Jan 06

Happy New Year 2020! Hard to believe but Good Show Sir is entering its third decade of curating a panoply of terrible sci-fi and fantasy book covers. And a third decade of passersby mistaking terrible covers for bad covers. And speaking of milestones, in this past year we celebrated our 10th Anniversary and 2,000th Cover! We threw such a big party bash I totally blacked out and can’t remember anything. I’m sure you all had a great time.

2019 saw the launch of the Good Show Sir Podcast (“Another fucking podcast” raves Podcast Aficionado magazine!)

The Magazine for Pod People

And in 2019 GSS underwent a massive expansion, increasing our staff by 50% with the addition of the lovely and talented Social Media Strategist Tweet Jane! Our Twitter and Facebook presence has been spruced up and there you can find bonus pithy comments and troll abuse not seen on our blog page.

On to the honours. First, the top rated cover of last year:

I think that's what a naked girl looks likeClick for larger image

Thuvia, Maid of Mars

Our silver medal winner is the Piers Anthony centaur and pony show:

Cover artist majored in My Little PonyClick for larger image
Click for wraparound horse’s ass

Night Mare

And the bronze-medal winning:

Tarzan's been hitting the HGHClick for larger image

Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar

My personal favourite of 2019:

This is how all Swedish women walk around. No need for sheep.Click for larger image

Skeppsbruten på Tschai

Tag Wizard’s fancied this mess. “No guts, no glory” he screamed:

Gutsy cover artClick for larger image

Encores in Fade

And Tweet Jane just friended this role model. “Making her my avatar” she vowed:

The Deathless Amazon ... now featuring more death!Click for larger image

The Deathless Amazon

Now back to recovering from the concussion I received from a fan angry about my Black Peter costume. He obviously misunderstood I was dressed ironically. Go figure.
— GSS Admin

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: 8.86 out of 10)

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11 Responses to “Olde Year Summe Up 2019”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Man, irony is so 1990s… Anyway, a happy New Year to all, and I think the expression on the lady’s face on the winning cover says it all. Onwards!

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    I’ve always preferred gold and silvery myself.

    Also, and upwards (or should that be downwards – I always get confused about these things around here.)

  3. fred Says:

    I suggest a GSS financed Thuvia movie for the coming year, but only if you can get Nicolas Cage for the title role.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    Welcome back one and all to the Roarin’ 20s.

    This was also the year E! News tried to steal our intellectual property and business model.

    Never forget.

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    Good see some old fashioned side-boob win the year.

    I scrolled through 2019 there are some spectacular covers. I think this one is my favorite:

  6. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I would not be surprised if this year’s #1 continues in our permanent Top 10. It is truly horrific. Although, I question on a technicality: has anyone ever seen it in actual print? #3 is also quite bad.

    Staff choices all solid, though I think Admin’s is the best/worst, and Jane’s is so apropos.

    Here’s to another year of bad covers, good fellowship, and new episodes of Raket and Skibet.

  7. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Hear, hear.

    Although I must give props to Tag Wizard’s choice: most renderings of near-naked combatants swinging around large pieces of very sharp metal are inexplicably lacking in intestines.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:


    Reflecting (and apologizing for doing so), I think what matters most to me about this joint is that people actually write. That’s so corny, but true. Now, someone, B’Mancer perhaps, hit me with a sardonic and cynical riposte and dash this maybe-there’s-hope-for-humanity-yet feeling down into the muck where it belongs.

    Happy 2020 all!

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Wishing you a good year with lots of good laughs.

    P.S.: If you enjoy riffing bad sci-fi, check out – the old “Mystery Science Theater 3000” guys are still at it!

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @BC: But even Tag’s pick doesn’t show intestines. Just lava.

  11. Hammy Says:

    Hm. I’m sorry I missed this post when it came out.

    I can’t help but think that Tarzan and the queen (?) he shares the “Jewels of Opar” cover with are both shocked at seeing that the other has a bigger “package” than they do……

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