Apr 12

Is the hypo supposed to be off-center?

Good Show Sir comments: “Take the jab, dammit!”

Thanks to Ryan for sending this in!

You might remember this from here.

Published 1954

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: 7.75 out of 10)

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22 Responses to “G.O.G. 666”

  1. fred Says:

    The reviews match the cover.

  2. Tat Wood Says:

    Bottom right, company logo: what IS that robot doing to that vending machine?

    You’d think that after springng for a full-colour cover, they’d have better hand-eye co-ordination.

  3. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Writing this brought the author to tears. Now he’s going to inject them directly into your veins.

    (The title seems to be suggesting something, but it’s ambiguous. Perhaps adding SATAN! in big red letters would make it clearer.)

  4. Emster Says:

    @fred: but it doesn’t tell us what G.O.G. stands for, assuming it meant something in the 50’s and is “boring-er” than my imagination…
    I suggest the following (that I did not make up myself):
    Grumpy Old Git
    Good Old Giggle
    Globe of Geek

  5. Daard23 Says:

    Can we get a “3-D” tag?

  6. Francis Boyle Says:

    Off-centre hypos are a thing. Presumably it allows the needle to sit closer to the skin. Of course that doesn’t explain why one is on this cover. Obviously it has deep artistic significance. Either that or it’s the 50’s equivalent of clipart. Which, unfortunately, was also a thing.

  7. Tor Mented Says:

    The government agents monitoring my computer have probably gone on high alert because I did so many searches for off-center hypodermic needles. I was sure there were ones like Francis just posted.
    The outlines in the background are probably supposed to be laboratory retorts. But to me, they look a bit like a man’s wedding tackle, with the needle stabbing it right in the Taine.

  8. Max Bathroom Says:

    Goat of Goatiness?
    Greek Orifice Groping?
    Global Orgy Goal?

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Dear Tor Mented,
    Please be advised that we have frozen your computer, impounded all of your accounts, and repossessed your automobile. You will shortly be visited by a team of agents to discuss your recent online activity, where it appears your have engaged in one off-center-needle-search too far.

    The Deep State

  10. A. R. Yngve Says:


  11. A. R. Yngve Says:

    “G.O.G.” might stand for…

    – Gratuitously Operated Glaucoma
    – Ghastly Ophthalmological Graphics
    – Gormless Offending Grip

  12. The Blue Are Coming Says:

    Didn’t anyone else think “Google” when they saw this ?

    Google Operates Globally

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @fred: At least we can take comfort that the book deserved these bad covers.

    @Tor (in the Fed pen): I’ve heard that often you’ve got to keep an eye on the wedding tackle, but this is ridiculous.

    The placement of the hand, needle, and tackle is making me worry about the sort of activities one doesn’t want to image search for.

    Even if they are retorts (we’ve got 13 retorts to this book right here…), the floating eyeball and hand with giant syringe is off-putting.

  14. Leak Says:

    I guess someone’s about to have the Taine of their live…

  15. Tat Wood Says:

    There’s a 3D Gog from the same year that’s even more inept:

  16. Tor Mented Says:

    @BC and GSS-xn: Come to think of it, I wanted to make sure I had the right name for that glass labware, so I also did searches for “lab equipment.”
    I’m screwed.

  17. Emster Says:

    @Max, ARY, Blue – impressive! Geek Orifice Giggles

    All – I’m sure everyone has a few novels the used bookshop has rejected that we can hollow out/smuggle goods to @Tor’s future address…

  18. Tracy Says:

    I LOVE this cover! The graphics are so eye-catching, I’d give it a -10 stars if I could.

  19. Hammy Says:

    I *know* that John Taine is a pen name, but I just can’t help but wonder if the author’s friends call him “Puddin'”….

  20. The Blue Are Coming Says:

    Hehe…this Yank has never heard it called “wedding tackle” before. Took me a bit to figure what it meant. Now I can’t unsee it 😀

    Looks like Picasso drew the cover art. The proportions are off. And Willy’s eye is in the wrong spot.

  21. Emster Says:

    @Tor and @Blue – argh – now I see it, but due to that other creative infliction, I see a green alien flamingo in profile, with an orange wing and a really freaky big eye (needle is the metal spike that keeps it upright in the lawn).

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Emster: It looked like some kind of bird to me too. Beak, big freaky eye, round body.

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