Apr 26

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Good Show Sir Comments: A Quinn Martian Production

Thanks to Ryan for sending this in!

Published 1967

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: 5.30 out of 10)

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10 Responses to “Dam of Death”

  1. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “A tale of dental surgery terror!”

    I suppose that when you’re working on books based on SF TV and movies, the artist may find themselves limited by the cheap-ass visuals of said media: but this looks like an outright surrender.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    Invaders! Hide in plain sight by visiting tearooms and drinking lots of cups of tea with pinkie extended – nobody will ever suspect.

  3. A. R. Yngve Says:

    The TV show “The Invaders” was created by B-movie legend Larry Cohen, and can be seen on YouTube:

    It was in some ways a precursor to “The X-Files” (aliens are among us and the hero struggles against a massive cover-up).

  4. Francis Boyle Says:


    I’m going to have to disagree with you here. I like this cover as an example of minimalism done right. The saucer maybe simplistic but it’s an elegant design that has become iconic. Same with “architect David Vincent”. (Chris Carter certainly thought so when he put Thinnes in the The X-Files.) Add a period appropriate colour scheme (that’s actually quite subtle) to the B&W originals and you have a solid design that tells the customer what they getting (a novelisation of the TV series, no more, no less) and won’t shock the feint of heart when you pull out the book on a bus. On the other hand maybe all this is just nostalgia for my 60s childhood (of which watching The Invaders was one of the better parts).

  5. THX 1139 Says:

    1960s Batman would have called this Embankment of Death.

  6. fred Says:

    Nice to see the UAI removed the annoying single hair artifact from the original process shot.

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    Releasing a book tie-in shows more faith in the literacy of the public than reading out all the names and captions urgently in the title-sequences. QM seemed to assume that everyone was in the next room.

  8. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Watch out for the pinky fingers, Roy!

    This is a very nice cover of the era. There are so many bad ones, as we see here. This does what it says on the tin. It’s a good likeness, too, as you can see from @fred’s link.

    I loved this show as a kid, and obviously so did Chris Carter. X-Files wouldn’t exist without “The invaders”. (In Color!)

    @Tat: before the advent of VCRs and DVRs, the viewer likely was elsewhere, and the stentorian tones let you know it was time to get back into the den. I recall sprinting out of the kitchen to the TV room more than once. I liked having the shots of the actors with their names — it was really hard to find out who played who back then.

  9. Emster Says:

    @ THX: Weir of Demise, Levee of Expiration!

    Everyone else: I somehow missed this little gem, it wasn’t part of the after school reruns on the two stations we got (but somehow Pettycoat Junction made the roster). Neato. Looking forward to a YouTube binge!

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob, @Francis Boyle: to each their own. I find it rather boring. But then I’ve always had a fondness for the baroque.

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