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Jan 27

The WTF BookClick for larger image

Wanda June Comments: Oh my flaming eyeballs

Published 1971

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: 8.57 out of 10)
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16 Responses to “The War Book”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    A new innovation in GSS: you’ve heard of Spot the Ball – now, Spot the Loo Roll.

  2. fred Says:

    Sun Tzu’s art of war.

  3. JuanPaul Says:

    I think these ‘Nazi Mega Weapons’ documentaries are starting to make shit up.

  4. Tat Wood Says:

    The weapons and letters on the shirts are the giveaway: Death, Justice, Famine and Desk Ornaments – the Four Spacehoppers of the Apocalypse.

    I’m not sure if I’m with Edwin Starr or Boy George on this one.

  5. Tor Mented Says:

    It’s a prophetic book that foresaw the wars over Lou Rolls.
    (And how many of you thought Lou Rolls was the guy who sang “You’ll Never Find”?

  6. griz Says:

    I guess it makes sense that TP guy is swinging the scales of justice to smite the hoarders…

  7. fred Says:

    A vast improvement over the first edition hardcover, unless crap stock photography is your thing.

    http://socialistjazz.blogspot.com/2018/08/ffb-war-book-edited-by-james-sallis.html

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    Is that dude on the far right toting an H-bomb?

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Wait a minute . . . Death, Justice, Famine, H-bomb . . . my god, it’s the Eye-pocalypse!

  10. daard23 Says:

    Today’s episode of Sesame Street was brought to you by…some of that bad acid I took at Woodstock.

  11. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Well, this is pretty special. There’s something almost Polish in it’s surreality.

    “And I looked, and behold, yet another bloodshot eyeball: and his name that sat on him was death, and damn that’s a big gun.”

    If it’s the four horsemen, the guy with the scales should be Famine, not Justice, who has never been a part of the lineup: the artist seems a bit weak on his bible quotes. And I have no idea why War has an F: Furious? Fatality?

    Aside from the gas masks (?) It looks like they’re wearing superhero costumes, aside from death: Famine even seems to have a lightning-bolt belt, like the Flash.

    @Bibliomancer: traditionally the Spirit of Conquest has had a bow. I guess that for this “modernization” they decided arrows weren’t metal enough and gave him something larger to shoot.

  12. Hammy Says:

    Bibliomancer (@8) and Bruce (@prev.):

    Here I thought it looked like an automobile wheel. I was thinking far-right (compositionally) guy just wanted the fix the flat on his space cruiser. Or maybe he ran out of arrows and is stealing wheels to shoot from the bow that’s kind of out of view.

    And I can’t figure out what J-Dude is carrying (or if it’s even a weapon), even if I embiggen the picture.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Cover illustrates what the buyer’s eyes will be like after they get a look at this.

    Middle guy is fighting really hard at the store during the Great Toilet Paper Shortage of 2020. Try and take his two-ply and the Weaponized Scales of Justice will smite you.

    What species is that skeleton supposed to be? Homo wtficus?

    @B’man: It’s definitely some sort of bomb, and 1971 suggests atomic. Why he’s trying to launch it from a bow is anyone’s guess.

    🎵 Bring him his bow of non-burning non-gold, bring him his… we’re out of arrows? Will a bomb work?

    @fred: The War Against Trees What Needed Pruning.

    @BC, @Tor: LOL! GSS.

    @Bruce: Very Polish-esque pop art indeed.

  14. Francis Boyle Says:

    Eyeful, just eyefull.

  15. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Francis Boyle: heh.

    Just for comparison’s sake, here’s Durer’s take on the Fearsome Foursome, which for some reason he decided to portray as regular dudes, aside from Death, portrayed as “Crazy Grandpa is outdoors with no pants and a pitchfork again”.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50863047663_e5fd831044_h.jpg

  16. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Editor: “I said the cover needs to get eyeballed, not get eyeballs!!”

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