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Apr 13

Je ne sais quoi-da-fucClick for full-sized, full-frontal, full-French foto

Good Show Sir Comments: Hans Brinker as you’ve never seen him before!

Merci Alain for sending this in!

Published 1977

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: 8.75 out of 10)
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19 Responses to “Univers 08”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Cutting your own hair in self-isolation doesn’t always go well.

  2. fred Says:

    Ohhhhhhhhhh my.
    Seagull is about to either deliver his opinion on this cover or make someone lucky.
    Peter Fonda? Alain Delon?

  3. Bibliomancer Says:

    I’m getting a strong Stormy Daniels vibe here.
    Anyone else?

  4. Tor Mented Says:

    It’s good to see the censor sheep back in business. Bless the horny French.

  5. Tor Mented Says:

    I Sphinx the Body Electric.

  6. Francis Boyle Says:

    Cyborg Carl Sagan seems very interested in Stormy’s, err, hair.

  7. Ryan Says:

    Cover illustrates a single story, or cover illustration compiles elements from all the stories? Only you can discover the answer, at the low, low price of 15 francs!

  8. JuanPaul Says:

    I bet you didn’t know that the Large Hadron Collider is powered by French speed skaters.

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    ‘Daft Punk is playing at my house, in MY house
    And the porn star, she’s got three arms
    yeah, Daft Punk is playing at my house, in MY house
    Show the Sphinx the ropes, kid, show him the ropes…’

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Actually, it’s four arms on the bare-breasted damsel. I can’t figure out if the two translucent ones are really “there” or if it’s some UAI-inspired technique for showing movement (or maybe she’s Shiva). At any rate it’s hard to account for the bloody hook.

  11. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @fred: Jonathan Livingstone Seagull approves of _none_ of this.

    @B. Chiclitz:she also has an extra leg.(The lower sheep actually makes things worse IMHO, since it implies that she’s hooked _herself_).

    @JuanPaul: is that the Large Hadron Collider, or mecha-Sphinx’s rear end? (Actually, maybe the Large Hadron Collider _is_ a mecha-Sphinx).

  12. JuanPaul Says:

    It’s like the artist captured the exact moment when her hair got too heavy for her neck.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    What is this I don’t even.

    A giant Sphinx head is electrified. 2 nudists — him with a metal arm, her apparently being strangled by her own hair, plus cutting herself very oddly (with an arm made of hair? and she has 3 legs?), and a speed skating race by robots wielding chains. And a seagull.

    The mouseover text says it all.

    Ah, J’ai Lu. The finest of merde.

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Picture the scene in 1977…

    – “Aha, what’s that, Michel? A dirty book?”
    – “Zatapatique, no! It is Science Fiction!”
    – “Ah, stories about naked ladies of the future? Lemme see!”
    – “All right, look if you want to…”
    – [Flips pages] “But this is not a dirty book, Michel… just boring stories about mutants and robots and aliens… written by Englishmen and Americans!?”
    – “Look, can I read my book in peace?”
    – “Here, enjoy your ‘Science Fiction’… weirdo!”
    – “I’ll become a writer one day… you’ll see!”
    – “You’d better not be a Science Fiction writer, then… if you want any readers! Ha ha!”

    And so, the young Michel Houellebecq realized that he must never call his writings “Science Fiction” in order to be accepted as a serious French writer….

  15. Tat Wood Says:

    @ARY: since when has anyone outside Paris taken Houellebecq at all seriously? He can’t even spell ‘Wellbeck’.

  16. Hammy Says:

    Man, at first I thought this was a huge typebook describing the huge family of sans-serif fonts called Univers.

    This has to be less dry than that. Doesn’t it?

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Hammy: I’ll bet you can guess which I’d rather read. At least on the bus.

  18. DaveM Says:

    The only thing I know for certain about this cover is the girl with the hair and possibly extra appendages is totally power rocking “I’m a little teapot”!

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @DaveM: GSS!

    Maybe the Sphinx head is an amp and/or speaker.

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