Jun 18

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It’s a Two-fer Tuesday: Dominic Flandry Showcase

Good Show sir Comments:

1. Poul Anderson pulls a George R.R. Martin; kills off Flandry in a first chapter surprise!

2. Signet decides that putting Flandry’s face or name on the cover does not sell books.

Thanks to Charles for sending one in.

Published 1975, 1987

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: 8.17 out of 10)

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19 Responses to “A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows”

  1. MakkaPakka Says:

    Must be the Award-Winner’s biography of Poul Anderson, he lived in exciting times!

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    1. Who am I rooting for here? Looks like the hero is using the damsel as a human shield.

    2. Smokin’ hot!

  3. THX 1139 Says:

    1: The ceilidh takes a sinister turn.

    2: “Ooh, no, you mustn’t see my ladybits! Fortunately I have a 50 a day Capstain Full Strength habit to preserve my modesty!”

  4. fred Says:

    1. The extra crotch armor was probably Flandry’s idea and Dick Blade laughs mockingly.

    2. Not that old ‘Kirk adjusts the Academy transporters again’ gag.

  5. Ray P Says:

    1. Original visualization of the final fight of Terminator 2 needed work.
    2. Even her hair is wispy mist. “My oath of celibacy is on record, Captain.”

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    1. Total capitulation to the “Hands and Feet are Hard to Draw” dictum.

    2. Given that it’s the only thing she’s wearing (besides the smoke), you’d think her bracelet’s “ting” would get a nod.

  7. Anna T. Says:

    1: A robot rescues a young lady from a kidnapping attempt.

    2: The same young lady is persuaded to pose for a nude.

    In all that, there’s one question: Who or what is this Flandry supposed to be?

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    1. It’s all fun and games until…

    2. What’s up with her left foot? Is she actually a woman-shaped lollipop? On fire?

  9. Ray P Says:

    Who is Flandry?

    Just a man with a man’s courage
    You know he’s nothing but a man
    And he can never fail
    No one but the pure at heart
    May find the Golden Grail

  10. JuanPaul Says:

    @THX Don’t ceilidh’s always take a sinister turn? Or is that just Irish ceilidh?

  11. JuanPaul Says:

    @THX Don’t ceilidh’s always take a sinister turn? Or is that just Irish ceilidh?

    #2 These millenials are getting pretty good at blowing vape rings.

  12. Bruce A Munro Says:

    #1: OK, he’s [1] shooting the guy in the head and waving to Mom while making a rocket-propelled leap into the air, but where is that third jet coming from? The other two are coming from lil’ rocket packs on his waist, but the other seems to be just randomly emerging from the side of his boot. Was that supposed to be someone shooting at him with a zappy ray and they colored it in wrong?

    #2: GSS: Signet falls back on the old reliable “sex sells, and nobody cares what people see them reading on the bus.”

    [1] She’s? Unlikely in 1970s Poul Anderson, but not impossible.

  13. Hammy Says:

    #1. I’m confused. Which is Flandry – the guy taking the head-shot from a plasma gun, Robot-looking-thing with three lasers and a plasma gun, or the well-endowed hostage?

    #2. Hm. Maybe the well-endowed hostage on cover #1 *is* Flandry. Boy, that’d be a surprise twist in the Flandry saga, wouldn’t it?

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    Here’s the soundtrack to at least one of these covers

  15. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Hammy: Flandry is a transsexual from the planet Transylvania? There’s a crossover!

  16. Hammy Says:

    @Bruce A. M.(prev.):

    Well, it’s possible, I guess. On most of the previous Flandry covers we’ve had here – and and

    Flandry’s always chasing the girl. Maybe he finds out in this one what it feels like….

    (N.B. there are other Flandry covers that don’t feature well-endowed females, but fewer than those that do)

  17. Anatole Says:

    Going by the aesthetics and inflation, the bottom one is 1975 and the top is 1987. So, by the mid-80s, readers wanted to see Flandry shot rather than getting nekkid? Was this Tipper Gore at work?

  18. Ray P Says:

    @Anatole I think it was the Gipper rather than the Tipper.

    #1 has the bald bloke, Nadia Cassini and the robot sidekick of Caroline Munro from Starcrash!

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Ray P: you’re right!

    Flandry covers tend to have pneumatic women on them, but #2 has such a distinct lack of Flandry that I wonder if it was intended to be the cover for something else.

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