Feb 26

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Sideshow Bob Comments: Evil children. Amirite?

Published 1976

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: 5.43 out of 10)

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17 Responses to “Inheritors of Earth”

  1. fred Says:

    A big bodiless head on a cover should get a ‘Zardoz’ tag.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    “I said Mr Spock, not Dr Spock!”

  3. Tat Wood Says:

    Baby Bill Clinton: the untold story of his power over women.

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    I think that, like Michelangelo, our unknown artist has no clue about painting women in general, and breasts in particular. Though, to be fair, he’s a dab hand at swooshy blue-green stuff. (It’s a little known fact that Michelangelo wanted to depict God as a swooshy blue-green energy being but was just not up to the task so he had to make him an old man instead.)

  5. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Ah, “psi powers” – the pet power fantasy of every sunken-chested reader who ever had sand kicked in his/her face at the beach.

    It’s challenging for a cover artist to show such powers without resorting to cheap, flashy effects – since there’s literally nothing real or substantial to go on.

    You can refer to real stuff to make a spaceship seem realistic and credible – but what things from the real world can you show as a physical reference to a person who has, or wished he had, mental powers over others…?

    Wait! I’ve got it…

    An anorak.

  6. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Looks like the Giant Psychic Head people have this one in the bag.

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tat W—yes, and that’s how he came to be called “The Comeback Kid.”

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    Are the “three forms of humanity” mommy, daddy and baby?

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “So if I make them both have headaches every night, they’ll never have sex again and I won’t have to worry about any stupid siblings! nyyahaha . . .”

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    So do the naked people represent the other two types of humanity, or has the third group – perhaps the Very Germy People Who Wear Too Many Clothes – decided to be not appearing on this cover?

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Giant evil children heads, gender non-conforming people, and dudes with splitting headaches.

    Tough choice, but I’m going with the person on the left. Do we have a “dude looks like a lady” tag? Because there’s devil’s dumplings, but their head looks male. If they’re supposed to be female, I’m still going with her. As long as she/they are careful about what she/they give birth to.

    I reiterate my choice if the swooshy stuff is psi powers emanating from evil baby and causing agony to the adults. That kid is definitely the first to die.

    @fred: Agreed.

    @Bruce: Earth did not Inherit any clothing technology in this time. Which likely means there aren’t diapers — ewww, if there’s a Giant Evil Baby digestive tract.

  12. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: maybe that’s why the giant babies developed psychic powers – to force people to clean up after them.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: Why is it our wildest speculations here make more sense than many of the covers?

    Even if Giant Evil Baby is just a head, it’s going to secrete from nose and mouth. Future Earth better have absorbent technology even if they’ve given up clothing.

    Or else the Clothed Germy People are just off-cover due to being a lower caste.

  14. JJYoyo Says:

    My horizons have been immeasurably expanded. Here I thought the three forms of humanity were Larry, Curly and Moe. But now I see they are Snap (Mr. Excedrin on the right), Crackle (the hermaphrodite on the left) and Pop (Baby Zardoz)

  15. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “Here I thought the three forms of humanity were Larry, Curly and Moe. ”

    Never was quite sure myself where Shemp fit in.

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    And what of Manny, Moe, and Jack?

  17. Hammy Says:

    The title of this book reminds me of a quote from the eminently-quotable Israeli diplomat/politician Abba Eban. When describing Harry Truman, he made mention of how he expected Harry to be more self-effacing and modest, but found just the opposite, especially after Harry’s presidential election victory.

    Eban said “…I have always been willing to accept the New Testament prediction that ‘the meek shall inherit the Earth’ but I have often wondered whether, having inherited it, they would continue to be meek.”

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