Sep 11

Sunshine, moonshine, monkeyshines!Click for larger image

Marvin Comments: No doubt where Dian Fossey swiped her “Gorillas in the Mist” title from.

Published 1963

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: 8.20 out of 10)

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26 Responses to “Creatures of the Mist”

  1. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Vampire chimpanzees: slightly less pleasant than actual chimpanzees!

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    Count Chimpula ain’t a breakfast cereal anymore!

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Hammer Films bombed with BONZO HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE.

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    So they launched a wooden stake into space then?

  5. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    Now that I know that long term PG Tips usage has side effects, I am going to moderate my tea drinking.

  6. fred Says:

    This pitch for a remake of Lifeforce will be a tough sell.

  7. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I doff my hat for Fred’s laugh-out-loud pun. Good show, Sir, good show.

  8. JuanPaul Says:

    Today’s Horoscope for Chimpanzus:

    This is an excellent time for learning something new, dear Chimpanzus. You are in a good position to bite someone, and the more open they are to new viruses, the better you feel. You’re in great shape for assaulting Earth with the moon lining up with Satyrus Major. You care more about what is in your peers’ hair than usual. Those things that are crawling around in there can stick out more than usual, and you can be quite anxious to straighten things out. You’re in good shape for tearing open jugular veins. Your ideas and advice may not be well received today. Keep an eye out for pointy rocket ships trying to trip you up.

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    Not seeing a lot of mist here, and 1963’s too early for the title to be trying to evoke a Dian Fossey vibe.

  10. Bibliomancer Says:

    Ham the Astrochimp went to the Sears Portrait Studio

  11. Alice Says:

    Is that a lit cigar?

  12. Anna T. Says:

    @Bruce A Munro: Agreed. Chimps are nasty, unpleasant creatures who like to throw poop.

  13. Tor Mented Says:

    Talk about going apeship.

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    No, I can’t say that I dig it. Sorry, Vern.

  15. JuanPaul Says:

    @BC Caaaaaaannnn yoooooooooouuuu dig iiiiiiiiiiiiit?!

  16. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Juan Paul @8: GSS!

    @Anna T.: and vicious in a fight. Chimpanzee attacks you, they will seriously mutilate you.

    A.R. Yngve@4: just how big do you think these chimps are?

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I really can’t add anything here, except wondering where the mist is and what the deal is with the proportions. Mr. Osborne aced “random assemblage” class at UAI.

    A hearty GSS to all for the laughs, esp. 3, 10 and 13.

    P.S. Hey Vern!

  18. Rick Deckard Says:

    ♫ I hate every ape I see
    From chimpan-a to chimpan-zee
    No, you’ll never make a monkey out of me

    Oh my God, I was wrong
    It was Earth all along

    You’ve finally made a monkey
    Yes, we’ve finally made a monkey
    Yes, you’ve finally made a monkey out of me
    Apes: Yes, we’ve finally made a monkey out of you ♫

  19. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @GSSxn—Try I as I might to find the eponymous mist, all I can come up with is that thin whitish halo around the rocket. Of course, in space neither it nor the fiery exhaust are possible, but that just adds to the enigma of this cover, and adds more reasons, @JP, why I still can’t ddiiiiiiiiggg iiiiittt! (Great bad movie, btw.)

  20. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I was just thinking, maybe it’s not a chimp but a bonobo. They are gentle and friendly, unlike vicious chimps, and usually play the roles assigned to “chimps” in old films (although I think Cheetah was a real chimp). According to an article in The Nikkei Asian Review (5/1/14): “In contrast to the chimpanzee, the bonobo is known for its avoidance of conflict, which has earned the species the nickname, ‘the ape of friendship.’ ”

    It would be nice if this horrific looking chimp were really a cuddly bonobo, wearing wax teeth as a little comic shtick. Then, maybe, I could dig it.

  21. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    @B. Chiclitz: Aren’t bonobos also well known for spending a lot of their time doing more than cuddling – I imagine ‘the ape of friendship’ is just their most polite nickname. It’s supposed to be partly why they are so peaceful.

  22. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Vlttp—So it seems. They are also, unlike chimps, a female-dominant species. Perhaps we need to consult old Tiresias on this account, the time when he had to settle that dispute between Zeus and Hera.

  23. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @B. Chiclitz: so not only are they ape vampires, they’re _sexy_ ape vampires? do they sparkle when they emerge from the mists?

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: since there’s no mist on this cover, there’s no sparkling. QED.

    If that’s a bonobo, and we know what bonobos do… that might not be a rocket.

  25. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bruce AM—
    do they sparkle when they emerge from the mists?

    I think the answer is the same as the answer to another age old question:

    Q: Do you smoke after sex?
    A: I don’t know, I never looked.

  26. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    @Alice #11…I thought it was a pen-light that the chimp was using to shine on the earth.

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