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Published 1962

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: 7.63 out of 10)

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38 Responses to “Tom Swift and His Triphibian Atomicar”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    It’ll be Tom Swift in his Thundersley Invacar if he keeps driving like that.

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    The world’s first off-road vehicle.

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    The Edsel wouldn’t have been such a failure is Ford had thought to mention that it was triphibious.

  4. fred Says:

    Triphibian? On the water, below the water,….above the water? But then it would be a Flying Biphibian Atomicar.

  5. Lillie Awesome Says:

    That Cossack is so upset about being pursued by the triphibian atomicar that he’s decided to take it out on the reader, which seems a little unfair.

    When the swifties start showing up, I hope none of them turn my stomach (she said wretchedly).

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “It’s time to bury those Cossacks dad,” Tom said gravely.

  7. Tor Mented Says:

    “You are supposed to ride one of these,” the Cossack said hoarsely.

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    I never thought they’d do a dumbed-down version of Gerry Anderson’s ‘Supercar’.

  9. Tor Mented Says:

    “Let’s hit them with rolling coal,” Tom said exhaustedly.

  10. Raoul Says:

    “The Atomicar needs no gearshift,” said Tom automatically.

  11. Yoss Says:

    “That last spear was too close for comfort,” said Tom incontinently.

  12. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    “I need to visit a dry cleaner!” said Tom faecesliously.

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Gosh that’s a big rear view mirror dad,” said Tom reflectively.

  14. Francis Boyle Says:

    Cossacks? In the desert? That sure ain’t the steppes. Maybe they’re Klingon extras from an early episode of Star Trek. I bet Kirk’s Rocks are just out of shot

  15. Tor Mented Says:

    “Try fib, Ian,” Tom said with entitlement.

  16. Yoss Says:

    “We’ll be perfectly safe with a little more altitude,” Tom said airily.

  17. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tor M—Not an adverb, but still a decent essay, sir! 😉

  18. JuanPaul Says:

    “You’re tie rod bushings look a little worn!”, the Cossack shouted swiftly.

  19. Yoss Says:

    “Those bastards! They’ve breached the atomic containment unit,” Tom said malignantly.

  20. Tat Wood Says:

    Got it! The Cossack in green is aiming to hit the button on a Pelican crossing just in front of him and stop the car in mid-air. Then they can wash his windows and charge a fiver.

  21. MisterBob Says:

    Those cossacks Camembert it ! said Tom with a cheesy grin …

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    These Kids Today, joyriding in their convertibles with fins, hassling random Cossacks who were exported at great expense to the US southwest. Scaring the poor horses with their radioactive aerial tricks.

    Yikes. Just zoomed in. With those haircuts, outfits, and super-science running down the Slavs, Tom and his buddy are looking more than a bit… jugend. (And thanks to Tor, I’ve decided that the sidekick is named Ian)

  23. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Dammit, Wiki tells me his buddy’s name is Bud. Way to be unimaginative, Stratemeyers.

    It also tells me that most of the books were actually written by one James Duncan Lawrence, and that the interiors were every bit as high quality and accurate as this cover.

  24. Hammy Says:

    It’s nice that the Brungarians (I’m assuming that the Cossack-type guys are Brungarians, the stereotypical Eastern European bad guys of the Tom Swift Jr. series) take such good care of their horses. Just look how lush and flowing the horses’ tails are!

  25. Hammy Says:

    GSSX-n (@21):

    Is it just me, or does Tom Jr. kinda look like Exter, the Metalunan from “This Island Earth”?

  26. Tat Wood Says:

    ‘Everyone’s stopped making jokes about the prose style of these books. We’re old news,’ he said, redundantly.

  27. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Hammy: Not tan enough. Although if he stays in the unshielded atomicar long enough, his hair might get whiter and skin darker — or even if he’s just out in the Brungarian desert sun without his triphibian sun cream.

  28. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Ohhh this looks like fun. I’ll give it a shot!

    “I think we need a quadphibian atomicar,” said Tom resignedly.

  29. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Anti-Sceptic—Good idea, but the form’s a little off, try this—

    “I think we need a quadphibian atomicar,” said Tom forthrightly. (“forth” “fourth” see?)

    yours pedantically,

  30. Yoss Says:

    “I don’t know, Tom. I think it’s pretty keen the way it is!” said Bud triumphantly.

  31. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Yes, I see what you mean @B.C. Very astute. (“as” “ass”?) Did I do right? 😀

  32. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Anti-Sceptic—”By jove I think he’s got it!,” said Tom grippingly 😉

  33. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Not enough of either sleep or caffeine has rendered me not too Swift today, but I will say that a smudge on my glasses made this title look like “… His Republican Atomicar”, which… kinda fits with the whole ‘Murican youth in a big car exterminating “ethnics”.

    “Woo-hoo! Let’s take out those foreigners,” Tom said forthRightly.

  34. Hammy Says:

    “I’ll just take these crooks downstairs” said Tom condescendingly….

  35. A.R.Yngve Says:

    [Between clenched teeth]
    Must… not… make… cheap… shot… Hitlerjugend… joke…

  36. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: Go ahead, I did when it was posted.

  37. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The German translation was released in 1964 with the title

  38. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Lillie Awesome (way back at #5, 5+ years ago): Even odder, he seems to be taking it out on the person on the immediate left of the reader. So you don’t want to take this on the bus.

    I think @Tat at #20 had the right of it.

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