Aug 23

Climacticon: the yearly orgy convention

Good Show Sir Comments: Gumby’s blow-up doll.

Published 1960

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: 7.43 out of 10)

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17 Responses to “The Climacticon”

  1. fred Says:

    So basically a pre-Ringworld tasp with a pre-Jetson’s flying car, This cover could see the future.

  2. Tor Mented Says:

    (There’s a meme from one of those pawn-shop reality shows.)
    “Climacticon? Sorry, the best I can do is a blow-up doll.”

  3. Max Bathroom Says:

    I wonder if Woody Allen ever read that one?

  4. fred Says:

    The oscilloscope should have been space sheeped.

  5. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Never trust a machine with such a sh**-eating grin.

    Is the horny heart-headed dude pointing a camera at the girl, or is he planning high-tech molestation with the titular “climacticon?”

  6. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Climacticon sounds like a convention I’ve no interest in attending.

    Shouldn’t the pervy Gumby machine be a “Climactitron” instead? It’s a better label for a machine, with an extra sex word in.

    @Bruce: Don’t think cameras had an antenna then, so electric molestation it is.

  7. TheBlueAreComing Says:

    I’m pretty sure Barbarella had an orgasmatron before Woody Allen.

  8. Hammy Says:

    Too bad Buckminster Fuller didn’t write this one. He could have titled it:

    “The Climaxion”.

    I’ll get me hat….

  9. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Hammy: coincidentally, I’ve started reading a recent biography of Buckminster Fuller. It’s early years yet, but the one thing I’ve really gathered was that he was a wee bit of a confabulator when it came to his own life’s story. (I’m not saying he was entirely Fuller it, but…)

  10. Max Bathroom Says:

    You’re right. I was forgetting Jane Fonda got there first.

  11. Tor Mented Says:

    But Woody Allen came second.
    So she thanked him.

  12. Tor Mented Says:

    (OK, so I can’t resist puns, but I probably shouldn’t be making sex jokes involving Woody Allen, all things considered. My apologies.)

  13. TheBlueAreComing Says:

    @Tor – GSS !

    No apologies needed.

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tor: As long as the woman is over 18 and not related.

  15. Emster Says:


    I suspect the first submission for cover art was too pervy and this last ditch effort was inspired by their preschooler’s art and the magnets holding it on the fridge.

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Emster: It does have a look of “preschooler smearing watercolors around” with a few pervier elements added by dad. I think many of us have had similar art upon the fridge, sans perv. I don’t even have kids and I’ve magneted a few of those from friends’ littles to my icebox.

  17. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob:very minor Richard Powers – he could do better. Not really my cup of tea, but he was a big frog in the small SF artists pond for a while, and his look certainly was distinctive:

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