Oct 21

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Verylatetotheparty Comments: I can’t believe anybody would choose that font. If the only brief was a piece of paper with ‘title: The Tomb’ written on it, nobody would choose that font. Even the skull on the cover looks like it can’t believe that font.

Published 1970

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: 8.09 out of 10)

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23 Responses to “The Tomb”

  1. Francis Boyle Says:

    Hey, it was the seventies. Even pristine skeletons with weirdly preserved eyes* were feeling the urge to get down and get funky.

    *At least that solves the problem of where to inject the drugs.

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The cover was also used for the James Brown’s 1974 album THE TOMB, featuring the lesser-known Lovecraft-inspired track “Get Up Offa That Unspeakable Floor And Get Down On Your Unholy Feet.”

  3. Ray P Says:

    Do the funky shoggoth. It’s worth looking up H.P. Joelcraft on YouTube. Lovecraft poetry set to Billy Joel’s Pianoman.

  4. Tat Wood Says:

    For once, the cover’s less dated or embarrassing than the content.

  5. THX 1139 Says:

    Anyone fancy a marshmallow?

  6. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    Not the Tomb That Came to Sarnath, surely? (Sorry, somebody had to do it.). And that is a freakin’ awful cover.

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    I’ll keep an eye out for this title.

  8. JuanPaul Says:

    How much more work would it have been to connect the ‘e’ in ‘the’ to the ‘b’ in ‘tomb’? You missed a Good Show Sir opportunity, graphic designer person.

  9. Anna T. Says:

    I have got to say, nothing gets me in the Lovecraft mood more than googly-eyed skeletons and disco letters.

  10. fred Says:

    Cthulhu called, should have texted.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    When they voted on this cover in the editorial meeting, did someone actually have to say “Ok, we’re done. The ayes have it.”

  12. Tat Wood Says:

    It needs a Jeff Beck theme tune

  13. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B. Chiclitz – [rimshot]

  14. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    Was I correct to use the term ‘font’ for writing that’s all joiny-uppy and squiggly? It’s bothering me now.

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    The true eldrich* horror was lurking in Panther’s art department.

    @Vlttp: GSS! Your comment was completely on point and the last bit made me LOL. I’d call it a font as well. Or a typeface, but the tags say “font problems”.

    @L_L: GSS to you too. It was a necessary callback.

    Heck, GSS to all. Quality comments, especially for a Monday. Come for the ludicrous covers, stay for the commentariat.

    *Nobody else had used the obligatory.

  16. Ray P Says:

    Knowing me, knowing Cthulhu
    There is nothing we can do
    Knowing me, knowing Cthulhu
    Maybe this time we’re through
    The gates of the Silver key

  17. Tracy Says:

    Plus, the eye is clearly a glass eye, not spherical like a real non-decayed eyeball should be! Lazy craftmanship all around.

    The title reminds me of this one from glam band The Tubes:

  18. anon Says:

    Meth Bot
    Hah, Terror Porn

  19. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Font colors by the Color From Space, peeping skeleton by Evil Dead.

  20. Raoul Says:

    Gutsy move Tony Marshall. Next time blame it on the Unknown Artist Institute.

  21. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    @Tracy: That’s what happens when you watch too much television with your head at a 45 degree angle.

  22. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    The “e” looks like it’s slapping hands with the “b”.

  23. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @anon: Could also be P.C H.LOVEFART

    @Bruce: GSS.

    @A-S: a very 1970 thing to do.

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