Mar 08

Look at these dead gazelles. I surmise this is the work of the Ripper!Click for larger image

Alice Comments: Where’s Cheetah? The Doctor Watson of the Jungle.

Published 1976

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: 8.08 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “The Adventure of the Peerless Peer”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Everyone has their favourite Holmes and Watson actors, but for me the best had to be Leonard Cohen and Nigel Bruce.

  2. fred Says:

    An aside. Has anyone ever done Holmes in the Cthulu Mythos?
    Back to the cover. Watson is growing comic relief foreshadowingly suspicious of Tarzans too perfect hair.

  3. Bibliomancer Says:

    I guess the cover artist was paid in installments and the last check bounced before he could complete this.

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    Tarzan’s right side is more developed than his left. I wonder what Sherlock will deduce from that observation.

  5. Anna T. Says:

    It appears that Tarzan’s chest muscles are melting. Not so “peerless” after all, are you?

    Dr. Watson, meanwhile, looks rightfully appalled at the existence of this shoddy crossover/ripoff.

  6. Raoul Says:

    Bunghole in the Jungle

  7. GSS ex-noob Says:

    TAR-SHAM, not Faux-nan! If ever that tag was suitable, it’s for this.

    Those pecs are a mite weird. His whole torso is off.

    I love Watson’s expression. He’s thinking what we all are, that this is terrible. I picture him sauntering off to his left (our right) while Tarzan and Holmes aren’t looking. Escape while you can, Watson!

    I should like to ask for the WTF tag. Even if Watson would never say that, his expression clearly does.

    @THX: Heh. That is a dead-on Nigel Bruce, but definitely not Basil.

    @fred: I’m sure it’s been done repeatedly, but Neil Gaiman (natch) won a Hugo for “A Study in Emerald”, in the anthology “Shadows Over Baker Street” (with lots of other people and other good stories). It’s online:

    See also and footnotes.

  8. FluffyGhostKitten Says:

    I once ran across something similar to this, albeit with a tasteful cover and Teddy Roosevelt instead of Tarzan. Is there really THAT much of a market for these crossovers?

  9. Tag Wizard Says:

    @GSSxN – Right you are on the Sham/Faux tags. Fixed.

  10. Ravensbane Says:

    Looks like the inspiration for the cover’s Holmes is Robert Stephens in director Billy Wilder’s “The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes”.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I just love that little giraffe head peeking in at the cover’s edge going “WTF, I recognize Nigel but who are those other clowns?”

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Looks like Sherlock has upgraded his deerstalker hat with the addition of a bevy of spears; much more deadly now.

  13. Tor Mented Says:

    I say, Watson, he is bare-chested.”
    “No shirt, Sherlock.”

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tor M—you must desist with the brilliant puns. This much groaning is bad for the digestion 😉

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tor: bravo!

    At right, “Here’s the famous WWI flying ace in his trusty Sopworth Camel, wondering WTF he’s stumbled into and how fast he can get out of here. Did someone slip something into his root beer?”

  16. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Tarzan to Sherlock: I told you this is a No Smoking Jungle!

  17. Tracy Says:

    Watson: “I examined your scalp thoroughly with my magnifying glass, Tarzan, and have found no eggs. I’m pleased to say you’re completely lice-free!”

  18. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I can’t fault the artist, or the editor – the cover is technically slick and sound.

    Though I wonder about the content – is this “lighthearted” Philip Jose Farmer or “dark” X-rated Farmer?

  19. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    “I say, Holmes! This is surprisingly deep snow in Africa. That chap’s going to catch a chill in his loincloth.”

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I can’t get the pec-ab-nipple area to make sense; the latter are rather uneven.

    @Vlltp: heh. A kinder and cleverer interpretation than deciding the artist didn’t finish it and the art dept. didn’t come up with anything else to put in the space.

  21. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    @GSSxn: My comment’s actually a bit grammatically ambiguous, but it still works when misread – the ‘snow’ is exactly the right height to give Tarzan a chill in his loincloth.

    Now excuse me while I go shoot an elephant in my pyjamas…

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