Jan 30

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Good Show Sir Comments: “You’d drink as much as I do if you had to battle these mini-dragons every day!”
Published 1990

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: 7.35 out of 10)

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17 Responses to “Knight of Shadows”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    We can’t stop here, this is bat country. Sort of.

  2. B. Chiclitz Says:

    He seems to be floating on an intergalactic toadstool. Also, that wooden knife isn’t gonna slay too many mini dragons!

  3. Tat Wood Says:

    Bilbo here is what David Duchovny must have looked like c.1985.

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    Would you rather fight one dragon-sized duck or 20 duck-sized dragons?

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    Looks like Samwell Tarly is drunk again..

  6. Anna T. Says:

    The problems of an unexpected mini-dragon assault while only prepared to slay vampires . . .

  7. Yoss Says:

    “Back foul beasts! Back to the gumball machine from whence you came!”

    Some of those really do look like images of rubbery toys superimposed on the artwork.

  8. Ray P Says:

    He should’ve armed himself with a guitar like the dude on the cover of The paths of the perambulator..

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Am I really the first person to note the lack of the colour amber on the cover?

    It also seems to be made more of wood pulp and less of fossil tree sap.

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Is this really such a bad cover? The splash in the upper left corner is dreadful, otherwise I think this is pretty good. It has clarity, detail, humor, design, the text is legible, and the use of contrasting colors is garish but sharp.

  11. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @AR: you’re right about the contrasting colours. If you were to read it on the bus, the person next to you wouldn’t be able to interpret the blue/orange contrast, and might not pay attention…hm, we might have a subversion of the usual GSS criteria here.

  12. fred Says:

    I predict this exact scene in the next Jurassic Park only with automatic weapons.

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @AR—I want to agree with you. I think you make good points here. But then I look at it again and I am disoriented by the lack of context, the lack of any background, the little wooden sword, the question of why dragons need to arm themselves with daggers, spears, and, apparently, a magick wand. Oh well, I’ll give it one thing—unlike many GSS covers at least the light source seems consistent. Maybe this is because the word “Shadows” appears in the title and the artist wanted to make sure the shadows were done up properly.

    Perhaps a well placed ting! or two would help me.

  14. HappyBookworm Says:

    @ B. Chiclitz – That mini-dragon with the magic wand also caught my attention. Maybe he’s going around turning people into mini-dragons and that’s why there are so many? And maybe the ones with swords were castle guards or something so they were carrying weapons at the time of transformation…?…

    Or maybe I’m reading way too much into a picture of a mildly-irritated-looking guy swatting mini-dragons…

  15. Ray P Says:

    The passion seems to have fled. If only he had brought the Bat-flying lizard repellent spray.

  16. JuanPaul Says:

    @A.R. this is one of those covers subtly bad. Like, I feel that the artist was a bit too literal in depicting his model. In fact, it looks like he took a photo and did a little photoshop to make it look painty. Also, I don’t know if this man is indeed the titular Knight of Shadows, but red velour just isn’t cutting it. And if you look closely,the shirt has thick horizontal stripes (further supporting my photoshop theory).

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Whatever existed before Photoshop (cutting and pasting and painting over?), that’s how this cover came to be. Mr. White got his friend to dress up in red velour and wave a wooden sword, did something to the print, then banged in a bunch of mini-dragons what he stole from reading McCaffrey while stoned.

    @Tag Wizard: missing “Roger Zelazny” tag (although he probably hated this), and I guess we don’t have a “shuriken of announcement” tag.

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