May 29

It's a squizzard!Click for larger image

Lillie Awesome Comments: I’m not sticking around for the second sword stroke.
Published 1977

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: 8.91 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “The Sword of the Dawn”

  1. A.R.Yngve Says:

    You don’t want to prance around with your jewels dangling freely around those creatures. Just sayin’.

    (But who am I kidding? Fantasy covers routinely show characters on a Quest For Common Sense…)

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    Action restaurants! The wave of the future!

  3. fred Says:

    Own this. Elric gets dragons and a big black sword while Dorian Hawkmoon gets to look silly. Such is the fate of a B-list Champion Eternal.

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    I feel like most of the monsters on these covers are perfectly docile, minding thier own business until a naked idiot with a sword wanders by.

  5. Lillie Awesome Says:

    @JuanPaul – agreed. The iguactopus (that’s what I call squizzards; it’s a regional dialect) at scene front does have the look of something that’s been completely immobile for the past three or four hours, and just had its tail or tentacles or some such stepped on.

    Also, my utter lack of surprise that this is the sixth recipient of the ‘squids and nudes’ tag.

  6. THX 1138 Says:

    Just noticed there’s another squizzard in the background going, “Dave – nooooo!!!”

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    Is Tag Wizard punking us with the Space Sheep?
    Dude looks like a lady, but not from the neck down.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Not only does he seem to have an impressive runestaff, but he’s got a whale of a boil in the middle of his forehead. Thing looks like it’s about to pop, too. Yuck!

  9. MakkaPakka Says:

    I would have preferred Sean Connery.

  10. Francis Boyle Says:

    I take it wearing scabbards is forbidden by the local naturist association. Because if I were him I’d definitely want a scabbard.

  11. MakkaPakka Says:

    Octolizard: You ****, that wasn’t in my contract!

  12. Ray P Says:

    How appropriate for a Moorcock pulp-romance to feature a man with tits on the cover. Fortunately we don’t see his Runestaff.

  13. Ray P Says:

    I can imagine Bob Calvert of Hawkwind droning: “In the event of squizzard attack.”

  14. Mellie M. Says:

    Real men go naked to a mollusc fight.

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Space Sheep isn’t needed here, but probably needs the work. Hello, ovine pal.

    Can we get a BEHIND YOU! for the approaching second squizzard on our right? It might sneak up and grab our hero while he’s slashing away at the first one.

    If the saga is about a runestaff, why’s this one got a sword mentioned so prominently? Is the runestaff what we’re all trying not to think of, and if so, how did it get runes on it? Yikes.

  16. Tracy Says:

    This looks like Rowena Morrel’s work but I can’t see her sig.

    I just noticed the squizzard has its tail emerged in a pool of blood… yuck! Plus, what is that wierd pickle-like tentacled thing at the far left? It looks like it’s part of the creature, but doesn’t match the size or shape of the other tentacles. I think pickle tentacle is a creature in its own right, nudeguy’s faithful sidekick.

  17. Tor Mented Says:

    ♫ Octo, octo, octo, octo, octo chameleon
    You come and die, you come and die-ie-ie-ie. ♫

  18. Yoss Says:

    It may seem cruel, but squizzards are actually happier, more docile pets after having their tentacles removed.

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    There’s a thing coming out of the bottom lake o’blood that doesn’t match any of the squizzard’s tentacles. @Tracy says it’s squizzard’s tail, which it could be — but could it also be some other kind of tentacly beast?

    @Tor: GSS.

  20. Francis Boyle Says:

    The squizzard’s tale. Or, or assuming this is a world were body parts are unnaturally long, maybe our hero’s. . .

  21. Jedit Says:

    Interestingly, this picture isn’t wholly gratuitous – in the scene depicted, Hawkmoon actually is naked.

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