Oct 30

'Looks like I picked the wrong day to give up smoking!'Click for larger image

Baba Louie Comments: Italian sign language: “Whya me Lord?”

Published 1963

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: 8.11 out of 10)

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14 Responses to “The Day the World Died”

  1. Bibliomancer Says:

    “Why did I have to go and pay off all my credit cards yesterday? If I’d have only known!”

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    “Don’t leave me hanging!”

  3. fred Says:

    The thumb is a strange thing, but is it a strange Thing.

  4. Alice Says:

    Looks like he’s ready to bust out some Italian opera. “O Sole Mio” perhaps.

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    “They took my thumb, Charlie!”

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    @JuanPaul: dagnabbit, you beat me to a ‘TV’s Eric Roberts Will Take Any Work’ gag.

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “They took my thumb, Charlie, and glued on this weird faucet handle in its place!”

    Just thought you might want the full line Eric Roberts delivers. 😉

  8. Anna T. Says:

    Looking at this cover, all I’m seeing is “cheesy B-movie” or “overacted opera” – ooh, alliteration!

    Anyhow, that guy probably does not know the meaning of subtlety in artistic performance. Or this is his normal mode of behaviour.

  9. MakkaPakka Says:

    I knew I shouldn’t have had beans for breakfast.

  10. StevenLP Says:

    Given the close proximity of Saturn either (i) the dead world isn’t Earth, or (ii) it is Earth, and Saturn’s about to crash into it (rings’n’all).

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I’m with @StevenLP: one atom bomb isn’t going to kill Earth or lead to strange Things, but having Saturn that close to us means Eric’s about to fall apart along with the planet thanks to the excessive gravity.

    @Tat: Mr. xn laughed at your comment.

    @AnnaT: see JuanPaul and Tat’s comments for explanation of overacting.

    @fred: If the hand starts running around by itself, it’s a Thing for sure. (that was your joke, yes?)

    I’m worried about Eric’s weird thumb and possible goiter, but since he’ll be disintegrated soon, big deal.

    What I’m really curious about is the ridiculous Capitalization in the Blurb. What gives, cover layout guy? Some sort of code? You’re trapped in a hack fiction publisher and you want out of the stupid font business?

    Ooh, this is a house name. This was actually written by our old pal Rev. Fanthorpe, which means the prose matches the cover! Hack work indeed!

  12. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The pathos of that grieving face is somewhat diminished by
    A) The wacky title fonts
    B) The “Vega Book 50 cents” splash
    C) The silly Saturn in the sky
    D) The rather feeble A-bomb explosion
    E) The badly spelled blurb

  13. Hammy Says:

    Eric Roberts? I would have sworn that was Mick Jagger overacting there….

  14. Calyx Says:

    “I chuck a dumpling over my shoulder, and you’ll never guess what…”

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