Nov 18

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Good Show Sir Comments: Me Tar-sham. You Jan.

Thanks Bertie for sending this in!

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: 7.59 out of 10)

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27 Responses to “Jan of the Jungle”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Unexpected sequel to Jan of the Typing Pool and I Was Talking to Jan Down the Shops the Other Day.

  2. MakkaPakka Says:

    He’s more at risk from his archery technique than the man in the tiger onesie.

  3. JuanPaul Says:

    Me Tar-Sham, me no skip leg day at gym.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    Lord Thighmaster’s ass is wider than his shoulders.

  5. Paul Says:

    Me Tarzan, You Jan.

  6. GSS Admin Says:

    Oh c’mon Paul. I don’t expect anyone to read my mouseovers. But …
    I get first dibs at the low-hanging fruit.

  7. Lillie Awesome Says:

    @MakkaPakka – he’s really not grasping the primary strength of archery — namely, you can stab things that are way over there — at all.

  8. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Lord of the Twerk

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Jan of the Jungle” is just about as good a title as “Otis of the Jungle”.
    But maybe I’m biased — “Jan” is the Swedish name equivalent of “Doug”.

  10. fred Says:

    Me Jan, you Ramona.

    Otis Adelbert Kline begat Jan of the Jungle. Jan of the Jungle begat Call of the Savage. Call of the Savage begat Noah Beery Jr as a Tar-sham.

  11. Alice Says:

    Stephen Holland skipped out on taking any fashion drawing classes at Unknown Artist Institute.

  12. drlemaster Says:

    Oddly enough, this cover could almost be from The Hawkeye Initiative, given Tar-sham’s pose.

  13. THX 1139 Says:

    Somewhere, Jana of the Jungle ponders copyright…

  14. Tor Mented Says:

    Tar-Sham gets drunk on fermented banana juice and attacks a tapestry.

  15. JuanPaul Says:

    “Hold still! Tar-Sham clean monkey fur out of teeth”

  16. Bruce A Munro Says:

    The woman seems unharmed – perhaps this is an example of the rare bodice-ripper monster.

  17. Ikari Gendo Says:

    The beast seems to be eyeless. If it hunts by scent, Tar-Sham’s explosive flatulence may be a problem.

  18. Tat Wood Says:

    Why are we assuming that ‘Jan’ is the lady? It could be a Dutch Tar-sham. Or Flemish: the painting’s humans show the influence of Rubens just as the jungle and tiger gesture towards Rousseau.

  19. anon Says:

    I’m taking a LOT of liberties here, but:
    “It di best oral kleen”
    Jejune Half-Tong
    Caring bear-teeth-grater and vigorous jungle denturer Iudith

  20. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Tar-Sham (or Tar-Jan) crosses the jungle swinging from tree to tree, mostly because with those teeny feet, he tends to fall down a lot when he walks.

  21. JuanPaul Says:

    The continuing adventures of Jan Goodall, Nerd of the Jungle.

  22. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Jan, the wildest Brady of them all.

  23. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Unknown Artists Institute, Blurb Writing Seminar:
    “Ok class, now remember the formula—”In the X tradition” means, “derivative of and not nearly as good as” X. This formula can come in handy so memorize it.

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    My first thought (after AAGGHH, but that’s all of the covers) was “Boy, that really ticks all the boxes, doesn’t it?” And then I saw the mouseover and list of tags. Yep.

    Tar-sham’s got him some birthin’ hips. Surprised he hasn’t fallen over, what with those tiny feet. No way can he stand steady enough with that bow, which as @Lillie said, he’s seemingly not real good at anyway.

    @fred: Excellent link! Though I’m boggling at Jim Rockford’s dad being Tar-sham in his youth. Sounds like it’s maybe worth watching, and it must have been quite the excitement in 1935.

    @Tor: That scenario actually makes sense of this.

    @Bruce: I dunno, Faux-Jane (Mona?) has gone cross-eyed from it all, so she’s not unscathed.

    @anon: You’ve certainly got the orthodontic part covered.

    @BC: excellently decoded.

  25. Tracy Says:

    Some forgotten paperback pulp artist was way too influenced by the murals of Diego Rivera.

  26. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Tracy: so the blind,[1] devouring monster is Capitalism, the woman is the oppressed peasantry, and the RED headed hero is the mobilized proletariat?

    [1] Can’t see any actual eyes, and the sort of slit on top of the head, given the artist’s bad anatomy, might be the other ear.

  27. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: maybe they don’t need a dentist there, just an optician, what with a blind (or at best one-eyed) critter and a cross-eyed damsel. Or maybe they need both, but of course voracious capitalism means that the peasantry and proletariat cannot afford either.

    I’ve just been trying to get the ear, face, and jaws to fit in the same plane of distance/on the same skull. Can’t do it. 555-orthodontic indeed.

    @Tracy, @B.Chiclitz: “This cover is in the tradition of Diego Rivera.”

    Hey, the formula works.

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