Nov 16

Heeeeeeres Johneeeeeeeeee!!!!!!Click for full image

Billy Awesome Comments: Give me a giant, noseless alien with male pattern baldness and a 2nd-degree sunburn, looming behind the planet Earth while he scratches his forehead bewilderingly with one tentacle, and digs for earwax with another. Put him in a cutoff denim vest, and try to give him an air of whimsy. Now, get out of my office.

Published 1977

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: 6.00 out of 10)

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16 Responses to “Iceworld”

  1. Perry Armstrong Says:

    The final shot of the first ‘Men in Black’ film, from a different angle.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    He’s just showing off because he can lick his own elbows.

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Let me know if you see that fellow, he owes me 50 from the Cheltenham Races.

  4. fred Says:

    Front and back covers of 1953 hardcover. Got to investigate those early Conan covers.

  5. fred Says:

    Nice Gnome Press site for old covers.

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    Good Morning, Vietnam

  7. anon Says:

    “No one could possibly live on that frozen plant but someone claiming to live there was leaving them messages on their answering machine.”

  8. Anna T. Says:

    That is the expression on the face of a kid who’s just had their toys taken away by their parents.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Ok we want this alien to be really creepy and terrifying, so let’s give him disproportionately big eyes so that he reminds us of an infant and makes us all smile when we look at the cover.”

    “Awww, and whose little alien invader are you? And what planet is that? Is that Earth? Yes it is!”

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The Earth Rule: “When showing Planet Earth on a book cover, North America will always be plainly visible because 90% of our readers won’t understand what planet it is, unless they see America.”

  11. Anna T. Says:

    @A.R.Yngve: Even if none of the Earth scenes are in North America, and indeed the book wasn’t written by a North American!

  12. anon Says:

    That’s one damn big North America. Going by that, South America wraps around the South Pole.

    “See my guns? See them? You don’t wanna mess with me.”

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    It’s called ‘Iceworld’ but we cans see the coasts of northern Canada and a little bit of Siberia, just like on a map or a globe.

  14. Vyrmis Says:

    And thus the ages-old mystery of the purpose of Earth is revealed: the ball in a cosmic bottle of roll-on deodorant.

  15. Perry Armstrong Says:

    @A.R.Yngve(10): One of the (many, many) things I adore about ‘Dr Who: The Tenth Planet’ is its gleeful subversion of this trope, in which identified land masses include South America and Africa, and most notably Polly’s weird obsession with Malaysia!

  16. Tat Wood Says:

    @Perry Armstrong: and she does it on a planet that’s upside down and revolving at 45rpm. In thick fog.

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