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JuanPaul Comments: That hunk Lee Majors? It’s more like Sigh-borg!

Published 1974

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: 7.00 out of 10)

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20 Responses to “Cyborg”

  1. The Blue Are Coming Says:

    Because REAL test pilots wear leather gloves and cowboy boots.

  2. Max Bathroom Says:

    @The Blue Are Coming
    Maybe that’s why he crashed that flying wing and needed rebuilding in the first place?

  3. Emster Says:

    Last Christmas, it was the Six Million Dollar Man action figure and red jogging suit.

    This Christmas, all the kids want the space pj’s, slippers and B52 bed sheet set!

  4. Tat Wood Says:

    @The Blue Are Coming: those boots, plus the explosion and the ‘B52’ written on the side of the plane – I wonder if this was originally a cover for ‘Dr Strangelove’ and Lee Majors was Space Sheeped over Peter Sellers.

  5. fred Says:

    In what possible way is this in the tradition of The Andromeda Strain beyond doctors, scientists and $$$?

  6. Francis Boyle Says:

    Cowboy boots combined with a pressure suit, a surprisingly accurate B-25 Mitchell (sans props) and a B52 that isn’t. The artist has put a remarkable amount of effort into not making sense. Oh and if that’s Lee majors, I’m Farrah Fawcett.

  7. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Is it actually living tissue over a metal endoskeleton? My understanding was the “skin” on the Six Million Dollar Man’s arm and legs was just improbably convincing plastic. (Watched a fair amount of the show back in the 80s, and I’m fairly sure his wiring was exposed more than once without any accompanying bleeding. Not that they’d show it on TV at the time.)

    Cyborg “cutaways” are rarely very convincing. For instance, in the case of that hand, the links between the fingers and the palm look rather flimsy.


    “Caidin, Crichton, what’s the difference?”

    @Francis Boyle: as any caricaturist will tell you, drawing people so they’re recognizable is harder than it looks. I’m not sure the Unknown Artist Institute gives classes.

  8. Tor Mented Says:

    Come to think of it, I remember seeing a film version of “The Terminal Man.” And George Segal’s character arc is quite a bit different from that of Col. Steve Austin.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Finish the Blurb Already Dept:

    “In the explosive tradition of The Andromeda Strain and The Terminal Man but, clearly, neither of those books.”

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Good heavens, bad art!

    My copy* of “Cyborg” was this one
    Which is no prize at art, but at least is less likely to fry your retinas.
    Of course mine pre-dated the $6M Man. Book was NOT aimed at children/family audience.

    I don’t see anything this has in common with “Andromeda Strain” and “Terminal Man” other that they’re all SF-y novels written by men? Doesn’t narrow it down much, blurb writer.

    I guess? that’s supposed to be Lee Majors, or possibly a melting wax museum bust of him. Guess the background fireball got to him.

    I know Lee’s a good ol’ boy, but am pretty sure even he knows better than to wear cowboy boots and leather gloves with a spacesuit. And what the B-25 does and doesn’t look like.

    I don’t recall Steve’s eyeball popping out and shooting lasers, either, and I saw almost every episode.

    @Bruce: Yeah, it was always plastic skin over the sparking wires.

    * or possibly the one I nicked from my older brother

  11. The Blue Are Coming Says:

    Well that sucked.

    GSS was down yesterday. Did anyone else notice ?

  12. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    Blue: you bet we noticed. A day without GSS is a day without sunshine. Er, maybe I should reconsider that. Nearly every day here is a day without sunshine but the database crashes somewhat less frequently.

  13. A.R. Yngve Says:

    Editor: “We can rebuild the cover of Caidin’s book. We can make it sell stronger…. [t-t-t-t-t…] …faster… [t-t-t-t-t…]”

  14. Emster Says:

    @Blue – If you ever get a strange feeling, like the friend you lent a SF book to just misplaced it on the bus, that’s your GSS ESP warning you that the site is down.

    Personally, I’m blaming it on @A.R. Yngve for being MIA the past several cover offerings – almost threw the entire cosmos out of order – had it not been for some quick-witted catch up, who knows what would have happened 😉

  15. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @AR Yngve: how many millions of dollars will it cost?

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    We ALL notice when GSS is down. I try not to check more than twice a day, though.

    In return for all the books I nicked from my brother as a kid, I am mailing him several of mine that he wants, as well as some kids’ books he’d like to see again to see exactly how non-PC and canceled they are. Hint: you haven’t been able to buy for years and another is from The Movie Disney Never Shows.

  17. Lars of Mars Says:

    That top blurb is just bewildering, at least to those of us who grew up in the 60’s and 70’s. Cyborg is the book Six Million Dollar Man was based on, and if I recall correctly, has very little in common with the TV beyond a basic premise.
    I do believe that in the book Colonel Austin’s first replacement eye was a camera, complete with film that had to be removed and developed.

  18. A. R. Yngve Says:

    @Bruce A Munro: Adjusted for inflation since 1974, six BILLION dollars.

  19. Bruce A Munro Says:

    This is actually pretty restrained by the standards of earlier Martin Caidin covers.

  20. Tat Wood Says:

    Is the Vesalius-alike bottom centre supposed to be Stretch Armstrong?

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