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Good Show Sir Comments: It’s a Two-Fer Tuesday – Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow Edition!

#1 No Shoes, No Shirt … No Problem!

#2 Your boyfriend needs to wash his hands first.

Published 1956 and 1970

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: 7.50 out of 10)

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38 Responses to “Tomorrow and Tomorrow”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    1. She’s looking at the bottle of wine that the corkscrew behind her is to open.

    2. She’s still single, doesn’t need to rely on a man for a hand.

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    On close examination, there is only one lady in the first picture who is not both a) shifting her weight onto her left leg and b) looking upwards. Dynamic use of the human form there, Mr. Cover Artist!

  3. fred Says:

    1) Never before has such an intense battle been depicted on a cover. The horror.
    2) I’ve never heard them referred to as ‘science fiction’ before.
    The tomorrows should be in different fonts. A missed opportunity there.

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The blurb reads “Battle of strange cults for control of the world”…
    Shouldn’t the title of the book be TODAY AND TODAY then?

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    My take away from these two covers is that in the future, people don’t wear clothes, just paint.

  6. JuanPaul Says:

    Makes me wish it was yesterday.

  7. SI Says:

    Better the hand beach than the feet beach…. and no one wants to go to the others…

  8. Francis Boyle Says:

    In 1970, Trump had not yet developed his, er, more advanced, groping technique.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @fred—I think they are actually named “tomorrow” and “tomorrow.”

  10. THX 1138 Says:

    1: You can have a mint spray tan, a raspberry spray tan, a lemon spray tan, a blueberry spray tan… just don’t get too close to dogs or the effect is ruined.

    2: The last leg of this story really drags.

  11. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Ubisoft wanted to call the second one Tomorrow and Tomorrow 2, but cooler heads prevailed.

  12. Bibliomancer Says:

    #1 There is one guy with a hat and no shirt. Is he an enemy infiltrator in the cult wars?

    #2 What is that “keep on truckin'” character doing on the beach? Is this an R.Crumb cover?

  13. THX 1138 Says:

    @12: The Keep On Truckin’ character faces the other way when he walks, so obviously this is COMPLETELY different.

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Cover 2: the paint splashes on tomorrow (left) and tomorrow (right) look suspiciously like handprints, don’t you think? I guess she just walked through that field behind her.

  15. StevenLP Says:

    Given the architecture is intended to suggest it’s a century or more in the future, then clearly the cultists here are those dressed as if it’s the 1950’s. I do note there’s one future man only dabbling with the alternative culture – just trying the trilby.

  16. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tom: take a careful look at the gentlemen’s middles. I think that’s body paint AND control-top tights.

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Oi! Someone’s been messing with our Top 10 over there for a couple days, bringing in things that are only mildly WTF and getting rid of old favorites. “I Sing the Centaur-Arms Electric” is completely GONE!

    I don’t know if this is something GSS Admin or Tag Wizard is in charge of protecting the integrity of, but hmph, I say. Hmph.

    Although I’m fine with them bringing back Woman Onstage In Bear Suit.


    1. Why are the ladies all wearing their granny panties outside the catsuits? To be more strange? As a woman who’s worn jumpsuits, I can attest that you’d want it t’other way around. Especially in loo situations. I guess it beats the gents’ body paint.

    2. This is just blah and stupid. And what IS Mr. Keep On Truckin’ doing there? Somehow the woman, though less covered, is also less alluring. But no wonder she looks disgruntled, after going through the gropey forest.

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @GSS FancyDresser: I don’t know if you’re a fan of European football, but if you’ve seen a match in the past five years, you’ve seen adverts or hoardings of some kind projected on the turf outside the area of play, on either side of the net. Now, to the people in the stadium, they appear curiously distorted, but to those of us in TelevisionLand, they appear as proper advertisements. It’s a trick of perspective.

    So what I’m suggesting is, the gentleman’s appearance and pose would look properly foreshortened if you turned the cover at an angle and shoved the lower left corner up against your nose.😝

  19. Tat Wood Says:

    @GSS ex-Noob, Dead Stuff: If this is an anamorphic advert, what’s the product? Maybe it’s a memento mori like the skull in Holbein’s ‘The Ambassadors but fashion-hubris instead of death’. ‘You may think you look suave now but so did I at the time this was painted’.

    (And European football may only have had this for five years but cricket was doing it in the 80s. Except it wasn’t projected, they had someone come on and stencil the distorted corporate sponsor logo on the pitch, usually between long leg and third man. It led to odd-coloured grass-stains when fielders slid for catches. Perhaps that explains cover number two.)

