Jul 02

Ed Grimley, Action HeroClick for larger image

JuanPaul Comments: Party in the front, business in the back! It’s a reverse mullet!

Published 1982

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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22 Responses to “King Chondos’ Ride”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    A visit to the grandparents turns nasty when Grandpa insists on having the last pink fondant fancy.

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    Well, we can at least give the artist credit for resisting the urge to give the cover an actual dark border. They do love their borders, those fantasy cover artists.

  3. Bibliomancer Says:

    What the hell is in the doorway behind them? A one-armed one-tentacled woman in a Snuggie® carrying a sword?

  4. fred Says:

    Old man was in such a hurry he forgot to put on his pants dressing for battle.

  5. Raoul Says:

    That’s an Uber in the doorway. King Chondos’ ride.

  6. JuanPaul Says:

    If this cover made a sound, it would be “fwoosh!”.

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    Last week David Cameron, now Danny Dyer takes on Corbyn.

  8. Anna T. Says:

    The old guy was either cheated when he bought his sword, which looks like a shoddy lightsaber knockoff, or the young guy is about to get a big surprise.

  9. Longtime_lurker Says:

    The cover isn’t really that bad, just dull. Very generic.

  10. JuanPaul Says:

    It’s hard to tell, but does the old guy deserve a sir mixalot tag?

  11. JuanPaul Says:

    I just noticed in the tags that this is a playboy paperback. This cover is so off-brand!

  12. Innocent Bystander Says:

    Is that a samurai over the young guy’s right shoulder? And if it’s not – what is it? Ninja turtle? Transformer? King Chondos’ Ride? And does it merit a Behind You! Tag?

  13. JuanPaul Says:

    @Innocent Bystander, it’s just an innocent bystander!

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bibliomancer, I think she’s holding a flashlight and making shadow puppets on the wall behind her. Looks like a bird of some sort.

  15. Tracy Says:

    Leonardo DiCaprio vs. Shakespeare! Who will win?

  16. Innocent Bystander Says:

    @JuanPaul, it definitely could be. I, however, prefer to be a less conspicuous innocent bystander myself.

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    The hero seems to have a buff bod, Ed Grimley’s hair, and a touch of Jack Black in the face. Indeed, I don’t doubt that Tenacious D could come up with an appropriately epic soundtrack to this cover.

    I can’t believe they skipped the opportunity for TING!

    Young man has a samurai for his second, who’s imitating the ninja by becoming invisible so he can sidle out of range of the whole thing. Old guy has tentacle woman in Snuggie. OTOH, they could be the Ubers as suggested — Uber certainly doesn’t care who drives for them, so samurai and tentacle women could.

    Maybe the borders wouldn’t be so dark if the people didn’t stay in the shade of their crumbling walls all the time. There’s a perfectly good sun up there — or maybe even two.

    Neither of those guys is King Chandos, BTW.

    This author was rather overshadowed in professional life by big sis Marion, though not in personal life. He went around in a kilt whenever it was inappropriate to wear a bathrobe. Sadly, he ignored what crushing pain in the left chest means in a stout middle-aged man.

  18. A.R.Yngve Says:

    There can be only one very short swordsman!”

  19. A. R.Yngve Says:

    This is not how I pictured the assassination of Leon Trotsky…

  20. Bruce A Munro Says:

    TFW you’ve been sent to assassinate an old man who lives alone in a ruin and he turns out to have a magic sword.

  21. Ryan Says:

    @19 – A.R. Yngve: Now you’ve made me laugh inappropriately loudly in the dentist’s waiting room.

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: So are we sure he’s not on a cycling tour with Clodagh Rogers?

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