Nov 05

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Good Show Sir Comments: “What unholy mind spawned the ultimate terrible cover art?”
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: 8.60 out of 10)

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30 Responses to “The Zap Gun”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Donald Trump’s constituency.

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Why is he glowing? I would have thought the title would have earthed him.

  3. Bibliomancer Says:

    Good Show Sir, Unknown Artist! I can assume he was paid in cash, in advance, for this masterpiece.

  4. Perry Armstrong Says:

    Is it weird that the thing most bugging me about this artwork is the absence of a propeller on his beanie?

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    1978 and he saw 90s Rave DJs coming? Impressive.

    And is that really Brian Eno in the lycra top? With PKD’s using him as a character in ‘Valis’ it seems horribly likely.

  6. Elvraie Says:

    Philip K. Dick must be turning in his grave like a kebab on a skewer, seing what could be considered for this great website (and also the Museum of Bad Art) a masterpiece.

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I like the sort of steampunk design of the gun, and the not so subtle evocation of a straw up the nose.

  8. THX 1138 Says:

    Eastern European children’s television really has gone to the dogs.

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    Flow my tears … of laughter … the policeman said …
    Just before he beat the crap out of this drug-addled punk.

  10. fred Says:

    Hmmm….a BAEN cover of Larry Niven’s tasp in use on an unsuspecting pers…unsuspecting roomful of BAEN babes would make my day.
    Zap guns don’t zap people, people with zap guns zap people.

  11. Anna T. Says:

    Is it weird that that gun evokes memories of the Noisy Cricket from “Men in Black”? Because the Noisy Cricket is clearly the more dangerous weapon here.

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Anna: Nosy cricket?

  13. Perry Armstrong Says:

    I think we’re missing the bigger question here – why does the die have a picture of Mr. Snuffleupagus?

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Just killed a man
    Put a gun against my nose
    Now the cover really blows

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    A musical about Philip K. Dick’s books composed by Queen would be fun…

  16. Tat Wood Says:

    @AR Yngve: Homeopapes of the World?

    (Full disclosure – I spent a couple of minutes thinking of ways to rewrite lyrics, but I got as far as ‘Tenement Funster’ and realised nothing useful rhymes with ‘conapt’)

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @AR, TW: do androids dream of electric fat-bottomed girls? (Answer: yes, and GSS has the artwork to prove it so!)

  18. Anna T. Says:

    @DSWBT: That’s a perfect name for that gun. The Nosy Cricket. Makes me laugh.

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Sung to the tune of Dick Van Dyke’s chimneysweeper song in MARY POPPINS:

    Ubik-ety, Ubik-ety, Ubik-etee
    The life of a dead man’s as hard as it can be…

  20. Tat Wood Says:

    @ A.R.Y: Super VALIS caballistic exegesis gnosis

  21. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tat: If you dare invoke it, you will suffer from psychosis!

  22. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    That wrestling jersey looks rather frilly round the edges.

  23. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @DS,@TAT—line 3:

    Wearing beanie caps too tight will cause a brain thrombosis!

  24. anon Says:

    Is that a solder gun or a tattoo needle?

  25. JuanPaul Says:

    “I’m Philip K, dick.”

  26. fred Says:

    A gun so nice they labeled it thrice.

  27. THX 1139 Says:

    I’d watch out – according to the suitcase, LARS INC are behind this, and we know how litigious Metallica can be.

  28. GSS ex-noob Says:

    At first glance, I was certain that Beanie Man had the thing up his nose, which fit with his overall aspect.

    And now I have that Mary Poppins song as an earworm, with occasional eruptions of “Enter Sandman”, and you can imagine how annoying that is.

    (And what IS Snuffy doing there?)

  29. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @DSWBT (wherever you are)—Way back at #1 you nailed it. Given the news of the day, I’m afraid that gun is now being loaded with more than happy powder.

  30. Bibliomancer Says:

    R.I.P. Zap Gun Dude 1978-2019.
    Death by loading his vape pen with Fentanyl.

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