  20. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tat: thank you for clarifying, I had thought that might be an earlier evolutionary stage of the medium. But I follow cricket like (as the saying goes) salmon follow caribou, so I wouldn’t have seen any such adverts.

    And good show remembering The Ambassadors! Good show indeed!

  21. Tag Wizard Says:

    @GSS-X-noob – The comments plug-in is above my pay grade. I’ll pass along your concerns to the head honcho.

  22. Anna T. Says:

    #1: Are the two cults the Body Paint-and-Panties wearers and the 1940’s chic wearers? Cause it certainly looks that way.

    #2: In this one, did the body paint cult win?

  23. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @DS: In proper ‘Mericn football and baseball, those ads are only visible to the audience at home, and therefore are always in correct proportion. But I guess it gives the Euros something to look at and think about when they’re waiting for a score. If it ever comes. Soccer, all the excitement of 0-0 ties.

    Sadly, I can’t get the photo into that position here on the computer, so I’ll have to settle for Mr. Anamorphic. Who’s apparently running away from her.

    @Anna T: Apparently so! Or maybe they just partitioned up the landmasses.

  24. Tat Wood Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: American sport consists entirely of commercial breaks punctuated by bored millionaires standing around in fields dressed badly. A 0-0 draw, is infinitely more exciting than a bunch of drag-queens not playing rugby very well for four hours of prime time. Ask yourself why the only thing anyone remembers about the Superbowl is the half-time show and the adverts. That’s like remembering a novel for its typography.

    Baseball (or ’rounders’ as it is properly termed) is what girls do prior to puberty – the idea of grown men playing it is so ridiculous that no other country bothers. It’s like making loomy bands as a career. That’s why the ‘World Series’ is entirely yanks.

  25. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Ooh! Sporting snobbery! 😀 Are there any other fans of Kabaddi in the house?

  26. Tat Wood Says:

    @Dead Stuff: I lived in Brum long enough to get into it.

  27. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I’m a shinty fan m’self. People get properly injured in that and don’t flop around faking it. Plus, there’s goals. And it’s tougher than hurling.

    Soccer (a British term) is a game for children. (Occasionally women.) Every American for the past 50 years has played it in their youth, but not when they grow up, nor do they watch it on TV or in person. Immigrants do, but their kids follow the native-born pattern.

    Baseball is popular in the US, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and Central America/the Caribbean (where it’s beisbol). It’s played worldwide, though. Even in benighted Europe. Canadian teams win the World Series sometimes. Taiwanese teams won the Little League World Series a lot, and Japanese the next most.

    Softball is a game for girls, or adults with their workmates on weekends as another good excuse to drink and eat pizza. Rounders is, in fact, a less-difficult form of softball, so of course grown men wouldn’t want to play it.

    I’ve played soccer, baseball, softball, US football (touch and tackle), and shinty, so I know whereof I speak. Also kickball, which is for kids too young and/or uncoordinated for softball/baseball. Also volleyball (indoor and beach), handball, badminton, hockey, field hockey (game strictly for girls and women up through college, mostly lesbians), but not lacrosse.

    Haven’t played Canadian, Irish, or Australian football, but have watched.

  28. RachelJ Says:

    “Kickball”. You seriously expect anyone to believe this is the actual name of a sport?

  29. GSS ex-noob Says:

    It’s a children’s sport, so of course it has a silly name. When you get old enough to realize what a ridiculous (though perfectly descriptive) name it is, you stop playing. Think I was about 10 last time I assayed it. It has the great advantage of being playable in any open space, be it grass or asphalt.

    It’s no dumber than calling a boring adult sport after the name of a chirping insect, which features something called a “googly”.

  30. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @RachelJ, GSS athlete: My brother was in a kickball-for-adults league for a season a number of years ago. They played it on a baseball diamond with an oversized rubber ball, and someone gave the ball a good swift kick, and someone on the other team would try to catch it or throw it at him, and you ran round the bases and such. I gather it was for adults on that there was beer involved somehow.

  31. Tat Wood Says:

    @GSS tease: There are no boring sports named after insects. Except the mythical one made up for Thursday’s US-only Google Doodle (devised by someone even more clueless who’d never seen a game).
    Imagine how peeved Americans would be if they showed their rugby-surrogate with a spherical ball and played by giraffes.

