Sep 19

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Rick Deckard Comments: behind you. No, Behind You. Hey, BEHIND YOU!

Published 1977

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: 7.44 out of 10)

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19 Responses to “Challengers of the Unknown”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    “We’ll take this act to Vegas if it kills us!”

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Use your uniforms to blend into the scenery, and the monster won’t find us!”

  3. fred Says:

    So they’re just Scobby Doo with a gill man instead of a dog and wear silly uniforms w/ off center striping.

  4. Cygnia Says:

    Was this based off the DC property?

  5. Francis Boyle Says:

    Rule number one of UAI: always make your figures dynamic, even when it makes no smeggin’ sense.

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    As it’s Goulart, I’m prepared to accept that the text was a parody. Did the artist know? Was there, in fact, an artist of was this made from Letraset action-transfers?

  7. JuanPaul Says:

    Swamp Thing is about to get cracked on the skull by an aggressive title.

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    Are they Challengers of the Known Unknowns? Or Challengers of the Unknown Knowns? Or Challengers of the Unknown Unknowns? Asking for Don Rumsfeld.

  9. Anna T. Says:

    @fred: Yes, and why is the stripe off-centre like that?

    It looks so bad…

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    This basketball team plays the worst defense ever! Not to mention their uniforms are ridiculous.

  11. daard23 Says:

    Captain Kirk to landing party:
    “What? Everyone is wearing a red uniform??? Oh Crap!”

  12. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Blonde guy in back: “Oh look at me! I’m a scary monster! Grr! Grr!”

    (Either that, or B. Chiclitz is right and he thinks it’s a basketball game).

    @fred: it does look like a Scooby Doo scene, doesn’t it? But I think that’s Old Man Jenkins in the Gill-Man suit, trying to scare people off from his Florida swamp property scheme.

    @Anna T., fred: “why is the stripe off-centre like that?” I guess that is an Unknown the team won’t be Challenging.

  13. fred Says:

    If the blonde lady is missing a pen I think I see it under her uniform. Why she can’t feel it is beyond me as it looks rather uncomfortable.

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    Zor the Pescaton photobombs the Argos Catalogue

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I keep thinking the title is loading up, with that hourglass there.

    (Because, otherwise, why the hourglass?)

    I agree with @Tat that this is likely a parody (which doesn’t explain the off-center stripes) and possibly created entirely from Letraset or Colorforms.

    The blonde woman is from a different set, being much brighter colored than the others. And the anomaly @fred noticed is because the “artist” was in a hurry and left a wrinkle during the application. Swampy is indeed Old Man Jenkins; he and the background scenery are from a Scooby-Doo set missing everything else.

  16. THX 1139 Says:

    Man, the “Look Ma, no feet!” tag is going to get quite the workout…

  17. Francis Boyle Says:


    that’s why the monster is so angry. It can’t work out who it’s supposed to kill.

  18. Jarikith Says:

    @Cygnia Considering it’s using a title logo and costumes straight from one part of their comic run, I’m going with yes. And it turns out that yes is correct. These are in fact the Challengers of the Unknown from DC comics fame.

    @GSS ex-noob Why the hourglass? Because the Challengers considered themselves to be living on borrowed time. Hence hourglass.

    As for the off center stripe and the logo itself none of that can, alas, be completely blamed on the cover artist. this particular costume choice also came direct from the comics at the time. First use of that costume and logo I could find is July 1977 with Challengers of the Unknown #81. This book appears to have been published in November 1977. So clearly there was a mandate for the cover to use recognizable elements of the Challengers of the time. And yes, it’s a direct comic book tie in novel.

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Jarikith: Great info, thanks! So perhaps the random action poses can be explained by the cover artist just copying random figures from the comic?

    The novelization of the comic book! Back when comics (and everything) were goofy, in the disco years.

    I’m sure Mr. Goulart slaved over this work for months. Not.

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