Jan 15

No. I am the Lizard King!

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Tom Luczycki’s Art Direction: I need a guy astride a giant walking fish-thing accompanied by a metallic angel with nippless bazooms. Could you have the guy holding an impossibly small and ineffective bow? Forget about the arrows. The bow is more a symbol for the subtext of the underlying metaphor. And moths. The moths should round things out nicely.

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: 8.58 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “The Saga of Cuckoo”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    These Tarzan knock-offs just get worse. “Butterflies – UNGAWA!”

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    What do you mean phallic symbolism?

    Well at least, he has nipples, so there’s that. Except no, that just makes it more screwed up.

  3. JuanPaul Says:

    The mighty compensaurus has concerns about his new rider’s personal hygiene.

  4. fred Says:

    Wrap around cover. I like intelligent aliens that actually look alien.

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    That’s not how you spell ‘Cthulhu’.

  6. Raoul Says:

    Cuckoo doodle do.

  7. Tor Mented Says:

    It is speciesism to assume that the anorexic man is riding the space iguana when, in fact, the space iguana might have a pet anorexic on its shoulder.

  8. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @fred: and people were talking about phallic symbolism on the _front_ cover.

  9. GSS ex-noob Says:

    At first glance I knew this was an SFBC cover. They had a particular… style? that was unmistakable.

    I wanna see this re-enacted sometime, a bit less nudely. Wonder if we could talk Lee into it. But who’d be the fish-thing

    Non-papillial statue?

    @fred (4): Even more scary! The black shapes over on the left look… well… what Bruce (8) said.wink nudge ew gross

    @Tor (7): The critter is much larger and looks more intelligent. You have a point.

  10. Tracy Says:

    The guy is from a low-gravity planet, obviously!

  11. THX 1138 Says:

    And we all know how easy it is to stay on a giant fish without slipping off.

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @THX: The fish-thing is obviously quite slippery, and the dude is naked, hairless, and apparently oiled-up. He ought to slide off. Magnets, maybe?

  13. THX 1138 Says:

    @GSS x-n: I prefer sheer force of will!

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @THX: Immense thigh power and/or telekinesis!

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    There’s a reason why the process of evolution has never favored glowing eyes.

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    You know, maybe nudity as a selling point is overrated. Like, by a factor of 10.

  17. Anna T. Says:

    The man’s body looks stretched out and weirdly deformed, in an overly-skinny fashion.

  18. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Everything is so…shiny.

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