Mar 24

Boyd takes on the Catsuit ArmyClick for full image

Good Show Sir Comments: Oh. I thought you said “Ring of Violins.” Never mind. — Roseanne Roseannadanna
Published 1969

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: 8.12 out of 10)

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26 Responses to “Ring of Violence”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Clash at Paper Clip Hills

  2. THX 1138 Says:


  3. Bibliomancer Says:

    A woman who just cannot let go.

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @B’mancer: I think she’s using the gentleman as a cudgel against their attackers. It’s a fractal thing.

  5. Ray P Says:

    A day at the beach disturbed by the German army Acrobat Corps.

  6. Tom Noir Says:

    Now a major motion picture starring Jet Li.

  7. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @fred: observe, Pavane clouds.

  8. Anna T. Says:

    Our Hero came through the dimensional gate to rescue the Damsel in Distress from her wetsuit-clad captors! Once he finishes fighting them off, and the Damsel feels confident enough to let go of his leg, they can return home!

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    Maybe issuing the guards with guns a human adult can hold and aim might have been a good idea. Perhaps their own arsenal was destroyed and they had to raid the Gibbon Platoon.

  10. Jon K. Says:

    @DSWBT: I think you’re right – I’m not seeing a lower left leg on Mr. Bare-Chested, so he’s probably only useful as a blunt instrument, at least in this context.

    George Carlin thought of this, too –

  11. fred Says:

    @DSWBT: Pavane rock as well.
    That must be the vertical unfinished bathtub of futility.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I think that tall arch is one of those “impossible figure” optical illusions (four columns at the top, three at the bottom). Boyd-n-Babe might also be impossible figures, but in a different way.

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Oh, and, those hats?

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @BC: yes?

    Maybe we’ve been interpreting this cover incorrectly. Maybe Boyd is the fellow with the firearm and the bayonet, programmed to kill the gentleman and the lady! The fact that Boyd looks exactly like every other citizen doesn’t detract from his murderous machine status.

  15. fred Says:

    Can’t these people afford gloves and footwear for their totally unarmored…..never mind.

  16. misterbob Says:

    Never mind gloves,chin straps would be useful – although what’s keeping one chaps helmet on is anyone’s guess.Perhaps the lady at his feet ?
    Shouldn’t there be a Dyson tag ?

  17. NGpm Says:

    “Get your paws off me you dirty … oh wait, never mind.”

  18. HappyBookworm Says:

    @Tat Wood – Maybe a spear with a gun-stock was the only thing left in the armory. Only one man even has that! Clearly they were scraping the bottom of the barrel here.

    Those, er, outfits…futuristic long johns, perhaps? Let’s go with the scenario that someone came through the magic wicket on the left and stole all the clothes on the planet.

  19. Originally Original Says:

    The catsuit folk quickly discovered that their many months training to use the spiked offensive helmets were a waste. It was all very well to bend horizontal at the waist and charge when facing inert bales of straw, but Boyd knew Judo.

    Bob grasped a random implement from the armory, but having no idea how to work it, opted to deploy the weapon in much the same way he would have used his helmet.

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    It just hit me: We laugh and roll our eyes at the “helpless ankle-clinging female” trope… but has it actually occurred inside a skiffy book for, say, the past 20 years?

  21. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @AR: I believe that twenty years would include the Left Behind series. So…that would be ‘yes’.

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I never understood the ankle-clinging on the side.

    Times when I have needed a strapping manly man (very few, thankfully), I get behind him so he’s between me and the danger, I have my feet under me (in case I have to run away), and I don’t add 100+ pounds of dead weight to his legs.

  23. Tom Noir Says:

    This woman, tho… she’s not really clinging to his ankles. She appears to be hurtling through the air, although in what direction is not clear. I’m quite curious about the sequence of events that resulted in that particular pose and position in space.

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Flinging the amputee chap around as a blunt instrument, and overbalancing? She, bare-chest, and overhead catsuit are all about to end up in a heap.

  25. DaveM Says:

    @Tom Noir, I think she’s heroically tackling him to give her colleagues from the Cossack Dutch cap brigade a chance at taking him down. I mean take away the obvious male power fantasy and it’s obvious that towel man is the villain and everybody else is just trying to subdue him.

  26. tselliotcartoon Says:

    it’s a matter of trust or perspective

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