Apr 10

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Noel Comments: The Stalker of the Worlds says “Wait for the green man before crossing, kids”.

Published 1976

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: 6.88 out of 10)

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13 Responses to “Stalker of the Worlds”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    The Green Cross Code Man gets a robot and now where are we?

  2. fred Says:

    If you see the stalker of the worlds you will piss yourself either in fright or laughter.

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    This has to be the laziest cover we’ve ever seen here. Back in the 70s other bad artist were suffering for their bad art by taking weird bad drugs and producing horrible psychedelic monstrosities. This guy just wanders down the street with his camera set on double exposure and, hey, presto one boring bad cover.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    “You look down on your luck. Let me give you a hand!”

  5. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Forget the hands and feet. What I learned at UAI is “Everything is hard to draw.”

  6. JuanPaul Says:

    I’m imagining that this is the story of a soul that can only move through the human world via the traffic control grid. He tries to express complex thoughts and ideas to a population ignorant to the subtlety of his nuanced form of communication….or am I projecting?

  7. Raoul Says:

    Is he punching that little guy in the nuts?

  8. Tor Mented Says:

    ♪ So I took a big chance at the GSS dance
    With an Ampelmännchen ready to play.
    Was it that he was walkin’
    Or really was he stalkin’?
    Told me how to walk this way
    He told me to
    Walk this way, walk this way
    Walk this way, walk this way … ♪

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tor M—If only the UAI had hired R. Crumb for its faculty.

  10. daard23 Says:

    After seeing this S F Hale cover, I swear I’ll never make fun of Baen EVER again!
    Well, maybe not EVER again…at least for a few hours.

  11. Bruce A Munro Says:

    One can only hope the editorial staff had a good time with the booze they bought with the cover artist budget.

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I’m with @FB (3): this is an uncommonly lazy cover. This guy probably flunked out of UAI. Out of focus traffic signals, dull yet not contrasting lettering… it wouldn’t entice anyone to pick it up.

    It’s a big sigh and ho-hum of a cover.

    Mr. Stalker of the Worlds appears to be carrying a piece of crown molding. Probably remodeling, and Mrs. Stalker wants the exact perfect match, which can only be found on some other planet/dimension.

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Editor: “We need that cover in FIVE MINUTES!”
    Artist: “Lend me your Instamatic… I’ll be back in three with a cover.”

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