Jan 06

PCP man... AWAY!!!Click for full image

Tom Noir’s Art Direction: I want a cover that oozes manliness from every pore! And I want to see those pores! I want to smell the musky odor of that manliness! I want to bathe in it as it drips down my naked, strapping torso beneath the scorching gaze of a skullsplosion! KABOOM!!!
Published 1988

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: 8.72 out of 10)

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37 Responses to “Manfac”

  1. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Did you know? Many copies of the book had to be thrown away during the UK release, because of all the naughty schoolchildren who scribbled a “G” over the “C” in the title with marker pens… or simply added a “K”.

    There’s just no getting around the fatal goof here, is there? Just say the book title several times fast, and you wonder “What The Hell Were They Thinking?”…

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:


  3. THX 1138 Says:

    Beyond bionics and into treatment of lumbago!

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Beyond armpit hair! Beyond butch!

  5. SI Says:

    “Sir… your nipple is sweating again…”

  6. fred Says:

    A human skull in a mushroom cloud. As far as mushroom cloud art goes it’s a little above a laughing Satan in my opinion.
    And the book lives down to the level of the cover. As if there was any doubt.

  7. Perry Armstrong Says:

    I’m guessing being told a ‘Manfac’ is a bit like ‘Mansplaining’, so here goes…

    MANFAC: Men’s right activists’ boycott of ‘The Force Awakens’ successful; film declared major flop!

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    Should have injected more of that Human Growth Hormone into the left arm, to even things out.


  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Now today class we will learn to draw the human triceps. Wait, where’s Bob? Oh, he got a paying gig to do a cover for Baen? Ah me, he left class too soon; he was not ready, and I fear the outcome.”

  10. Tom Noir Says:

    ‘Manfac’ is of course an anagram for ‘Mac Fan’. Obviously this fellow on the cover is celebrating his acquisition of an Apple Lisa.

  11. anon Says:

    @A.R.Yngve: Beyond armpits!

  12. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Get a haircut, ya dirty hippie A-bomb.

  13. Bibliomancer Says:

    @fred – A book review that includes its own Good Show Sir worthy credentials:

    “The other reward from this book is the cover, presumably featuring Lance in his hunky Manfac suit. I read the book on a plane, and generally angled the cover away from onlookers, out of the hope that they wouldn’t get the wrong idea about what kind of book I was reading, or what kind of person I was, Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That.”

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:

    If you happen to be reading MANFAC in public, DO NOT hold your fingers across the title logo so that they obscure the second “A” and the space after “C”.

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I think he’s got bionic nipples too.

  16. dangermom Says:

    What I want to know is, how does he put his arms down?

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Perhaps a “Spung!” tag should be added.

  18. Anna T. Says:

    I assume this man is supposed to be attractive. Well, I don’t know about you lot, but I have never found overmuscled bodybuilder physiques to be in any way attractive. And this guy here has muscles dripping out of his very pores. Eeh.

  19. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I am losing control. The more I look at this cover the weirder it is. I know I am a bit “pareidolia” obsessive, but I swear there’s a face in this guy’s chest. See the nipples as eyes and look down. But do not fear, Tag, I will not lobby for a “face in chest” tag.

  20. Tom Noir Says:

    Since the book is about a guy in a strongman suit, maybe the nipples are his eye holes.

  21. Tat Wood Says:

    If the nipples are eyes they’re really wonky – one is significantly higher than the other.

    I saw a lionman face, with the shadows under his pecs as the furrowed brow of Alsan.

  22. Bibliomancer Says:

    @ Tom Noir – You call that a strongman suit? This is a strongman suit.

  23. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tat—I too saw a feline cast to the chest face, but figured I was already pretty far out on the ledge, so didn’t want to push it.

  24. Perry Armstrong Says:

    He ain’t so tough – no mansuit’s really complete without fists for nipples.

  25. Tat Wood Says:

    @Perry: and three Y chromosomes?

  26. Ray P Says:

    In just seven days I can make you a …

    Too bad the world ended when Joe won Mr. Universe.

  27. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    It looks just like in the movie, but the actual posability is CRAP.

  28. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    This is one of Miro’s iconic covers for the entire oeuvre of Martin Gaidin. This book, with this cover, is eminently collectible. If you find it in a second-hand bookshop, get it – it’s exceedingly rare and is worth about £200 on the current Gaidin market.


  29. Tom Noir Says:

    Hot damn! I knew snapping up every paperback I saw that featured nipples would pay off!!

  30. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    If you were to hold your finger over the F, you could claim that the title is ‘Maniac’…and the gentleman on the cover is a maniac, maniac on the floor, because he’s dancing like he (literally) has never danced before, and doesn’t know how it works. If.

  31. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    North Korea’s version of Netflix wouldn’t mention merit here…if it weren’t called Manbang.

    I hope you’ll join me in calling for a Manbang in every North Korean home.

  32. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Only in North Korea can you get away with a name like “Manbang”, because anyone who laughs at it is sent away to a prison camp.

    “Long live the people’s glorious new Manb… BWA HA HAAA!”
    “All right, off you go… NEXT!”
    “We thank our Dear Leader for bringing us the Great Manba… HA HA HA HAAAA!!”

  33. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    In hindsight, it should have been obvious that 2016 was to be a year of covers so bad that Flashback Fridays came into being, more as a necessity than merely a good idea. 😉

  34. fred Says:

    I GOOGLEed. The world seems to be free of Manfac fanfic.

  35. JJyoyo Says:

    You lads are all just jealous. I know I am….. um, was that over sharing ?

  36. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Why in the world a publisher thought this title and this cover were a good idea, no one will ever know.

    checks publisher’s name Ah. Yes. Well. QED.

    Can we get a “weird pecs” tag? Why are his nipples at two different heights?

  37. JJYoyo Says:

    @GSSxN: his nipples are at the correct height. He laughs at your puny conceptions of perspective. It is the Universe that’s at the wrong and Batmanesque angle. Man-FACT!

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