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Feb 25

L'espace, c'est moi!Click for larger image

Good Show Sir Comments: Somehow, Capitaine Futur got his head stuck in a blender.

Thanks to Alain for sending this in.

Published 2017

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: 7.17 out of 10)
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15 Responses to “Capitaine Futur”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Quite a nice retro cover, actually – and good to see Wilford Brimley exposed for the ruddy dastard he is.

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    Is Capitane Futur now l’empereur de l’espace? He’s come up in the universe since I knew him. (He was only Private Present back then.)

  3. fred Says:

    In the future no one is overweight.

  4. Lillie Awesome Says:

    Zut alors, mon capitane! Ce cyborg doré s’enfuit avec votre radio art déco!

  5. Proteus454 Says:

    La Legion Extraterrestre?

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    The Doctor found it hard enough to laser-sculpt without the subject constantly scratching himself, his space-suit shrinking in the wash and the Brain of Morbius making bitchy comments behind his back.

    And, once again, they’d given him a space-helmet with lights on the inside, so all he could see was his own nose, magnified.

  7. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Actually, that is a “modernized” but quite faithful version of an original cover – all the way down to the helmet design (well, the original helmet looked less like a blender):
    https://karavansara.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/219505188_00085e3e0e_z.jpg

  8. JuanPaul Says:

    In the future, european colonists will use superior technology to oppress indigenous cultures and steal thier shit.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I love the way they squeezed that second “i” into “Capitaine.”

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Ah, Captain Future and the Emperor of Space. First ran into Future and the Futuremen in a collection of short writings by humorist (and major writer for the Marx Brothers) SJ Perelman, who did a review of this very tale:

    https://nebushumor.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/s-j-perelman-captain-future-block-that-kick/

    @A.R. Yngve: one merit of the modern cover is that it doesn’t look as if Captain Future and his robot sidekick have accidentally shot each other.

    If people were turning into ape-men left and right, you’d want your head in an airtight container, quick, no matter how much it smelled of avocado smoothies.

    @fred: Grag the Robot and Simon the disembodied brain don’t even have to exercise to keep the pounds off.

  11. Tag Wizard Says:

    @B. Chiclitz – +1 Protection from Spelling! Missed the gratuitous “i”. Fixed our title typo.

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    It’s nicely retro to go with the retro contents, as @ARY said.

    Other than the blender helmet, I like it. Well, and the font that’s making my eyes water from the color combos and the swooshy faux 3-D going in different directions. Le typeface isn’t the artist’s fault, though. Being unable to read the subtitle is due to l’imbecile the art directeur.

    The art is absolutely true to the characters’ appearance, as @Bruce’s delightful link shows.

    I guess that’s l’empereur lurking in the background, he’s got the cape for it.

    Amazing Stories magazine has printed new Capt. Future stories, in the form of prequels starting with young Curt before he became Capt. F.

    @Tag, @Admin: the embiggen link no worky.

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bruce A M—thank you for that link. Perelman is exquisite.

    topographical map of Dale Arden

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I read the Perelmen review again and found new gems.

    But “Le Belial”?! The devil made them do it? I’d think Capt. F wouldn’t hold with that sort of thing. Or with the original meaning of “worthless”.

    Maybe they were referring to Robert Browning’s poem:

    Or, my scrofulous French novel
    On gray paper with blunt type !
    Simply glance at it, you grovel
    Hand and foot in BELIAL’s gripe

  15. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    The description of Captain Future, (from Bruce AM’s link) is nicely ambiguous- “His unruly shock of red hair towered six feet four above the floor,” Obviously supposed to be tall and impressive, but I prefer to imagine him as average or short with a very,very big ginger afro.

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