Mar 04

More Cocker's Mad Gods and EnglishmenClick for larger image

Verylatetotheparty Comments: More Moorcock. The next book in the series after “The Jewel In The Skull” and a similar GSS suitable standard of cover art. The cover of the third book is disappointingly not nearly as bad. Published in 1975, it might also qualify as an early example of Orange and Teal, (although it’s come out more pinkish in the photo).

Published 1972

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: 7.25 out of 10)

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20 Responses to “The Mad God’s Amulet”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    No, don’t mock, if Frank Lloyd Wright were alive today this is EXACTLY what he’d be designing.

  2. fred Says:

    Moorcock a la DAW still rules. Non-steroidal knight, lizard lion, hairy archer.
    Mayflower is just……..meh.

  3. JuanPaul Says:

    ” Whose been wearing my amulet without my permission!?”

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    More like mad god’s mullet, amirite?

  5. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Did the artists just say “His name’s Moorcock, we might as well do whatever daft WTF thing we want?” Was this a precept of UAI and art directors?

    The blue thing’s got one hell of an upper lip.

  6. Tor Mented Says:

    I think I see a sinus passage.

  7. Tor Mented Says:

    Maybe what’s cooking in the center is The Mad God’s Omelet.

  8. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    GSS ex-noob:

    I can’t see it as a big upper lip, only as a big screaming mouth doorway. It must be like the blue and black/white and gold dress thing. – Get well soon by the way.

  9. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    Other people can see the butt-plug turrets though, yes? I don’t want to be the only one that sees the butt-plug turrets.

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Verylatetotheparty: now I can’t _unsee_ it. Thanks a lot.

    I think the issue is that the mouth has the same color scheme as the towers to either side, so it can look like a curved surface rather than an opening. I have a closed gate and must scream?

    If that’s the Mad God on top, he looks like an aging rockstar. Perhaps Castle Buttplug used to be a music critic before the Mad God used his amulet on him.

  11. Hammy Says:

    “Weird decolletage”.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @B’Mancer, @verylate, @Bruce Munro—such is the spontaneous teamwork or social construction of knowledge to be found here: he is sporting a mullet, he is an aging rockstar, and the name of his band is, yes, “The Butt-Plug Turrets.”

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Gol-durned New Age SF writers with their sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll…

    GSS, @B. Chiclitz, @Tor Mented. But I’d sooner eat Green Eggs and Ham than any Omelets that guy made.

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I was going to ask “What exactly IS the relationship between Unhappy Castle Butt-Plug, Glowy Ovule, and Mullet Dude?”, but I see @BC has solved it. GSS.

  15. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    #10 Bruce A Munroe: I can’t help but feel a little bit responsible for that, since I’m completely responsible for that. You can try distracting yourself by looking for the joins where Bob Haberfield incorporated photographs into the picture.

    #12 B. Chiclitz: Now I want to START a band called “The Butt Plug Turrets”.

    #14 GSS ex-noob: Unsurprisingly none of it has much relationship to the contents of the book. Well… there IS a castle, but not a castle like that!

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Here’s an idea for a late-night drinking game:
    Have a Staring Contest with this cover.
    The one who can stare back at the cover for the longest time without blinking – or laughing – wins a free beer.

  17. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    @A.R.Yngve: Nice idea, I think Fred would definitely win. On the other hand looking back at comment #10, Bruce A Munro probably never wants to look at this cover again – still feel a bit guilty.

  18. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Kali Matta!

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Gumball pulls faces like that on the Cartoon Network.

  20. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Why the long face?

    (And my sincere apologies for being so late with such an obvious Dad joke.)

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