Jan 22

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Tom Noir Comments: Incredibly some editor thought this art was so groovy that they used it twice. It also turns up as the cover of Starsongs and Unicorns by Eric Norden. The 70’s, amirite??

Published 1979

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: 8.28 out of 10)

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23 Responses to “Alien Atlas”

  1. Francis Boyle Says:

    Second worst Bat-costume redesign (after the Bat-nipples, of course).

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    “Put ’em up! Put ’em up!”

  3. JuanPaul Says:

    @fb seems like cosplay these days is just an excuse to dress like a slut.

  4. Carthoris Says:

    That arrow … what precisely is the “editor’s choice”?

    a) the shapely legs of the warrior

    b) to be on an entirely different planet, the one shown in the background

    c) to go under for the overman

  5. fred Says:

    Does the S.F. mean San Francisco?

  6. drlemaster Says:

    Alien Charles Atlas

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    I’m … too sexy for my … greaves

  8. Tor Mented Says:

    So that squiggly green line is the Editor’s S.F. Choice?
    I would have gone with the fancy-schmancy sword.

  9. MakkaPakka Says:

    Why oh why oh why is the Arrow of Choosing asymmetric?

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @MakkaPakka—I notice his six-pack abs are also asymmetrical. Good thing I’m not trying to get directions from this alien atlas. No telling where I’d end up.

  11. Ray P Says:

    Man’s finest quality isn’t his fashion sense? Funny how many sf covers feature (nearly) naked men (and often nothing else) in the nineteen fifties as well as after. The Heinlein and Clarke effect?

  12. fred Says:

    The title means it could be a man or book Manor Book book.

  13. Tracy Says:

    He’s wearing a loaf of Challah bread on his abdomen!

    And the arrow is clearly pointing at the nifty space go-go boots he is modeling so daintily, endorsed by the editor as the must-have accessory for 2698.

  14. Wilbur Says:

    Clearly the Editor’s Choice is the submarine that has surfaced in the background there, up from the Lagoon of Blood.

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Erm… this art fits better with this title than the other one, I guess, for definitions of “fits the title” as seen here on GSS.

    Haven’t we seen that arrow before? Does it have a tag? Why did the Editor choose the green stripe on the planet? Home of the Alien Atlas Men’s Baths? To point out how implausible the reflection of it is?

    Who or what did Alien (Charles) Atlas get sand kicked in his face by? And was this advertised in the back of alien comic books?

    Are those really his ears, or part of his helmet? How does he see his own hypertrophic muscles with Ting! eyeballs?

    Was the artist absent on the one day UAI teaches symmetry?

    Why is he so smirky?

    @FB (1): And this guy’s missing nipples altogether (I know we have a tag for that, sadly).

    @Ray P: Well, Clarke might have enjoyed this art, though apparently he liked ’em less-muscly IRL.

  16. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Maybe it’s the whole green-on-green planet the editor likes? It’s got that old pulp SF cover vibe.

    I don’t really get that “use courage” thing. Perhaps they’re going to drain it from Earthlings like Dr. Evil stealing Austin Power’s Mojo?

  17. Ray P Says:

    Heinlein was a nudism and free-love advocate who wrote of boys wearing makeup and earings (in his juvies).

    Using courage perhaps refers to Earthers fighting Rigellians because they hate our freedom to dress like this.

  18. Monty Says:

    @GSS-ex-noob The arrow mixes with the Shuriken of Approval.

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “My eyes… the burning lights… I can’t see… the pain…”

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Monty: Of course! Pointy Projectile Weapons Of Approval!

  21. Anti-Sceptic Says:


  22. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Mighty-thewed Atlas strode into the great hall, amid gasps from the king’s court. With a furious motion he lifted the scimitar of Kalidor out of its jeweled scabbard. And his cry made even the king shudder: ‘GET INTO DA CHOPPAH!!’ “

  23. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Shut it down, A.R. Yngve has come in late and scooped us all.

    Also explains why the Editor’s Choice is to be on the other planet.

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