Oct 08

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GSS ex-noob Comments: Two guys arguing over who’s going to pose for Tom of Finland.

Published 1976

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: 8.83 out of 10)

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  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Across the crowded disco-room
    You’re amazed of dancing people
    He sets a fire there all alone
    Wanna get you the disco-fever

    And if he raised his head his eyes caught mine
    And that was all that I needed
    In his eyes I saw the need for love
    The warm, soft feeling
    ‘Cause we made

    Eye to eye contact
    Eye to eye contact (Oh, oh, oh yeah)
    Eye to eye contact (We made)
    Eye to eye contact
    You and me

    (that’s dry ice, right?)

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    Er, Tom of Finland may have drawn with one hand but he had standards.

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    EXTREME Rock Paper Scissors!

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “My deodorant is superior!”
    “Ha! Mine makes my armpits smell fresh 24 hours straight!”

  5. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “we couldn’t think a way of making the battle between two blobs of parasitic jello look interesting, so we just went with the ultimate battle of good vs evil as enacted by bodybuilders in a cloud.”

  6. JuanPaul Says:

    Ting vs Lightening. I wonder which is more powerful.

  7. fred Says:

    Tom of Finland…strategically placed clouds…paraphrasing John Belushi from Animal House – ‘SWORD FIGHT!’.

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    … and that is my theory on how weather works.
    Thanks for coming to my TED talk!

  9. Rick Deckard Says:

    “in a bizarre adventure of Hunter and Hunted”
    Let me guess. That is Hunter on the right and Hunted on the left. The Ambiguously Gay Duo.

  10. Anna T. Says:

    So one guy’s human (maybe), and the other is either Chiss or a big fan of blue body paint.

  11. THX 1139 Says:

    The Blue Man Grope?

  12. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    Well, you learn something every day—here I was thinking that “Tom of Finland” had something to do with Finnish Railways (scroll down):

    I remember reading this book while I was in my teens, and it wasn’t new then. The cover is to the book roughly as a raven is to a writing-desk.

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    It’s like they’ve got invisible longbows and are planning a point-blank suicide-pact firing thunderbolts or whatever with them.

    There’s a David Essex joke in there if you want it.

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Great to see “weird delts” right next to “weird pecs”! Both totally apropos this otherwise meh cover. Today’s comments are way better than their source, btw. GSS to all 😉

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Hey you
    Get off of my cloud

    Hey you
    Get off of my cloud

  16. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B.C. – Excellent Glimmer Twins shout out.

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Yes, as I said to @Tag W, it’s a book about a teenage boy on a Pacific island and a green blobby alien. So of course it has two guys fighting over who’s going to pose for T of F.

    “weird pecs” obviously, also the lesser-known “weird delts”, and let’s face it, weird everything.

    I don’t remember where I spotted this gem. My copy has this cover:

    which as @Bruce (5) pointed out is somewhat illustrative of the main characters.

    You don’t often see the Fist Of Ting!

    While this isn’t as bad as many covers we’ve seen, it was just so gob-smackingly inappropriate I had to capture it. I wonder if Avon also put out a book about two cosmic fighting giants with a teen and alien blob cover.

    Clement was still around when this came out but obviously had no cover approval in his contract. He was a modest man who probably hated this. The original covers from the 1950s aren’t bad, though the European ones are predictably WTF.

    GSS to @THX (11) and @BC (15).

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