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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: 8.60 out of 10)
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22 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.
    http://www.isfdb.org/wiki/images/2/2e/THSGFCCKNP0000.jpg

  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.

  19. Ryan Says:

    So I picked this one up down in Tucson, and it is FAR MORE gonzo in real life than the photos show, even the front-and-back full cover that Fred found.

    Tremendously talented artist, unbelievably bizarre imagination. There must have been drugs involved in the concept and design phase. Hard drugs.

  20. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @fred: if you read it all those critters do exist in the text (if the ones on the back cover weren’t described as quite so, er, suggestive in shape). So it’s an artist/writer collaboration, really.

    More Jack Williamson:

    https://www.abebooks.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Green-Girl-Jack-Williamson.jpg

    https://www.betweenthecovers.com/pictures/388521.JPG?v=1566230502

  21. JJYoyo Says:

    The gold dude riding the iguana reminds me of a serious and famous painting: Bathing the Red Horse” (1912) by Petrov-Vodkin
    https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bathing_of_a_Red_Horse_(Petrov-Vodkin).jpg
    The revised allegorical content makes the mind reel: is the iguana now a symbol of a torpid revolution? Is the angelic statue and turbulence of the background supposed to make us think this is a mash-up with Bakst’s “Terror Antiquus”?

    https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Terror_Antiquus_by_L.Bakst_(1908).jpg

    Are the weird flying things in the lower right made out of defaulted Tsarist bonds?
    So many questions….

  22. Emster Says:

    I doff my toque to you, Tom. Nice find! It’s pretty… awful.

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