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