May 19

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Good Show Sir Comments: A city where the only place open all night is one toy store.

Published 1987

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: 7.64 out of 10)

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17 Responses to “Feral Cell”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Hell of a way to find out Neil Young is dead.

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    GSS once more proving that illustrating a fantasy novel means never having to draw hands.

    BTW, the boundary between “life and death—and eternity” is a three-way intersection. It’s a pretty dangerous place and I hear they’re putting in a roundabout.

  3. Tor Mented Says:

    In the final analysis, aren’t we all merely phantom rock stars?

  4. Tor Mented Says:

    I dreamed that I was a peddler. When I awoke, I was not sure whether I was a rock musician who dreamed of being a peddler or a peddler who dreamed of being a rock musician.

  5. Max Bathroom Says:

    Maybe the album cover for Trans wasn’t that bad after all…

  6. JuanPaul Says:

    New wave musicians never die, they just fade away.

  7. fred Says:

    A car with a fin on the roof gets you 300% better gas mileage and is a chick magnet as well.

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    The Wyld Stallyns reunion wasn’t quite the triumph that ‘Bill and Ted Face the Music’ made out.

  9. Tracy Says:

    So much bad here.

    I think the Toy sign must have some significance to the story… like that’s where the dreams are peddled, or it contains the gateway to eternity. Just saying. Probably a last-minute add in by the artist on the direction of the publisher. But, it could also be a sex toy shop to advertise the cyberpunk “sleaziness” of the scene.

    To me the fedora man resembles an aged Jimmy Page with long hair still. And, the ghost of Gary Numan is standing behind him! The extra person in the back is the freakiest though. They have perfectly cylindrical legs that end in rectangular feet and a COVID virus for a head.

    And I love how the artist took a generic picture of a city street with parked cars from the 1970s and turned the cars into “futuristic” versions by adding a fin or two, or implying (like in the car on the far left) that they have three wheels not four.

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    The Peddler of Dreams is annoyed – the Phantom Rockstar keeps following him and scaring his customers off.

    Gary Numan, Mork from Ork called – he wants his uniform back.

    @Tracy, normally comparing an Afro to a Covid virus is probably a bit of a social faux pas, but then we all still have Covid on the head, after all.

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    @Tracy & Bruce: the ghost of Gary Numan is Gary Numan. That’s the ghost of Mr Fibuli

  12. B.Chiclitz Says:

    “Feral Cell” seems like a good name for a phantom band.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Is everyone except Hat Guy the same person? A fuzzy-headed ginger in a beige jumpsuit?

    I’m also thinking “font problems”.

    Am also pondering the fact that “Feral Cell” scans to “Tainted Love”, which of course was sung by Soft Cell, meaning there might be another book out there called “Feral Love” (I bet there is) or “Tainted Cell” or someone was just REALLY into Northern Soul and the accompanying drugs.

    @Tat: well, there’s one question answered.

  14. Francis Boyle Says:


    I was thinking the lovechild of Miles O’Brien and Tom Paris beaming back into the past as one is wont to do, but GSS for Mr Fibuli one of DNA’s less well known characters.

  15. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Ah, the good old days when they tried to fuse the “cool” factor of rock music with the visions of sci-fi.

    The young ones of today won’t buy it: “So, like, you oldies imagined that rock music would be relevant in the future? Hellooo! Live Aid was long ago, it’s over!”

  16. Hammy Says:

    Hey, wait! There on the right, isn’t that Nik Kershaw, from the half-visible phase of his video for “Wouldn’t It Be Good?”

  17. JJYoyo Says:

    @Hammy: maybe so. All I know is : “I don’t wanna be here no more I don’t wanna be here no more…”

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