Feb 05

The forbidden knowledge of how to rob a department storeClick for larger image

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Published 1957

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: 5.33 out of 10)

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14 Responses to “Crisis in 2140”

  1. fred Says:

    Logically, the helmet symbol should have an inkpot. How else is this forbidden knowledge to be written, and then gleefully stamped out.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    And that’s why he lost his job as security guard at Woolworth’s.

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    This is a good cover, and I cannot mock it.

    Also, it depicts one of the stormtroopers of the next U.S. President, hard at work rooting out literacy.
    SF predicting the future, you know…

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    Let me get this right. Some of the customers are dead while the others are taking advantage of the mayhem (sorry, crisis) to try out the beds*. Not being an expert in retail-based violence I afraid that’s the best I can do.

    *they’ll probably just order them from Amazon anyway, the jerks.

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    Definitely worthy of a ridiculous hat tag, regardless of what A.R. says.

  6. Ryan Says:

    The design inspiration for The Venture Bros.

  7. Ray P Says:

    By Grabthar’s hammer, what a savings!

    Clown suit sale results in violence.

  8. Tor Mented Says:

    These Forbidden Knowledge sales keep getting more hectic and commercialized each year.

  9. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I was going to make a comment, but then I checked the mouseover. Yeah, doesn’t look like much knowledge, unless fashion knowledge is forbidden.

    This is actually not a bad cover even today — in 1957 it was spectacular. Everything’s clearly recognizable, decently proportioned, and being a stormtrooper must come with an excellent dental plan.

    Who, pray tell, are the stormtroopers menacing other than the reader? There aren’t any dangerous civilians inside the department store — just troopers, mannequins, and people who are either dead or subdued. Or more mannequins. And the place looks very orderly — nothing overturned or smashed.

    Must be getting ready for Black Friday, as @Tor alluded to. Maybe that’s the sales staff cowering on the floor, or they had to sleep there overnight.

    @fred: It’s got a pen and a blank scroll, and no ink. There’ll be no writing of knowledge at all. With a red check mark. Nope, no writing here, check!

    @Marvin: good art direction.

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    ” Yeah, doesn’t look like much knowledge, unless fashion knowledge is forbidden.”

    GSS ex-noob: That would make them the Fashion Police.

    In 2140, are lead pipes standard police issue? I mean if you’re going to be shooting everyone, bringing a lead pipe seems a bit redundant.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The forbidden knowledge must be how to floss. It seems in the future only the stormtroopers will be cavity-free. The art may be decent (though I’m with B’Mancer WRT the ridiculous hat) but the text below the title feels like a newspaper headline:

    H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire Complete Novel; No One Buys

  12. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @B. Chiclitz: yeah, it needs an “a” or “the” before “complete novel.” Or would that confuse readers into thinking it’s a novel starring H Beam Piper and John J. (Jingleheimer) McGuire?

    I figure that’s a chunky retro-futuristic iPod equivalent on his chest and it’s playing some rockin’ tunes to brutalize people to through his oversized headphones.

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bruce A M—It looks more like a retro-futuristic Walkman.

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @BC: It’s a retro-futuristic Discman, silly.

    @Bruce: Nah, the Fashion Police are writing tickets about the Stormtroopers. Particularly their hats.

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