Aug 14

Always hold back half the artist's fee until the cover is completeClick for larger image

Tat Wood Comments: Always put the lid on your marker pens when not using them. Otherwise, you just dry them out and inhale fumes.

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: 5.89 out of 10)

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10 Responses to “The Overlords of War”

  1. fred Says:

    The fog of war.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    Didn’t quite make the deadline, huh?

  3. Bibliomancer Says:

    Amazing attention to detail to that alien tree branch.

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    Enough with the “unfinished” business. This is obviously a Star Wars tie-in set on Hoth. Yes, John Brunner was that prescient.

  5. THX 1139 Says:

    The Overlords of Tipp-Ex.

  6. Ray P Says:


  7. Yoss Says:

    I’m not crazy about the balance of the composition, but I do kind of like the style of this one despite the stark, incompleteness of it. At any rate, I did enjoy looking up some of Thole’s other artwork. (And not just the ones in need of a Space Sheeping.)

  8. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Don’t spend all your limited time detailing the background if you’re going to hit the deadline and/or run out of paint.

    I wonder if the Overlords of War even appear on this cover, or if they were supposed to be warring and overlording in that blank space down right. Along with the rest of the damsel’s dress.

    I’d make an “anatomical problems” reference to the dude’s extra-long leg, but I’m not sure how much of that’s him and how much is tree branch.

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    It’s rare that the translator gets front-page billing like that.

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: Brings in the punters. Nobody in the US would have heard of Klein/Gilles, so it needed a big English-language name.

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