Mar 05

'That's my boy!'Click for larger image

Wendy Comments: I think the faux-chinese font really makes this special.

Published 1978

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: 7.44 out of 10)

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23 Responses to “Children of the Dragon”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Are you sure this isn’t an ad for leopardskin posing pouches? “Gives you the freedom to hack and slay – right through the day!”

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    “Oh god, he’s killed the palace guard again. How am I going to cover up for him this time?”

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    I can’t see our heroic barbarian doing any hacking or slashing with that sword. Looks about as sharp as a bag of custard.

  4. Michael Toland Says:

    Why does the lady look like she was drawn by Frank Frazetta and the rest of it by Boris Vallejo?

  5. fred Says:

    He appears to have lost his right forearm gauntlet judging by the lighter skin, if so, props to the artist for the detailed artistic overkill.
    $10 says he has a pony tail of some form.

  6. Mike E Says:

    Unknown Artist is Manuel Sanjulian.

  7. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Is the heroic barbarian the one who is besieging the Empire, or does he just come in and topple it under the besiegers noses?

    @Michael Toland: if you’re going to steal, steal from the best?

    The dragon looks like it’s going “BOO!” It also appears to have its face in the flaming brazier and is giving itself a hot-chin.

    The composition seems a bit cramped. Unless that throne is growing out of the dragon’s flank, I don’t think all those people are in the same place. I suspect King Redcloak is off sitting in his treasure vault, brooding, as @Bibliomancer suggests, over the hijinks the dragon’s kids are getting up. Maybe the dragon is somewhere else, too. He (or she) seems to be boo-ing at something off panel.

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    The blurb suggests a novel about Genghis Khan – does that justify the 70s Vesta Curry packet lettering?

    And casting Sammy Davis Jr as the Jin Emperor is only slightly sillier than Robert Morley in that Omar Sharif film.

  9. Monty Says:

    What on earth is that dragon doing with its paws? They seem to materialize out of nowhere.

  10. fred Says:

    @Monty – A dragon riding a dragon?

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    That dragon looks positively gleeful surveying the carnage below. Sort of lacking in decorum, no?

    The damsel should definitely be sporting a “Faux-zetta” tattoo somewhere.

    And that butter-slashing sword—where’s its scabbard (he asks annoyingly)?

  12. Tor Mented Says:

    At first glance, I saw a hand over the woman’s head and did not realize it was connected to Sammy Davis Jr. It just seemed to be a floating hand, and it looks like it is flipping them the bird. Now I can’t stop seeing it that way.
    The odd position of the dragon’s feet also caught my eye. Maybe they are supposed to be talons on the end of its wings. But the position reminds me of the contortionist Chinese acrobats who can arch their backs in a circle and place their feet beside their heads.

  13. Justin M Tarquin Says:

    She looks like she’s about to go off on a waitress who brought her a piña colada with a soggy paper umbrella.

  14. Hammy Says:

    Two minutes for slashing!

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Here we have the rare “anti-weird pecs” cover as his pecs are the only torso parts that look halfway reasonable. He’s so randomly lumpy.

    Faux-nan, Faux-zetta chick, inexplicable green mist, dragon who appears to be laughing in a “hyuk hyuk” fashion, and I’m not sure if yon damsel’s wearing brass bikini or teat shields. Either way, she’s going to be poking herself in the arms with ’em, and he ought to find a better position for that belt dagger unless he wants his next adventure to be titled “Faux-nan the Eunuch”.

    The whole thing seems to be giving King Sammy Redcloak Jr. nausea. That’s a “trying not to hurl” expression.

    @Justin M Tarquin: maybe the dead royal guard brought her the soggy umbrella. Good description of her expression.

  16. Tracy Says:

    So much wrong here!

    1. The Disneyfied dragon.

    2. The fallen guard in the front who is crawling away without panic. What, the mighty barbarian missed one?

    3. What is over the butt of the crawling guard? They look like loose bodybuilding weights.

    4. The main character reminds me of Den, from Heavy Metal magazine. His right arm is very suspicious. It looks like a quick repaint job, perhaps to give him a sword to hold. But there is no way his hand could hold a sword in the position it’s in. His thumb is in front when it should be behind the pommel.

    5. On first glance the king looked like he was picking his nose, not agonizing in thought.

    Not one of Sanjulian’s better ones.

  17. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Tracy: looking at the larger version of picture, the crawling guard looks like his helmet has been hit hard enough to crack and he’s bleeding onto the back of his neck with a trickle running down his shoulder. Concussed, at least.

    Big Dude’s other hand looks off, too. Is he wearing a bunch of rings?

    Maybe the fallen soldier on the left is wearing an armored skirt? It’s hard to tell what’s going on with the lower bodies of the three fallen/crawling in front: for all I can tell it’s three torsos emerging from one common butt.

  18. Tracy Says:

    Oh my god, you’re right about Den’s other hand! His left hand looks like it has two thumbs on closeup, one in the normal place, the other where his pinkie should be!

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Does Faux-den actually have two thumbs, or is it just another lump like he has all over his torso? It’s like he has Elephant Man Disease. Or he might have THREE thumbs — regular, index, and pinkie.

    Which at least is better than the three torsos/heads growing out of one butt of the palace guard.

    The only proper anatomy the artist bothered to do was on the mostly-naked woman. Gee, I wonder how and why that happened, she asked sarcastically.

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The title logo reminds me of some graffiti in my neighborhood… except that the graffiti is more legible.

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    ARY! Welcome back.

    Real graffiti is much more stylish. This is like some middle-aged white advertising guy’s idea of graffiti that you’d see on a low budget TV show.

    The favorite graffiti I ever saw in my neighborhood was when someone spray painted a basic outline of Hello Kitty. It stayed up for several weeks, whereas the gang tags get painted over quickly. I liked it — somehow it looked friendly yet menacing right at the entrance to the neighborhood. Also it was great for giving directions to my house.

  22. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The blurb text about a “slashing epic” might be misinterpreted by today’s fan audience – if you know what I mean and I think you do.

  23. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: So you’re suggesting that today there’d be something between Faux-Den and the king. Perhaps Faux-Den hanging around with the damsel explains the king’s woeful countenance.

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