Jul 31

No time to photoshop space sheep, so those are now man boobsClick for larger image

Wendy’s Art Direction: It’s supposed to be about some Asteroid Belt colony. Tear out the first five pages of your sketchbook and paste them on this cover mock-up.

Published 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: 8.12 out of 10)

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25 Responses to “Tales of the Flying Mountains”

  1. Bibliomancer Says:

    Inspired by the Abbey Road cover?
    Or Goodbye Cream?

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Why are they walking from the safe one to the one that’s exploding?

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    This is why we stopped talking Erno Rubik’s calls.

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    This started off with a nice little drawing of a woman’s breasts but now it’s got silly.

  5. Iluvm Says:

    Tales of walking disasters, open doors to two different worlds and the man stuck between them.

  6. Ray P Says:

    @Bib Yoko Ono looms behind? Paul is missing/dead. Book by Poul (fake name).

  7. fred Says:

    I do believe I have spotted the intergalactic warning symbol for a sharknado.

  8. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @fred: nice catch, but the tail’s wrong…troutnado?

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    If you’re reading from this book
    You may think the cover’s worth a look
    But it’s not
    We just drew it like that.
    It doesn’t really matter what scenes we show,
    How much we know
    Of just what’s going on
    ‘Cos it’s only Poul Ander-son

    (Apologies to George Harrison)

  10. Tom Noir Says:

    Whoa whoa whoa. There are definitely bare devil dumplings on this cover. Where is space sheep to protect our eyes from this filth?!?!?

  11. Anna T. Says:

    What do a woman’s chest, a partial brain scan, an explosion in one of two symmetrical drawings and a trio of Beatles impersonators have to do with asteroid colonization?

    Is any of this even in the book?

    I doubt it.

  12. Tag Wizard Says:

    @Tom Noir – alt text

  13. JuanPaul Says:

    The circle originally contained an image Poul Anderson but the publishers figured that wouldn’t sell many books.–brain-waves.jpg

  14. Bibliomancer Says:

    @JuanPaul – The publisher thought a picture of two boobs would sell better than a picture of one.

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Why didn’t they uses Anderson’s boobs? It’s been done before.

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Are those brains down there, or a scan/continuation of the woman atop, showing she’s bicornuate?

    Although I’m not sure but what @TW is correct, they might be man boobs. They could be the now-popular waxed chest, and they certainly have less fatty tissue than the link @DSWBT dragged from the archives to terrify us with.

    As far as 3/4 of the Beatles impersonators and the planets/sharknado symbols, I got nothing. No wonder the blurb had to be so long, you can’t get any idea of the plot from that cover.

    (Showed this to Mr. GSSXN. He was rendered speechless.)

  17. ThoughtsOnFantasy Says:

    I feel like the designer for this one was told the cover needed sex appeal, so they threw in a framed close-up of some boobs (or man boobs?)… box ticked!

    @DSWBT oh wow… I can’t believe that’s a real cover.

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @ToF: you are new here, aren’t you? 😉

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ToF: The few fake covers here on GSS are slightly less-ridiculous. That one you mocked up would be average hereabouts.

  20. ThoughtsOnFantasy Says:

    @DSWBT @GSSXN I obviously haven’t adjusted my expectations quite enough yet 😀 I guess deliberate attempts at ridiculousness can never quite live up to genuine, takes-itself-seriously, unintentional ridiculousness!

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ToF: You will come to learn why we loved your work so much. And the significance of “would I read this on a bus?”

    The covers from about 1967-1973 (like this) are often… special. As in, the artists had special cigarettes and special sugar cubes.

    Stuff today is tacky, but often somewhat less WTF.

    (Mr. GSSXN and I knew Poul slightly. This cover probably mortified him; he was very straight-arrow and conservative when they were still sane.)

  22. RachelJ Says:

    If you gaze too long at the nipples, the nipples gaze back into you… 😳

  23. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @RachelJ: that explains so much about my infancy…

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @RachelJ: I don’t think so. Those nipples are so wonky and wall-eyed only one of them could gaze back at you at a time.

  25. A.R.Yngve Says:

    This is your artist’s brain on drugs. Any questions?

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