Oct 21

Uh oh... boss is watching... look busy! I'll... uh... massage it's neck.Click for full image

Chris D Comments: I quite like this cover. As far as following the plot, I suppose that the vacuum tube with the face in is meant to be one of the computers with a human brain. I also like that it was probably completed in just under a half hour.
Published 1967

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: 6.72 out of 10)

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28 Responses to “Destination – Void”

  1. Noel Says:

    I remember this from an episode of Mr Benn.

  2. GSS Admin Says:

    I actually really like this too. But I remembered someone saying a long time ago why not post some covers I like… SO there… years after the fact… I have won! (Truth is I really like all the covers though!)

    There’s just something really nice about the old Penguin covers. I have a few of them on my shelf just for their particular cover greatness!

  3. Perry Armstrong Says:

    They’re wearing spacesuits because… they’re in a vacuum tube. Seems legit.

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    Does Easter Island know about this?

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Five legs, all on one side of the body. HOW DOES THAT BEAST WALK ABOUT?


  6. fred Says:

    Proof positive of time travel. The Face of Boe went from future Dr Who to a Penguin paperback cover in the past or vice versa.

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    Don’t let it fall on me while I’m having my picture taken.

  8. Noel Says:

    @fred: well, it is Back to the Future Day.

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    I’m sorry that’s not a cat person in that valve. Then I could use my cathode pun.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Tiny as they are, I don’t see how the spacemen can fit through that even tinier door.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    And what’s with that little jaunty hand-on-hip thing?

    “Ha, he’s wondering why he’s having trouble breathing. Looks like I’ve got the only oxygen pack!”

  12. Tom Noir Says:

    The important thing is to cause lots of eye strain to potential book buyers trying to make out the title.

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    @Bibliomancer: the big ball of wool under the valve (‘tube’ for yanks) indicates that they were expecting feline visitors.

  14. Anna T. Says:

    @fred: I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but the Face of Boe is orange. That’s probably just an impersonator.

    A bad one.

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    He may not be handsome, but his transistor is pretty cute!

    I’ll get me coat.

  16. Tat Wood Says:

    @Anna T: That was Boe after five billion years. Maybe this is before his jar got a sunbed.

  17. fred Says:

    @all Boe face color fanatics: Cool blue is the new/old orange.

  18. Perry Armstrong Says:

    It’s white and gold.

  19. THX 1138 Says:

    @B. Chiclitz: He’s a little teapot short and stout.

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Deleted scene from YELLOW SUBMARINE: Ringo and Paul visit the Giant Brando to learn how to defeat the Blue Meanies.

  21. A.R.Yngve Says:

    There’s an urban legend that opticians bought loads of these covers with “blurred” fonts to put in their waiting rooms. They sold many more glasses to customers that way.

  22. anon Says:

    Instant Video: Dio
    H.B. Rank-Ferret

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Destination: Bargain Bin

  24. anon Says:

    “How to get ahead in navigation”

  25. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Ladeez and Gentlemen, your attention pleeze. Thank you for choosing to fly on Herbert Airlinezz. We regret to inform you that boarding for flight 46, with service to Void, haz been delayed. We expect to begin boarding in another forty-five minitz. Thank you for your continued pashuntz, pleeze remain in the boarding area.’

    Blue Head Dude: ‘…’

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    But where does the four-sixths of a flightless waterfowl come in?

  27. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @GSS ex-python: If anyone doesn’t know the answer, they get hurled off the Bridge of Death.

  28. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @DSWBT: Am now picturing this illustration walking off the book and into a landscape featuring Victorian cut-outs.

    Alternatively, the penguin could have electric tentacles and be in the Sahara.

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