May 09

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Wendy Comments: I like Arizona in the summer. It’s a dry heat.

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: 8.44 out of 10)

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22 Responses to “The Incredible Melting Man”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Sequel: Puddle of Flesh!

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    I hope this book contains the film’s immortal line: “Oh my God – it’s his ear!”

  3. Outis Says:

    This is confusing. So this fellow comes along, melts away and…? Sounds like a disaster all right for the clean-up crew, but apart from that, well. Maybe the title should be “The incredible melting man: he is a janitorial nightmare”.

  4. fred Says:

    He…is wearing his Depends on the outside.

  5. THX 1139 Says:

    @Outis: Well, not to spoil the film, OK, I’ll spoil the film, it’s rubbish, but the IMM eats people to replenish his flesh, though in the end the condition overtakes him and he is indeed shovelled up by a janitor.

    So there you go: you too could be a Hollywood screenwriter, Outis!

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    The Incredible Melding Man
    He is a Pinochle Player

  7. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    The Incredible Melting Man
    He is a Human Slime Bomb…

    … and is that a ting! I can see on his neck? His melting flesh has a ting!?

    I have to speak in defence of the artist on this one – Joe Petagno designed Snaggletooth, the… um… the thing on most of Motorhead’s album covers, so any pictorial sins he might have committed elsewhere should all be forgiven.

  8. JuanPaul Says:

    🎶I just want you to watch me dissolve, slowly🎶

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I guess there’s no point in shouting “Behind you!” to someone who’s already half melted away.

  10. Bibliomancer Says:

    @BC – “Your better days are … BEHIND YOU!”

  11. Bruce A Munro Says:

    He looks like kind of a drip.

    Is his spaceman costume also melting, or did he just pull part of it off to melt more comfortably? Tight lycra isn’t very pleasant when you’re all sweaty, after all.

    So is this the book of the movie or was it the movie of the book? The guy in the movie wasn’t a time bomb: as already noted by THX 1139, he went out with more a whimper than a bang. Perhaps they added the subtitle to make him seem more “menace” than “pathetic.” The cover certainly seems to be trying to make you think “Oh noes! He’ll set _everything_ on fire with his fiery, ting-y drippings!”

  12. Alice Says:

    Best use of the “I’m melting” tag to date.

  13. Anna T. Says:

    Those fireproof clothes weren’t quite as durable as the incredible melting man had hoped, although others would say they were more durable than the average.

  14. Outis Says:

    @THX 1139: thanks for the outline, that makes some kind of sense. But if so, the big point is hardly the melting, but the rampant cannibalism…
    Also, it seems that to be a Hollywood screenwriter you have to show some love to those unsung heroes, the janitors. Toxic Avenger, anyone?

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Outis—Don’t forget to pay homage to the presiding divinity, the white-browed God of Janitors himself!

  16. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @B. Chiclitz: Mr. Clean vs. the Melting Man? Sounds better than the movie we got.

    The cover could also be interpreted as the astronaut being melted, and everything else being set on fire, by that hell planet in the background. (Hellstar RogerCorman?)

  17. Ryan Says:

    Was his left arm originally much longer than his right, or is that part of the melting action?

    Also, as an Arizona resident, this cover only really represents our weather here in the Valley of the Sun for about four months a year. The rest of the time you are just lightly basted.

  18. Wendy Says:

    @Ryan – Sorry. Next time I’ll make sure my jokes are geographically perfect.

  19. Tom Noir Says:

    Somebody set us up the human time bomb!

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I’ll stop the world and melt with me…

    IMDB sez:

    “You’ve never seen anything til you’ve seen the Sun through the rings of Saturn,” exclaims Alex Rebar. Apparently, somehow this causes him to start melting and eating people, such as a nurse in the tightest fitting nurse’s outfit ever, a nerdy fisherman, a horny old couple who simply can’t keep their hands off each other in a car. To save the day comes Doctor Ted Nelson!

    And here’s a full review:

    which opines “The only thing setting this apart from the nuclear nightmares of the past is Rick Baker’s superlative effects work and the gratuitous nudity. (Oh, and a cameo from Jonathan Demme.) Everything else is loaded right off the back of a 1958 military supply truck.”

  21. Bruce A Munro Says:

    GSS ex-noob: loaded off, or fell off?

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: both?

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