May 04

Hope the **ANTICIPATION** was worth itClick for full image

Joachim’s Art Direction: So I’m thinking cowlick + half a blue gimp mask + weird hands…

Published 1964

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: 8.50 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “Le Long Voyage”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Le Who Comes Up With This Shite.

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    Ah, good old fashioned bad. At this point I think we need the relief.

  3. DaveM Says:

    The black and white man in the blue and green gimp armour juggling planets is honestly not what’s catching my attention on this cover. I mean, yeah, it’s something, but I’m drawn to the text at the bottom.

    (1) Gilles d’Argyre is a great name for an author, in fact it’s a great name full stop. “You fight well youngster, but you face no ordinary guard. For I am Gilles d’Argyre!” (dramatic chord)

    (2) Google tells me the text at the bottom should be read as
    “Black River”

    Yeah, beats me..

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @DaveM: You’re right! ‘In Anticipation of the Black River’, a Gilles d’Argyle novel of murder, moisture and interesting socks, written by the famous Asian-French novelist Le Long Voyage, sounds much better.

  5. DaveM Says:

    @DSWBT, Sir you are a genius! It does make a lot more sense that way! I shall petition the admins of this great site to change the page name to “Anticipation of the Black River” instead of the (obviously) authors name. 🙂

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Le long voyage c’est le short read.

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Maybe it’s a novel about ketchup.

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    The eyes and quiff seem to belong to Jeff Morrow, from ‘This Island Earth’. International copyright law was a long tine a-coming, wasn’t it?

    Love the carbon-atom soul-patch.

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    Le Long Voyage: The Challenging Career of a One-Armed Juggler

    “…**ANTICIPATION**… — Paris Match

    “… fleuve noir de merde …” — Le Monde

  10. THX 1138 Says:

    @Tat: Looks like he’s had too many hits of the Interociter. Just say no, kids.

    Also, come now, surely “bighanditis” is required as a tag?

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @ Le B’mancer— 😉

  12. A.R.Yngve Says:


    Are we SURE this is a real cover and not a hoax? :-S

  13. fred Says:

    This is just the start of a cunning viral media campaign by Sony to test the waters for a possible Doctor Doom movie.

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @fred: starring Gimpy Smurf?

  15. Anna T. Says:

    Anyone know why he’s got an atom design tattooed on his chin? Also, on closer inspection he seems to be wearing some kind of blue mask over his face, and his exposed forehead and eyes reveal he’s actually monochrome.

    I have no idea who designed this bloody awful outfit, but I suspect it may be responsible for enlarging his hand. (He’s not wearing a glove.)

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The atomic soul patch nicely complements the atomic ear cuff. The bighanditis tag is sorely missed. I also see more than a little bit of smugness in his demeanor, though not much smirk.

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Needs “bighanditis” tag, I agree.

    Is that even a spacesuit? A good chunk of his gray-scale head is sticking out, along with gray-scale big hand. Nowhere to put a helmet. I think it’s just a fancy Atomic Age gimp suit, too tight at the wrist.

    His soul patch seems to have only 3 electrons, which makes it lithium. Perhaps a clue to what the artist’s problem was.

  18. fred Says:

    @DSWBT – My bad. It could also be a Sony re-booting of either Galactus or Susan Storm.

    The title mentions ‘voyage’ but there is no depicted mode of transportation. I nominate pale blue roller skates covered in silver glitter with multi-colored 4″ leather fringe at the ankles and bright red laces. Flashing blue lights at the wheel hubs optional.

  19. JuanPaul Says:

    It’s a nice representation of Charles DeGaul’s overinflated sense of self worth.

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Also, Ting! Those brass buttons are going Ting!

  21. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Considering how famous France is for its fashion industry, that book cover would cause at least *twice* as much scorn and mockery of skiffy fans as in any other country…

    “Gilles, que’est que-ce?? Quelle costume zatapatique!”
    “Mais oui, c’est La Couture Future!”
    “Tu est le con plus gros de l’univers…Ho-ho-ho-ho!”

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