Aug 30

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Good Show Sir Comments: The Tin Woodsman … in space!

Published 1983

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: 7.42 out of 10)

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27 Responses to “Conflict”

  1. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I’ve tried to draw “sci-fi armor”, and the crotch/butt area IS a conundrum. There is just not that much space for metal plates, chain mail, wires, joints and stuff.

    At least this artist put some thought into the issue of “How exactly should butt armor be structured for maximum mobility and comfort?”

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    “At last! The talcum powder I’ve been searching for!”

  3. JuanPaul Says:

    He’s got an Achilles crack.

  4. fred Says:

    Looks like a small argument between Conf and Lict kinda got out of hand.

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The Rifts/Spelunker crossover you never expected!

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    Aerosol underarm deodorant dispensers of the future.

  7. Tom Noir Says:

    No one has to know that you’re wearing a thong underneath your space armor.

  8. Tom Noir Says:

    Also, a story about conflict, wow, what a novel idea.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I don’t think that punching yourself in the face will resolve a conflict, unless maybe it’s a conflict with yourself.

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    There are easier ways to tell if clipping is on or not.

  11. Tom Noir Says:

    “We can’t stop here. This is bat country!”

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Must.bend.right.leg. Must.bend.right.leg. Must.bend.right.leg.

  13. Anna T. Says:

    After the first performance, the costume designers for the First Martian Opera were fired for making the suits of armour look absolutely ridiculous.

  14. MisterBob Says:

    I’m pretty sure the Conflict is Tony Stark Technology related …
    he wanted Radar installed but got Gaydar instead !

  15. Tat Wood Says:

    Jelly-mould epaulettes: sometimes brioche-tins won’t quite do.

  16. Mellie M. Says:

    Can someone explain the cloud man surfing on a spaceship to me? Why is he there? Why does he have that little tail?

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Team Heinz Baked Beans goes to extraordinary lengths to catch ’em all.

  18. JuanPaul Says:

    Avert thine eyes from that ambiguously erotic cloud of smoke!

  19. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @JuanPaul—ambiguous is right. First I thought the hanging part up top looked like Flandry’s nut sack, then the whole top part morphed into an image resembling Cecil the Seasick Sea Serpent of Beany and Cecil fame.

  20. Tag Wizard Says:

    Hi Mellie M. and welcome to the site!

    Unfortunately answering your question might actually involve reading the book. And life is too short …

    Maybe one of our other regulars has a clue?

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I couldn’t make out the spaceship(?) at first and thought he was shaking his fist at a lot of vapor. Middle-aged man yells at clouds.

    I wonder if his butt is really that inadequate or if the snail-epauletted space armor has flattened it.

    @Mellie M: Amazon tells me this is a collection of 10 short stories written between 1957 and 1973; the artwork may not have anything to do with any of them.

    The fact that Poul won a lot of awards, sold a lot of books, and was beloved shows he had real talent to overcome these terrible covers.

  22. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The fist to the head was obviously stolen from this DEVO parody, “Dare To Be Stupid”:

  23. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @A.R.Y.—love that Weird Al! Good tune.

  24. Anna T. Says:

    @Mellie M.: Surfing Cloud Man is one of the other performers in this space-set version of “William Tell”, since you were wondering.

  25. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY, @BC and all: if you ever get a chance to see Weird Al in concert, GO. He’s utterly delightful and hard-working. I’ve seen him twice. The first time, I went to the county fair and put up with miserably hot weather, terrible food, and livestock just so I could (in the evening) see him.

    I might give this cover an “anatomical issues”. Aren’t his legs ridiculously long, and different lengths at that?

  26. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    “I’ve been working out…check out my pipes.”

  27. Muttley Says:

    Where’s me lance gone? I was going to thrust ™ me lance, and now it’s gone, and I look stupid waving me arms about like this.
    Bleeding from the left ankle? Someone once read about the Fisher King and almost remembered it…

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