Jul 08

It's a Hoot!Click for larger image

Ryan Comments: Edgar’s year seven project.

Published 1966

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: 7.60 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “West of the Sun”

  1. fred Says:

    So many cover possibilities instead of this collage. At least the Italians rose to the occasion.

  2. JuanPaul Says:

    A red-green planet would be a brown planet. At least that’s what my color theory teacher would have told me if I had shown up to class.

  3. Bibliomancer Says:

    Four men and two women alone on an unknown world? Add Mrs Howell and you have the plot to Gilligan’s Island!

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    Let’s not be too hard on Herr von Zitzewitz. In 1968, using clipart involved actual clipping.

  5. Bruce A Munro Says:

    There will be …rocks! Fire! Sea anemones! Bows and arrows! Blue things! Orangutans with pointy sticks! Long runs on the beach! Are you not entertained??

    @JuanPaul: maybe it’s got green seas and red land? Or vice versa?

    @Bibliomancer: Mrs. Howell has no gender?

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    I kept clicking on the orangutan to see what kind of smut you were keeping from us.

  7. Anna T. Says:

    Sayth the staff-waving individual on the right of the collage…

    “Aren’t you forgetting something?”

    …w …t …f …?

  8. Tracy Says:

    I remember collages like this on science textbooks of the late 1960s, only they made more sense.

  9. THX 1139 Says:

    “Ook? Ook. Euch.”

  10. Tor Mented Says:

    The circle that looks like planet Mars at first glance turns out to be the side of a cold beer bottle. Perhaps that sheds some light on the artist’s creative process.

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Did anyone but the artist give a hoot?

    This collage really makes no sense even by the SF standards of the day. What is all that stuff to the right of the damsel and above the disembodied arm?

    @JuanPaul: look at the top of the collage. Hoot must have remembered that too.

    @Tor: I think you’ve got it.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Hmmmmm—book published 1966. The final edition of the New York Herald Tribune ? April 24, 1966. Looking at that insipid blurb, I figure the review must have taken down the paper. Serves them right.

  13. Tag Wizard Says:

    @GSSxN – Hoot thought this collage was nice. Sold it twice!

  14. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Francis Boyle: indeed, the artist might have spent whole _hours_ going through a heap of discarded magazine with his safety scissors and Elmer’s glue, risking paper cuts to find just the perfect pictures, or at least the pictures he was going to use.

    @Tag Wizard: whatever Judith Merril paid for it, it was too much.

  15. Francis Boyle Says:


    But those paper cuts can be. . . nasty.

  16. Ryan Says:

    This piece of art produced with pride by the Institute of Indolence.

  17. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    @Ryan #16…haven’t seen the word “indolence” used in a long while…GSS!

  18. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Collage technique has produced great works of art…
    … and in this case, great works of fart.

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