Dec 12

If only we could steer these things!Click for full image

Tom Noir Comments: I need you to try, and try REALLY hard, not to think about where that dolphin’s blowhole is.
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: 8.71 out of 10)

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30 Responses to “Destiny and the Dolphins”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    The destiny of the dolphins seems to be leading to their first taste of human flesh – look, the middle one’s relishing the idea.

  2. FrankN.Stein Says:

    So long and thanks for all the fish!

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘No, see, they’re all wearing bathing trunks. Look closely…what do you mean I have to get off the bus? This isn’t even close to my stop!’

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    It seems this is the ‘tail end’ of a trilogy, preceded by Dolphin Boy (1967) and Daughters of the Dolphin (1968).This one must be when the paternity suit takes place.

  5. DaveM Says:

    Story by Roy Meyers
    Cover design by Russ Meyer.

  6. THX 1138 Says:

    “Fa love Pa… Oi, not that much!”

  7. JuanPaul Says:

    Ugh, environmentalists, what a bunch of dolphin huggers.

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    When SeaWorld® trainers go rogue.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “The Upperair World Was A Forest Of Dangers.”

    In an impressive double feat, this blurb gets both the “Dumb Coinage” and the Mixed Metaphor Awards for 2016! Move over, Dylan!

  10. Ray P Says:

    Flipper has a lot to answer.

  11. fred Says:

    Their swimwear would have to be yellow with polka dots.

  12. JuanPaul Says:

    They call him flipper, flipper, flipper. Yup, they’re all named flipper.

  13. Bibliomancer Says:

    This trio has discovered a new species: the Humpback Dolphin

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Upon further study, it seems that the key to this cover lies in that easy-to-miss fourth dolphin in the background, who’s thinking: “Heh, heh, let those smiling morons act like horses and carry stupid humans around all day. As for me, well, that was a tasty snack!”

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The Upperair World Was A Forest Of Dangers But Immersing Air-Breathing Vertebrates In Seawater ALWAYS Works Out Well.

  16. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Putting the ‘seat’ in ‘cetacean’.

  17. Tom Noir Says:

    Note that this book cover tells us that it is the ORIGINAL. There are many naked people + dolphins knock-offs out there, so accept no substitutes!

  18. Anna T. Says:

    Hey, Tag Wizard, wouldn’t you think the “devil’s dumplings” tag to be appropriate for this cover?

    On a different note, those dolphins are definitely up to something nefarious. Look at their smug grins.

  19. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Anna T.—you seem to have more pull with the Tag Wizard than I do, so why not lobby for a “Smirky McSmug” tag for those all-too-self-satisfied dolphins?

  20. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @BC: and what would be the porpoise in that?

    (Someone had to say it!)

  21. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @DSWBT: 😉

  22. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @JuanPaul: funny enough, the people are named Footsie, Footsie and Footsie.

  23. GSS noob Says:

    They’re no Bennie and the Jets.

    Center dolphin is def. “Smirky McSmug”, as his extreeeemely close personal friend may also be. However, I don’t think “starkers” fits, as the humans are all wearing the famed itsy bitsy teenie etc. Although five’ll get you ten that they *were* starkers before someone hastily added the swimwear.

    Since dolphins are now known to be rapey bastids, I’m not fussed about the blowhole. Ghu knows what those two get up to on a daily basis. The girls may be traveling behind them just to keep a wary eye on them.

  24. RachelJ Says:

    Bet these kids are really ashamed to be stuck with stupid old dolphins when all their friends are riding around on killer whales.

  25. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @RachelJ—that orca’s looking kind of smug as well. What is it with these cetaceans?

  26. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The Upperair World Was A Forest Of Dangers, So Everyone Sank To the Bottom And Stayed There.

    Density and the Dolphins

  27. Anna T. Says:

    @B. Chiclitz: You have a point.

    @Tag Wizard: So, on top of the “devil’s dumplings” tag, how about “Smirky McSmug” for the dolphins, eh? I mean, just look at their smarmy grins.

  28. HappyBookworm Says:

    The alt text made me laugh out loud. That guy in the middle is totally thinking, “I hope these dolphins know where they’re going, because I sure don’t. Guess it’s my destiny to go wherever they take me.”

    Aside: since when does an ocean scene suggest either an “upper air world” or a forest of any kind?

  29. Khaki Says:

    Reviewed, but not read, in episode 26 of Cover My Ass: “Roy Meyers’s THOT To His Enemies”

    “Boom-Shankar, dear readers-at-home, let’s have ourselves a good old-fashioned beach sesh!

    Ayurvedic space hippies think they found the perfect gig, unaware that they’re being exploited by scheming planetary real-estate developers — and the very wildlife they think they’re protecting…

    Make love, not peace.”

    Thank you for another gem, Good Show Sir 🙂

  30. Tag Wizard Says:

    @Khaki — It’s almost, as if, in a sense … there is a story behind each of these terrible book covers!

    Good Show Sir on your podcast! I’m a subscriber and they are funny as hell.

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