    I have to admit to being more amused than insulted (sorry if that spoils your fun) by the assumption that America is normal and the entire rest of the world is some freakish aberration.

  32. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tat Wood—well spoken. Perhaps it all depends on the thickness of the bubble. Although in the end (speaking of googly-ness), maybe only Sarnath is normal and the rest of the Universe is an aberration.

  33. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @DSWBT: Kickball would be kinder to alcohol-affected coordination than softball, as well as requiring much less equipment. Probably fewer injuries. Seems an ideal excuse for a bit of fresh air, some running about, and beer (Not that beer ever needs an excuse).

    @Tat: I’m sure there’s some cartoon featuring giraffes playing football. Pretty much every species has been depicted so in US animation. Might be cute; certainly the running game would be more important than passing for giraffes. Giraffes would be excellent at soccer, I’d think.

  34. THX 1138 Says:

    I’d like to introduce you all to a little movie called Bedknobs and Broomsticks (or was that animals playing rugby?).

  35. Tat Wood Says:

    @THX: you may be thinking of this which is as authentically ‘Briddish’ as the accents. They wisely got a few expats who’d been in LA so long they’d forgotten what they used to talk like but, of course, almost all the good guys were played by Yanks. I was living in the East Midlands at the time (not Nottingham, where I expect it would have caused riots) and nobody could understand what was supposed to be happening in this bit – or half of what Roger Miller was saying.

    For a more recent giraffe/football collision

  36. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tat: America is not normal. America is SUPERIOR — if only in the number and variety of sports the citizens play.

    I forgot to mention that when it’s too cold and snowy to go outside, the PE teachers will tire out the young’uns indoors with Ultimate. And then the “joys” of having to go to class smelling of chlorine after swimming. I played tennis in PE but am hopeless at it; was rather better at ping pong in the basement with my brothers. I also spent several years as an ice skater.

    I don’t think “fan dressed as giraffe” quite counts. She wasn’t playing. I know there’s a chap in Britain who runs marathons in a rhinoceros costume to raise money for saving them.

    I saw the aforementioned movies in my youth, but not since. I have been made aware (not willingly!) that the Robin Hood movie got many a young proto-furry started along the path thereof.

  37. Tat Wood Says:

    @GSS Chauvinist: “America is SUPERIOR — if only in the number and variety of sports the citizens play.”

    But all the good ones were sports we invented. As was golf (sorry). Your own innovations haven’t travelled as well. A couple of years from now Ireland an Afghanistan will have the chance to humiliate us at cricket.

    And what’s all this ‘too cold and snowy’ stuff? Are your PE teachers really so lenient? Don’t you just start a curling match instead?

    And if you’re all so sporty, shouldn’t a nation with six times the population of the UK have won at least six times as many Olympic medals?

  38. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Canadians start curling matches — if there’s ice. Maybe Americans along the border. Canadians are a sturdy people. Although last winter was a bit of a shock to their new Syrian refugees, I hear! The first generation Somalian and Hmong refugees in Minnesota were similarly stunned.

    When all the playing fields are covered in a foot of snow (no ice) and it’s -10 Fahrenheit with no humidity, they don’t like to let the kids go out. Or in moderate blizzards, since you can’t see the field or your teammates. Although we still had to go to school, dressed like Kenny from South Park, only more covered. I recall many a day waiting for the school bus… there’s a very particular feeling when your nose hairs freeze up. Indescribable if you haven’t felt it, unforgettable if you have.

    Stuffy old PE teachers don’t consider snowball fights to be a proper exercise, sadly, even though they’re all about hand-eye coordination and strategy. I guess the lack of standardized equipment and facilities put them off.

    Staying indoors may also be true in the 100 F and 100% humidity areas if their gym facilities are air conditioned, but I’m fortunate enough never to have lived there. Because they are also 100% bugs.

    Olympic sports don’t pay much, is why. They cost a lot in the junior years. If you’re a really good athlete, you go into something that has pro leagues or at least will get you a scholarship to a good college.

    (My high school had a golf team. They got exactly as much respect as you’d imagine. No cheerleaders for them. I was almost the costumed mascot for the hockey team, but the costume didn’t fit me. At least it would have been warm as I skated around the arena.)

    Our sports didn’t spread as much since we didn’t spend the 17th-19th centuries assembling an overseas empire. Lacrosse was invented by the Natives.

    Nevertheless, lots more places than you insular Brits know about have taken up baseball, basketball, and even football. China’s basketball-mad and there are rather a lot of them!

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