Nov 23

Reload and shoot! Or the picnic will be ruined!Click for GIANT image

Charles Comments: These aren’t just ordinary ants. These are GI-ants.
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: 7.09 out of 10)

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30 Responses to “The Ant Men”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @admin: lemme get back to you on that cover. First, I’d like to rate Charles’ comment 9/10.

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I rather think that the abdomens all need to be Space Sheeped.

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘He had a clear view of Dr. Wise, Nugget, and Bill
    Carey crawling on all fours toward a kind of penthouse
    corner. It so excited him that he improved on the

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    Da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da

    Ant Men!

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    Of course the Ant Men are rioting. Remember how you greeted their ambassador:

  6. Tom Noir Says:

    These movie novelizations are the worst. That looks nothing LIKE Paul Rudd!

  7. Tom Hering Says:

    “Hands up! Black ants matter!” (Yes, I am ashamed.)

  8. THX 1138 Says:

    They’re missing two limbs… one antenna… and their pants!

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    Wow – they’ve managed to make less convincing ant-people than the Zarbi.
    And anyway, all the worker ants would be female, so the title’s wrong.

  10. fred Says:

    I was assuming the hero seducing the Queen wasn’t an option in this book but they do seem to be surrendering so….

  11. Anna T. Says:

    @THX 1138: “Ant-Men” is clearly a misnomer if they don’t even have the common decency to possess six limbs like actual insects.

    I really must wonder if those men in the foreground are hallucinating their opponents as giant “ant” people because of gas, and their opponents’ gas masks have contributed to this misconception.
    It sounds better than the actual book, to be honest.

  12. Francis Boyle Says:

    Man hurtles backwards in time. Headless body found in topless bar. Freddie Starr ate my hamster. . .

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Francis: Just a tabloid rumour. That’ll be £1, and £1 for him, too.

    Man hurtles backwards in time…and finds a nightmare world where ‘The Shake’ never died out!

  14. JuanPaul Says:

    Ant conga line!

  15. Tat Wood Says:

    What’s worrying about this cover is that the pith-helmeted gits are treating the oncoming horde as if they were Zulus or Masai and the ‘ants’ are in the right pose to be wielding assegais. Was this cover a lightly-reconditioned painting for some kind of ‘Mogambo’ knock-off and was the content written to suit that?

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    They’re not Ant Men, they’re Ant Unicorns!

  17. B. Chiclitz Says:

    You know it’s the day before Thanksgiving when you see this turkey of a cover.

    Ba-dum DUM.

  18. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B. Chiclitz – Did you play that Ba-dum DUM with your drumsticks?


  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I had hoped those were ant silhouettes in the font, but no such good fortune.

  20. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bibliomancer—as usual, I winged it. Happy Thanksgiving to ye, Pilgrim.

  21. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B. Chiclitz – Thanks for keeping me abreast! Happy Turkey Day, Squanto.

  22. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @DSWBT—I think they might be bite marks left after the ravenous ants began devouring the cover, only to find it was undigestible even to them, so gave up.

  23. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Speaking of Them! (1954)

  24. A.R.Yngve Says:

    What on Earth is the man in the foreground doing with that rifle?
    A) He doesn’t know how to hold a rifle
    B) He’s offering it to the ant-men in a gesture of surrender
    C) He’s blind and using it as a stick

  25. Francis Boyle Says:


    The Sun lying to me. I’ll have you know I believe any publication that has no use for Space Sheep.

  26. Anna T. Says:

    @Tat Wood: You raise some unfortunate implications, there . . . but I see your point.

  27. Tat Wood Says:

    @Anna T.: the publishers raised the unpleasant implications, as did the makers of the 50s books and films often illustrated that way, I was just mentioning it as tactfully as I could in a basically frivolous website.

    Unless you meant my comment about the Zarbi.

  28. Lionrock Says:

    “Woo-hoo! Welcome to our party humans! Hope you like sugar cos we’ve got loads!”
    “Eat lead, Ant-scum.”

  29. GSS ex-noob Says:

    An idle Google shows that this is the pen name of Aussie author Bernard Cronin.

  30. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Again, I’ve used Microsoft’s Auto-Summarize feature to save us a bit of trouble reading the thing…

    “Ants!” Nugget exclaimed. Nugget exploded. Ants!” Nugget echoed. Ants.” “Nugget grunted. Bill?” “Ant Men. Ant Men. Ant Men! Nugget grinned. Cannibal ants?” “Ant Men!” An Ant Men city. Ant Men, Jugs. In short, Ant Men. Nugget mumbled. “Ant Men,” Nugget growled. Agreed, Nugget?” “Bats!” “Morning, Nugget.” Nugget rumbled. Nugget growled. Nugget croaked. Nugget growled.

    170 The Ant Men

    “See that, Wise. Nugget shouted. Ant Men, yes. Man is only man.” Nugget muttered. Ant cows. Nugget yelled. Nugget yelled. Professor Orcutt. Wise?” “Nugget roared. Nugget snarled. “Nugget?” “Orcutt!

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