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Ozzy Comments: Somebody want to untangle whose hands belong to who?

Published 1980

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: 8.40 out of 10)
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15 Responses to “Atomic Murder”

  1. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “It does too hide my weak chin!”

  2. A. R. Yngve Says:

    But on the bright side, you gotta admire those impeccably clean and groomed fingernails.

  3. THX 1139 Says:

    H.G. Wells didn’t go there – but Leonard Gribble went there. The Visible Man!

  4. fred Says:

    He has two elbows and one shoulder or one elbow and two shoulders or the most poorly tailored suit in the history of suits.

  5. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Atomic murder: it’s more radioactive than regular murder, but you’ll be dead anyway, so who cares?

    Is bandage man wearing a glove, but only on his clubbing hand?

  6. griz Says:

    I want it to be like Frankenstein v Dracula. Except it can’t obviously be either of those, so more sort of invisible man but visible. What’s the title got to do with anything?

  7. THX 1139 Says:

    So, very very very very very very small murder, then.

  8. Tor Mented Says:

    People are getting real militant toward those who won’t wear masks.

  9. fred Says:

    Internet copy of the book. It looks like a Scotland Yard procedural and not pure pulp as suggested by the cover.

    https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.350382/mode/2up

  10. Bibliomancer Says:

    Since when is splitting atoms considered murder?

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    Inspector Gadget, 1950s style. (And very unlikely to be from 1980 if the price is in shillings). Or maybe ‘Dixon f Dock Green’ gone very badly wrong.

  12. Francis Boyle Says:

    Who knew violent death and arson could be so much fun?

  13. Hammy Says:

    Never go to a club fight with a penlight, I always say….

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    That penlight isn’t going to help at all. If he had one of those D-cell lights, maybe.

    So I’m guessing “atomic” refers to bandaged and gloved guy horribly tormented by radiation, causing him to run amok at the “secret plant”. As opposed to vomiting, getting weak, and generally lying around helpless.

    @ARY: Admiring the manicure is why the guy on the bottom has his hand in an ineffectual position to ward off bandaged maniac.

    @fred: I’m going with bad tailoring and 1.5 elbows. Atomic mutation!

    @Tag/Admin: fred’s link shows an original US publication date of 1947; this copy obviously has to be pre-1971.

    ISFDB says Digit Books ran from 1956-1966, and this one was their very first publication, in 1956.

    QED.

  15. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Radiation is amazing stuff. Bandage guy seems to have obtained the mutant skill of accurately clubbing people across the chin while staring off into space (or possibly through the fourth wall. )

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