Jun 21


Good Show Sir comments: Omnibuns

Published 1977

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: 4.05 out of 10)

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23 Responses to “Omnibus”

  1. A. R. Yngve Says:

    The Robert E. Howard

  2. Cornelius Says:

    After the double amputation, Cynthia trained a gorilla to carry her everywhere.

  3. Dr Bob Says:

    @Cornelius GSS!

  4. Max Bathroom Says:

    “For Christ’s sake, get a move on! We’ll never get to the tarts and gorillas party before they award the costume prize at this rate!”

  5. fred Says:

    Moonrise of the planet of the apes.

  6. Francis Boyle Says:

    The transporter accident that Star Trek wouldn’t show you.

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    A double-decker.

    And, um, an innovative solution to the ‘feet are hard to draw’ conundrum.

  8. NomadUK Says:

    The bigger the cushion, the sweeter the pushin’, that’s what I say. Thinking the gorilla agrees.

  9. Leak Says:

    If hadn’t seen that this cover is about as old as me I’d have chalked it up to “bad AI ‘art'”…

    Also, as Escherian as that girl is – either she’s missing a limb or two, or there’s some bag of holding/hyperspace pocket shenanigans going on…

  10. Steve S Says:

    Maybe the space ape, gorilla creature thing. Is just looking for somewhere to park his bicycle?

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    That bikini was hastily added at the last minute, wasn’t it?

    @Cornelius: GSS! Shut it down, you win today.

    The gorilla was probably better company than Conan. No wandering around battling, and she got to display her mud flaps everywhere. Might chafe her tender skin with the body hair — though that might happen with Conan too.

  12. Max Bathroom Says:

    Conan did shave (or wax, or something), though. Haven’t you ever seen any of the Barry Windsor Smith comcs? The lad had less body hair in those than any of the women. Perhaps the whole muscle Mary, barbarian warrior thing was some sort of overcompensation thing…

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Max: You’re right. He only had the long flowing locks of hair. Where he found time to shave or wax so regularly during his adventuring is a mystery.

  14. Outis Says:

    Mmmm, the version I see in my P.Jones book has a darker sky, for the rest everything is there, or rather not there if you are looking for the dame’s lower limbs. Also, the image was created expressly for this very volume, and the title given is “Kidnapped”.
    Such old-school tropes: those monsters, however alien, found human ladies absolutely scrumptious. And the purported victim looks more bored than inconvenienced – “o-hum, another romantical monster, this is not getting too old…”

  15. Max Bathroom Says:

    Perhaps Conan was so manly in those comics that his body hair got scared and ran away?

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Max: He was so manly all he had to do was glare at it and it fell out?

  17. Emster Says:

    Wow, Peter Jones’ artwork shows up a lot here at GSS. Each piece delightfully more bizarro than the next. Thank you for upping the weirdness to the max, Mr. Jones, GSS!

    It would be great fun to read this book on the TTC while wearing a bright toque, big chunky jewelry and socks and sandals. Perhaps we should make an international day of it.

  18. Hammy Says:

    Okay, I’m confused (as usual).

    The gorilla-ish thing not only has the thighs of an NFL running back, the calves and feet are naked, and the one foot we see as it is running looks more like a bird claw than a gorilla or human foot….

    Maybe Conan got bored after finishing his personal grooming and started in on the gorilla-thing’s legs?

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Hammy: Feet are so hard to draw that Jones simply gave up? Reduced them from 4 to 1 and made that one weird so as to avoid toes?

    One wonders how the gorilla manages to move. He’s got tiny claw-feet, robust arms and thighs, and he’s carrying Miss Badonkadonk of Cimmeria. Shouldn’t he topple over with all that weight on those little feet?

    @Emster: If you ever get down my way, and if we ever find copies of this, I will be pleased to read this on public transit with you. I’ve got everything else, but you’ll have to supply the chunky jewelry. Deal?

  20. Max Bathroom Says:

    I confess that I did used to have a copy of this paperback, but didn’t ever read it on public transport.
    That cover illustration is probably for the collection’s Conan story (first in the book, obvs) The Pool of the Black One. There’s also a Kull, Solomon Kane, Clay Allison and a story starring a boxer who appeared to be a serial character though not one I’ve ever heard of and whose name I can’t remember. That one really sticks out because it’s a modern dress story with nothing supernatural going on. There’s also a horror western, and a couple of historical stories one with fantasy elements (The Grey God Passes) and one without (Hawks of Outremer). It’s quite a nice sampler of Howard’s stuff.

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Max: It does sound like a good collection.

    But did the first story feature a legless woman? We must know!

    Ha! I’ve caught Wikipedia out. They list several other collections that the story appeared in, but not this one. Perhaps they were too embarrassed by the cover.

  22. Emster Says:

    @GSS x-n: Deal!

  23. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Emster: It’s a date, then! My mom-knitted multi-green variegated yarn toque with pom-pom is ready.

    (Yes. It is that bad. Actual Canadians have laughed at it. In both English and French.)

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