Dec 03

Quoth the raven: 'Never Moor ... cock!'Click for larger image

Verylatetotheparty Comments: I bought several “Mayflower Moorcocks” at my Oxfam shop a few years back and some of the covers have already been on GSS, but I don’t think you have this one yet and I really think it belongs here. The colours sort of look faded but I think it was that bad originally. Apart from that I will let it speak for itself.

Published 1973

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: 7.91 out of 10)

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27 Responses to “The Jewel in the Skull”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Somewhere Lou Scheimer thought “Yes, yes, that’ll do nicely”.

  2. Bibliomancer Says:


  3. Raoul Says:

    The kick is up … and … oh no … the orb has hit the crossbar!
    Looks like this book is headed into extra chapters.

  4. fred Says:

    This is bonkers but minimalist. I prefer the DAW series where you get a sword, a creature, and various clothing options in each.

  5. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Close to needing a “Popeye Arms” if not a “Bighanditis” tag.

  6. Lillie Awesome Says:

    The spatial implications of the cape existing behind Skele-Stretch Armstrong, but in front of his legs, but also around Future C. Montgomery Burns are more than any gal should have to deal with this early in the morning.

  7. Francis Boyle Says:

    @THX 1139

    I’ll see your Lou Scheimer and raise you Andres Serrano. Or maybe it was a collaborative effort.

  8. Ray P Says:

    A one rung ladder won’t get the Mekon out of the hole he’s in, Hindi Death!

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Now I’m trying to figure out how the skull managed to retain that dashingly cleft chin. Never seen that on a skull before, not even Jeremy Bentham’s.

  10. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    6. Lillie Awesome

    I sympathise, it doesn’t look any better at, with it’s hollow eyes saying “I should be on GSS. Submit me to GSS right now. Submit me now, submit now, SUBMIT NOW”.

    Personally I partly solve the spatial problems by thinking of Skele-Stretch Armstrong as growing out of the top of Mr. Burns head, with an M. C. Escher/Yellow submarine reality exception clause for the hole in space in front of the cape. I find it helps… a little.

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    @Ray P.: Does that make this a posthumous sequel to ‘The Jewel in the Crown’?

    (:B Chiclitz: is this a side-effect of being picked and put in a case?)

  12. fred Says:

    Those little fingers are…….dislocated?

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tat W—Did you mean to write: “is this a side-effect of being pickled and put in a case?” If so, I immediately say “yes!”

  14. Leak Says:

    Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch – The Early Years…

  15. Tor Mented Says:

    @Raoul: GSS.

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I also think it’s funny that Mr. Moorcock writes about the history of the ruined staff.

    (B’Mancer, do I get a rim shot, as it were?)

  17. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “Laugh if you will, but having half a Skeletor growing out of my skull kept me from being drafted.”

  18. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    It seems the goalposts tag was created for this entry, I’m honoured. Having read the book I have no idea what those things are, H for Hawkmoon? three runestaffs?? Perhaps Skullface is a Member of the Mayflower Michael Moorcock Morris Men.

  19. MakkaPakka Says:

    Looks like amoeba on the right or did someone choke on their coffee when they saw this?

  20. JuanPaul Says:

    “Don’t mind me, I’m just here to wash the windows!’

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I commend “Very Late…” for indeed living up to the adage of “…than never”. This is a quite worthy submission, top-shelf GSS material! GSS VLTTP!

    @fred: Good link, both for covers and the reviews. I agree with that writer that fantasy books are too !@#$% long these days. LotR would be all in one volume, maybe with Hobbit. I read the Sanderson work s/he mentions for the Hugos, and barely slogged through the first one (took me 2-3 times as long as it would have for a selection of ordinary books totaling the same pages). And then I looked at the second one and some of the associated stuff and said F. NO. Life is too short, and Author/Reader Existence Failure looms too close.

    @Lillie: You’re right about the implications; I’m just impressed you were able to so correctly name the personages.

    @Raoul: GSS. D’you think the raven is the referee or the skycam?

    @BC: GSS for you all around today.

  22. THX 1139 Says:

    @Francis B: Pee-Man and the Masters of the Universe?

  23. Anna T. Says:

    So he has to hang on to an American football goalpost because he has another skull instead of legs. On this site, he might as well join his other fellows with odd anatomy.

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @AnnaT: to be fair, it might be a Canadian football goalpost.

  25. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    21. ex-noob: Thank you – noo noob

    20. JuanPaul: Didn’t think of that one. Someone’s had to get a second job window cleaning now people don’t leave them so many coins on eyes:


  26. Tat Wood Says:

    @Anna T, GSSxN: It’s a rugby goal, probably from Gordonstoun – hence the sceptre. The raven’s on loan from the Tower.

    If you’ve seen how French supporters dress, the rest of it’s less surprising.

  27. Wilbur Says:

    This is an excellent likeness of the demon Aimurpee, who arises late at night from the dank depths of the toilet to provide drunken men a target to offload their excess consumption upon. Extra points for completely clearing the crossbar. Note the surly expression, given his unfortunate positioning relative to any positive outcome associated with his job.

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