Jul 20

Sorry to offend but didn't have tiny-enough space sheepClick for larger image

Good Show Sir Comments: I think Emsh took “Castaways in space …” a bit too literally.

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: 7.13 out of 10)

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32 Responses to “Transit”

  1. Raoul Says:

    ♫♪♫ It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that Ting!
    (doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah) ♫♪♫

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ♫♪♫ How can we stab while the world keeps burning?

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    A surprising amount of boobage for 1964. Couldn’t Emsh do modesty hair.

  4. Tom Noir Says:

    They’re in space… there are cities in floating bubbles… and yet the fashion is loincloths and spears??

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    It was 1964, when pseudo surf culture was sweeping the nation.Though I don’t remember Annette Funicello going topless

    and no, i’m not dating myself, that movie was old by the time I was born 😛

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The moment of truth when it becomes clear someone’s trying to rig the game of space strip poker.

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    There is clearly a light source, maybe several, yet these castaways cast absolutely no shadows. Hmmmm . . . .

  8. THX 1138 Says:

    Adventures of a Plumber’s Mate… in Space! What happens when the husband returns unexpectedly! In space! With his “secretary”! In space!

    In, er, space…! Space is what I’m saying.

  9. Iluvm Says:

    burning desires in space -Stab, survive, dance and show light😜

  10. fred Says:

    Lifeforce ’64. A William Castle/Russ Meyer production.

  11. Yoss Says:

    “Hey Dave, you know when we’re out stabbing people in space, do you…. do you ever fear the fruits of victory?”

    “Oh, I’m so relieved to hear you say that! I thought I was the only one.”

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Yoss—well you know it’s so hard to get really good fruit these days, what with all the GMOs and all.

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    “Doctor, I feel a stabbing pain and a burning pain between my balls…”

    “Ah, that explains why you weren’t wearing any trousers in the waiting room.”

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Ah ha! I thought I had seen that burning sphere before!

  15. JuanPaul Says:

    I suppose anyone wearing a shirt and trousers would seem superhuman to these people.

  16. Anna T. Says:

    Can they breathe in space, or something? Because that’s what this cover implies.

    Which would also explain the lack of spacesuits, come to think of it.

  17. Bibliomancer Says:

    Sick Transit Cooper Edmundi

  18. Tag Wizard Says:

    @Raoul – I added Tiny Ting!

    “God bless us every one!”

  19. RachelJ Says:

    @B. Chiclitz #7. They’re standing on space-fire. There’s nothing for them to cast shadows on.

  20. THX 1138 Says:

    @TW: It’s like witnessing the birth of a new star…

  21. RachelJ Says:

    I do so want to believe this accurately depicts a scene from the book.

  22. Iluvm Says:

    Is this a giant jelly bean??

  23. GSS ex-noob Says:

    How is the space-fire holding them up? How are they breathing?

    And isn’t this “non-papillial person” to the max?

  24. infoqueen Says:

    So, loincloth Ken is going to spear G.I. Joe (with Kung-Fu grip) to keep him from ravaging/stabbing Medusa Barbie, while Malibu Barbie does an interpretive dance in the background, when she really should stop, drop, and roll–seeing as her hair seems to be on fire. It’s good when cover artists use models–even tiny plastic ones.

  25. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @RachelJ—I see. But then shouldn’t the fire be casting shadows on them?

  26. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Medusa Barbie: Malibu Barbie, you bimbo! I told you to spray extra layers of Mattel Special Barbie Flame Retardant® on your hair!

  27. Tat Wood Says:

    Early 60s British novel so potential sequels include ‘Luton’, ‘Bedford’, ‘Commer’ and ‘Thames’.

  28. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Oh goodness, this is going to hurt. His auto-targeting has keyed on to the top of the cover and he’ll miss by a mile.

  29. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @BC: there’s some kind of shadows being cast, as the moon is in a partial eclipse. But what’s casting them from where?

  30. THX 1138 Says:

    Are we sure this is fire and not the fluorescent hair of a furry gonk?

  31. GSS ex-noob Says:

    It does look a lot like Troll doll hair, fastened to and streaming out behind EMSH ball down left. It might be a whole lot of fluorescent acrylic doll hair.

    This doesn’t clear up why they’re loinclothed and fighting with spears.

    Along with “non-papillial”, I’m thinking “weird pecs”. Loincloth Ken just ain’t right, chestally.

  32. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Editor: “I had this weird dream last night. Flames in space, naked people… I want you to paint that and we’ll slap it onto the cover of our next release.”
    Artist: “But why?”
    Editor: “Publishing business… you wouldn’t understand!”

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