Jan 25

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Wendell Comments: Uh … Behind You?

Published 1969

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: 8.80 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “The Killing Bone”

  1. A. R. Yngve Says:

    You know… if watercolors were somehow erased from all existence… would it really be a bad thing?

    Think about it, won’t you?

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    “Unga-bunga! Me catch him!”

    “Nooo Cavey!!!”

  3. fred Says:

    That’s quite the the sturdy spoon he’s holding high. Looks like the Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo is back on the menu.

  4. fred Says:

    Peter Saxon is one of the publishing names used by W. Howard Baker. Many GSS worthy covers to admire.

  5. Tor Mented Says:

    There are many things I don’t understand about this cover — the skull hand puppet, the smoking pestle and the disappearance/transformation of the woman’s right arm. Most of all, I don’t understand how her Brazilian butt lift managed to migrate to her hips.

  6. The Blue Are Coming Says:

    The Monolith screamed, “No, Moon-Watcher! Nooo!”

  7. Bruce A Munro Says:

    The Killing Bone, aka the Very Unfunny Bone.

    Black magic, sorcery, _and_ occult evil? Sounds rather redundant.

    If you look at the large version of the picture, under the skull face it looks like there are very sketchily sketched in shoulders and what might be a hand holding a pestle for that mortar, so presumably that’s a witch or warlock committing black magic/sorcery/occult evil.

    I am less clear on why the exotic dancer whose skirt is about to fall off appears to have a pair of caveman arms growing out of the back of her head. [1]

    [1] A descendant?

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    This takes the jaunty hip to a whole new level!

  9. A. R. Yngve Says:

    DID YOU KNOW that many editors suffer from low confidence and are afraid to use more than 20% of book cover surface for inserting titles, blurbs and other standard copy?

    Give, and give generously, to Anonymous Scared Editors – a volunteer organization that helps spineless editors find their courage.

  10. Bibliomancer Says:

    I have no freaking idea what is going on on this cover

  11. Francis Boyle Says:


    Completely depends on whether it’s black magic, sorcery, or occult evil evil going on here.

  12. fred Says:

    I am Groot?

  13. NomadUK Says:

    [email protected]: If I had to guess, I’d say she’s killing his bone — if you know what I mean.

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I really don’t understand how the belly dancer’s deformed spine* and lack of one arm led to her standing in front of a stone sculpture of two arms and a spoon. I don’t think she does either.

    Skullface is either fading into or out of existence (or the mists).

    @B’man: Me neither, but based on publishing date, I suspect recreational pharmaceuticals were involved.

    *causing a perilously jaunty hip, as @BC said

  15. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Tor Mented: her right arm is bent backwards and mostly covered by her shawl: it appears to end in Spoon Arms’ armpit.

    (People are clicking on these covers to get the large version, right? Or is trying to get a better look now considered uncool? Nobody tells me these things.)

  16. Ryan Says:

    @Bruce – I have to seize my courage with both hands prior to embiggening the images. Risk v reward!

  17. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Ryan: fair enough.

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I embiggen also, trying to figure out what’s going on.

    It doesn’t always help.

    Like, this one I can see @Bruce’s point of her arm going that way, or maybe it’s just fallen into a void.

    And if we can’t figure out what the deal is even when enlarged, you know the people looking at these on the shelf or spinner rack wouldn’t have either.

  19. Tor Mented Says:

    @Bruce: Of course I looked at the larger version. Boobs are involved.
    That still didn’t clear up what is going on with her arm. Does it end there, or does it become Spoon Arm?

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tor: the way this is drawn, there’s a chance those actually ARE her arms wielding the spoon! Some sort of horrible mutation/operation.

  21. Emster Says:

    Okay… from above comments I see I’m not the only weirdo artsy who doesn’t get it either…

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