May 23

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Nigel Art Direction: “After the porn shoot, can you stick around for some paperback covers?”

Published 1969

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: 8.75 out of 10)

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32 Responses to “Damned Spot”

  1. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Out! Out! And don’t come back until you have an actual cover illustration!

    It looks like they’re examining the floor for dance step instructions.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    Damned Spot is of course, a swanky nightclub in Soho.

  3. Ray P Says:

    This wasn’t how she remembered tic-tac-toe but the monks were certain it was played this way. By the sixties end, Lucille Ball faced career challenges.

  4. fred Says:

    This is where we find out if Satan is Team Ginger or Team Mary Ann.

  5. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The chubby guy on the left holding the crooked torch stick looks about as Satanic as my layabout cousin Murray who refuses to engage in productive labor and sits around in the barcalounger all day watching the game show channel and eating corn chips. In fact, I think it’s him. They offered him twenty bucks to fill out the photo shoot array. Typical of Murray, he isn’t even trying to get in character.


  6. JuanPaul Says:

    That guy on the right is trying really hard to keep his eyes on the torch.

  7. Francis Boyle Says:

    Their doing the hokey cokey with the emphasis on the “hokey”

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    Looking at the Gallery I think I see the GSS theme this week. Guys holding sticks!

  9. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    And what are the 2 red blobs at the right edge? Something curvy in between—might be another lady, who, given that she isn’t tastefully semi-dressed in white, maybe wasn’t, er, qualified for sacrifice?

  10. Anna T. Says:

    “I call the weekly meeting of the Hellfire Club into session…”

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I like that little “Adult Reading” tag running up the left edge. Is it a warning? A marketing appeal? As if any kid would want to waste time reading this stuff anyway.

  12. Tat Wood Says:

    Play Damned Spot today!

    Using your skill and judgement, place an X where you think Rat Scabies ought to be in this picture. If the judges agree you could win a cash prize of £10.00.

  13. JuanPaul Says:

    @LL Apparently it is Red Nose Day today. Maybe she’s taking it to the next level?

  14. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “More devilishly perverse than Rosemary’s Baby!” – Well, I guess that sounded a lot more impressive back in 1969, at least to the Squares.

    @Juan Paul @6 – either that or he’s planning to lick it like a big ‘ol ice cream cone.

  15. Outis Says:

    Mistakes were made, and rather than the usual SF book, another was erroneously selected. From the shelf where the books’ spines are facing the wall, rather than the front. If you know what I mean.

  16. Ryan Says:

    @ Longtime Lurker – I also see a bare foot underneath the two red blobs, so I support your supposition that a third buxom wench is in the party, just out of picture stage right…

    And thus the right-most member of the Black Klan has such a fierce two-handed grip on his mighty flaming staff, least it lurch over out of control toward one or the other of the ladies to his sides.

  17. Tor Mented Says:

    Paging GSS-xn: I remember the links you posted about real people trying to re-create the covers of novels. You should send this one in as the ultimate challenge.

  18. THX 1139 Says:

    More devilishly perverse than Roman Polanski!

  19. Hammy Says:


    Is that a large 8 chalked on the floor?

    It’s kinda sad to see adults who never learned to play hopscotch when they were kids….

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I wonder what was wrong with Buxom Wench #3 that she got cut out, instead of Cousin Murray over on the left. Would have been better to throw some clothes onto her rather than crop her out badly and smear poster paint onto her image to cover up the naughty bits.

    @Tor: I fear these people may have been playing the same game, only down in someone’s unfinished basement instead of a mid-range suburban chain hotel. Hotels wouldn’t be too keen on open flame and drawing hopscotch boards on their floors.

    @THX: Can’t be. The ladies are all clearly over 18.

    @TW: love the “artist?” tag.

  21. Tom Noir Says:

    Is “Damned Spot” a demon-possessed canine companion?

    I hope so!

  22. anon Says:

    by Yr Bra Cuff
    Shae morphs my diverse baby relations revelry

  23. NomadUK Says:

    I was so going with the Ginger/Mary Ann reference, but @fred beat me to it.

    So, if the bloke on the right is the Skipper, and the other two are Gilligan (with Mary Ann) and the Professor (with Ginger), where are Mr and Mrs Howell? And is Lovie wearing a two-piece costume as well?

    Maybe that doesn’t bear thinking about….

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @NomadUK: I fear you may be right about Lovey. Perhaps her giant costume trunk was depleted?

    I suppose Mr. Howell is the one snapping the photo. Caught hell (har) afterwards for cropping the Mrs. out of the picture.

    Wow, they’d try anything to get off that island, even Satanism.

  25. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: well, we had one episode with actual working voodoo in it, so I wouldn’t have been surprised by an effort to use black magic to get off the island if the show had lasted a couple more seasons. I mean, after stuff like a spider the size of an arm chair, radioactive meteors, lightning turning people invisible, and a mad scientist switching everyone’s brains around, it would seem almost normal.

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: Maybe this is a missing episode. It’s less odd than the ones that aired. Perhaps the network decided after filming that America wasn’t yet ready for Satanism. And the censors back then didn’t approve of the navels.

  27. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    What’s that one guy trying to remove some skin coloured layer from Ginger’s waste all about? (although I don’t blame him)

  28. THX 1139 Says:

    @Anti-Sceptic: What the… oh waist, right! Please don’t make spelling mistakes like that, I don’t appreciate the mental images.

  29. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @A-S:Very odd. It looks like his left hand. The photo repro is so terrible I can’t tell which hand it is or what exactly he’s trying to do to Ginger with it.

  30. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @THX 1139—Must’ve been tough when your English teacher assigned Shakespeare’s Sonnet 129 for homework.

  31. THX 1139 Says:

    @ B. Chiclitz: Will Shakespeare was brilliant at spelling, though. Mind you, he did have a very good spellchecker on his laptop.

  32. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Hey, hey! Put those torches out! We’ve got strict fire safety rules here at CosplayCon.”

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