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Bibliomancer’s Art Direction: We’re in a hurry, Boris. Just send us a random page from your sketchbook. We’ll pay top dollar!

Published 1978

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: 5.33 out of 10)
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18 Responses to “Arcane”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Richard Hurndall was never the same after The Five Doctors…

  2. JJYoyo Says:

    “Bringing them wisdom, medicine… and war” – well, two out of three ain’t bad.
    …bringing them cheeseburgers, fries and…..cement.
    …bringing them Whiskey, monte cristos…. And whipped cream.
    …etc.

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    If this were a random page from Boris’ sketchbook I’d expect more rippling muscles and flashing swords and the regulation helping of boobage instead of a bored unicorn and Luke Skywalker in a skirt. Must be from his hitherto unknown Prozac period.

  4. fred Says:

    Harry Hamlin could have been the Doug McClure of fantasy horse movies.

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    @THX: I was thinking post-moustache Jerome Willis (of ‘Green Death’ and ‘Lifeforce’ plus many better productions).

    @Fred: if Tom Cruise hadn’t bounced back after ‘Legend’, fantasy horse movies would have had their own Doug anyway.

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    The blurb puzzles me: if this is a Calvino-esque attempt to recruit a deck of cards as co-author, fine, but ‘The Fool’ and ‘The Emperor’ are two totally different Major Arcana. To change one into another is, in any other form of card-play, technically known as ‘cheating’ and gets people shot in westerns.

  7. Max Bathroom Says:

    @Tat Wood
    Perhaps it’s supposed to be the cabbalistic approach where the various Trump cards represents a single individual’s spiritual evolution, or however it’s supposed to work?

  8. Ryan Says:

    With a horn of that length, can that unicorn actually crop grass, or will he or she be thwarted by plunging the horn’s tip into the turf at every attempt to start lunch?

  9. daard23 Says:

    I was going to make a Unicorn Tarot deck joke…but, then I did a google search…
    https://www.amazon.com/Unicorn-Tarot-78-Card-Deck/dp/088079142X

    Also, a Vlad Dracula Tarot deck. Sure. Why not?
    https://www.amazon.com/Vlad-Dracula-Tarot-Travis-McHenry/dp/1925924971/ref=sr_1_2?crid=LYP0MIXZP953&keywords=vampire+tarot+deck&qid=1648657242&s=books&sprefix=vampyre+tarot%2Cstripbooks%2C130&sr=1-2

  10. Tor Mented Says:

    So you buy a novel based on the tarot deck. And it tells you that a deceased uncle has buried a fortune in gold that you can have. But you need to contact the tarot reader and, for a small fee …

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    And Lo, the Fool Became an Emperor: The Life of Donald Trump

    NYT Best Seller list?

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @B’man: perfect art direction.

    @fred: I thought that was Harry too. Obviously, it even looks like his face.

    @Ryan: Good point! (pun not intended, but left in) Maybe it can only eat downhill.

    @daard23: There’s a tarot deck of everything. Be careful and keep safe search on, as it converges with Rule 34.

    @BC: Can’t be — he brought no wisdom and no medicine.

    @TagW: I don’t suppose we have a tag “old man take a look at my life… crosseyed”? The chap far left obviously disapproves of the goings-on.

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Just one book? Piers Anthony wrung a whole pervy trilogy out of tarot.

    @daard23: which, of course, naturally leads to the My Little Pony tarot. https://www.deviantart.com/southparktaoist/art/My-Little-Pony-Major-Aracana-Tarot-Cards-417169696

  14. Hammy Says:

    @daard, Bruce:

    Hello KItty tarot:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/163032357773

    Miyazaki tarot:
    https://miyazakitarot.tumblr.com/

    Guillermo del Toro tarot:
    https://www.amazon.com/Tarot-del-Toro-Guidebook-Guillermo/dp/168383979X

    It never ends….

  15. A. R. Yngve Says:

    “I come to bring wisdom, medicine and… SHIT!! That damn unicorn got stuck again. I swear, I’m gonna saw that stupid horn off!”

  16. A. R. Yngve Says:

    The old man on the left is pissed off because the hero didn’t bring him one of those fancy golden hats.

  17. Emster Says:

    I was ALSO thinking he looked like Luke Skywalker in a skirt and was going to comment until I read #3… It’s a geek thing, I guess.

  18. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @A.R. Yngve: probably didn’t appreciate having marmalade smeared on his forehead, either.

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