Jan 23

The VERY WELL Hidden City of the AmazonClick for larger image

Good Show Sir Art Direction: “I don’t see anything I like in your portfolio. Let’s take a look in your school notebooks.”

Published 1970

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: 7.55 out of 10)

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26 Responses to “The Hidden City of the Amazon”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    “Atomic batteries to power! Turbines to speed! Glug!”

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    So this is where missing remote controls go – not down the side of the sofa, the Amazon.

  3. fred Says:

    Calling it. The city is hidden by fronds.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    Published by “Moody Teen Books”? This tale is guaranteed to brighten their day.

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    With the size of the vehicle, why did they cram everyone into a tiny cockpit?

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bibliomancer—Somehow the combination of “Moody Teen” and a Prussian Iron Cross doesn’t inspire feelings of calm reflection and a brightening day.

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    For some reason as I look at this cover I keep thinking it’s a Twilight Zone episode and any second a giant alien hand is going to reach down, pick up that thing, and start using it as an electric razor.

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B.C. – I’ve seen that one! I think it’s called “To Shave Man”.

  9. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Tom Swift and his Amazing Amphibo-Car?

    @Bibliomancer: a hairy tale no doubt.

    @JuanPaul: there also appears to be a lack of doors. Getting in and out must be a bit of a pain.

  10. Ray P Says:

    The ant-hill mob have stolen the Batmobile and driven into a river.

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    Ten comments in and nobody’s managed to make a Jeff Bezos/ tax-evasion gag that matches the picture.

    Hardly surprising: that’s not a river, or a waterfall, it’s a lake that runs right up to the edge of a cliff but somehow never overspills. Is it actually water or some blue jelly?

  12. Tor Mented Says:

    Now a major motion picture.

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tor M—The French version of that film is titled Zee Lost City of Zed.

  14. THX 1139 Says:

    The city isn’t hidden, it’s been left with your neighbour.

  15. fred Says:

    If that is an air breathing engine underneath those ventilation louvers I think they’ll have a good case against the manufacturer when they sink. A stern wheeler?
    @ 12, 13. Not ‘The Lost City of Z’, but the classic 1984 computer game ‘7 Cities of Gold’.

  16. Tat Wood Says:

    @Fred: you know where that train of thought leads – Earworm City

    @THX: thx.

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @BC: Moody Hitler Youth sound like not a good time indeed. But didn’t they take their natty uniforms and super-science to build hidden cities in South America?

    You may be onto something!

  18. Francis Boyle Says:


    Probably because they’d seen this and weren’t very imaginative. (Note: the probably only qualifies the first half of the sentence — putting the tail-lights at the front is not imaginative.)

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @FB: Well spotted. (Erm, finding the reference; I’ve no idea about your complexion)

    I had been thinking the size was possibly due to anti-radiation shielding, which makes Bruce also correct with his T. Swift reference.

    Good Show, Everyone.

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Who’s best man at the wedding?”
    “Stan who?”
    “I know, you said he was, but which Stan is it?”
    “The Best one.”
    “Yeah, yeah, but what’s his name?”
    “I told you. It’s Stan!”
    “But the last name?”
    “He’s BEST!!”
    “I KNOW!!”

  21. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Other failed publishing labels of the 1970s:

    Mood-Swing Teen Books
    Sulking Acne-Faced Punk Books
    Budding Sociopath Who Collects Iron Crosses and Nazi Memorabilia Books
    Frat Boy Books

  22. Hammy Says:

    @Bruce A (#9), GSSxn (#19):

    You’re both sort of right. It’s actually “Tom Swift and his Triphibian Atomicar”. Remember? It was already here….

  23. Bruce A Munro Says:


    Same lack of doors problem. Do all teenage science heroes get into their futuristic vehicles Duke Boys style?

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Hammy: GSS! I couldn’t remember the title, but knew we’d seen it here before. And I’d forgotten it was “triphibian”, which I presume includes water and land travel.

    @Bruce: I guess this one pops the bubble open so all the Hitler Youth have to scramble over each other to squeeze into it.

    Guy in back has a black uniform to the others’ olive drab, so I guess he’s in charge. Sitting in the back so he can keep an eye on all those moody teens.

  25. Hammy Says:

    @GSSxn( #prev.): Indeed, triphibian in Tom Swift context means air, land and water travel. Of course it does….

    @BAMunro(#23): Your guess is as good as mine. I just hope there’s no escape hatch on the lower surfaces.

    Oh, I might point out – you can tell that the Triphibian Atomicar is of American manufacturer and the one on this cover isn’t because, in true ‘murcun fashion, the Atomicar is loaded with chrome….

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Hammy: so the furriners ripped off Tom’s good old American know-how, and made it darker colored, no chrome, and a smaller passenger interior. Typical. At least they got the lightning bolt, though that might be an SS reference.

    Are the wheels down as this thing’s gliding along in the water/jelly? That seems like not a good idea. 007’s amphibicar retracted the wheels AND it was stylish with a much smaller engine compartment.

    Am not ruling out that this is some dessert gone wrong, with a toy car plunked into either Jello or that shiny cake frosting, and some artificial greenery.

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