Jul 13

More words! More colors! More fonts! Make this title pop!Click for larger image

Ruggles Comments Taking his cat to the vet to get his yearly shots is always such a chore.

Published 1975

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: 7.00 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “A Gent from Bear Creek”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    It’s a man’s life in the Leopard Home Delivery Service.

  2. fred Says:

    I forget how many of those cheap Italian Breckenridge Elkins movies Doug McClure starred in.

  3. fred Says:

    With a title like ‘Agent from Bear Greek’ and the hero fighting a large pussy, I suspect there may be some kind of subtext going on here from Howard.

  4. Ryan Says:

    I am intrigued to learn more about the pictures inside, as this is the “special illustrated edition.”

    @3, Fred, is it the AGENT from Bear Creek, or A Gent from Bear Creek?

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    “No, no no. He’s the AGENT from Bear Creek. How many covers have you printed so far? Can we recall it?

  6. Francis Boyle Says:

    I think the blurb should read “his most nonchalant hero ever”. “Yeah, leopard hefting’s hard work but you know someone’s got to do it”.

  7. Dr Bob Says:

    It’s the horse he needs to take to the vet. Someone’s stolen its eyeball.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I hear that Leopard Tossing has replaced Little Person Hurling as a social pastime in all the best Bear Creek taverns.

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    I’m seeing a G where you see a C: ‘Ya been ta Palmer’s Green, blood? It’s bear Greek, innit-doh’.

    But ‘Beckingridge Elkins’ is a paper supply company from Woking.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The type font detective points out the letter “G” in “A Gent” (or “AGENT,” take your pick), as clearly different from the “C” in “Bear Creek” (although “Bear Greek” does have a lot going for it).

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    @BC: I wasn’t sure, because the second letter of ‘agent’ (or first of ‘Gent’) is harder to discern with all that brown snow or whatever it is behind.

    I can see that there’s something odd about the horse’s head and that Our Hero is suspiciously like John Cleese as Attila the Hun.

  12. Tag Wizard Says:

    Hey js, Guess what.

    Jeff Jones still can’t draw feet.

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tat W—All true. Perhaps the horse is thinking something like, “God, my grandfather found himself in Guernica for looking like this and I end up on this lousy cover.”

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Jeff Jones still can’t draw feet.

    Objection: this breaks the ever-so-strict GSS rules. It isn’t SF/F/H, just Manly Men Western Adventure!

    To me, “Breckinridge” conjures up a ski resort town (one letter difference), with lots of Amero- and Eurotrash swanning about trying to impress each other and also a ton of twee antique shoppes. Lovely scenery even in summer, though.

    @TW: Do we have a “words words words” tag? Because this deserves it.

    @Ruggles: GSS. Looks a lot like our house on those days, except we’re smart enough to wear shirts.

    @BC: They were hoping to make it an Olympic event, but holding the tryouts right next to the equestrian course nixed that.

    @Tat: your last sentence is the perfect description.

  15. THX 1139 Says:

    I didn’t know Gore Vidal wrote sequels.

  16. jrdelirio Says:

    @Tat indeed. Or a small personal injury law firm.
    @GSS e-n not only that it was apparently Western *humor* – ol’ Breck is described as “mighty of stature and small of brain”…
    …which sort of places him in good company among the protagonists of these covers, so maybe we should let him pass.

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @jrdelerio: If we gave a pass to every cover personage who was small of brain, we’d be passing most of the covers.

    “Small of brain” maybe explains why he’s shot-putting a leopard. While shirtless.

  18. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @THX1139: knocks it out of the park with the first comment.

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